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Muna Tseng Dance Projects 

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For The Pink: An Erotic Ritual of Sound and Dance, New York choreographer Muna Tseng took her inspiration from The Golden Lotus, an erotic Ming dynasty novel that remains banned in her native Hong Kong. "I took out of it the essence of human desire," she says, "of human longing, of an inner life, of sensuality--the desire to have contact with another human being." The Pink addresses such heavy issues as sexual oppression and objectification, but Tseng never preaches. Instead, she seduces her audience. Her choreography is slow and sensual; it skims lightly around the borders of pornography but never dives in. Tseng, who was born and raised in Hong Kong but trained in Vancouver, combines Eastern and Western aesthetics in her work. The overall rhythm is slow and deliberate, accentuated by Tan Dun's haunting, minimalist music, created solely with human voices and paper instruments. Paper is a recurring metaphor in The Pink. As Tseng says, "Artistically, there is nothing more suggestive than the sound of rustling paper to evoke feelings of the sensual, the erotic, and the violent." Thursday through next Saturday, November 10-12, at 8 at the Dance Center of Columbia College, 4730 N. Sheridan; $14-$16. Call 271-7928 for tickets and info.

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