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There are a few lines from an Alice Walker poem that I want to copy and tape to the refrigerator door of some of my friends: "Never offer someone your heart who is a heart eater / Who finds heart meat delicious but not rare." Eater of Hearts, Paula Frasz's solo based on that poem--to be premiered as part of this year's Next Dance Festival, a showcase of emerging and independent choreographers--gives dancer Frank Fiscella his first villain role; Frasz plans to capitalize on Fiscella's predatory grin. For Skin Deep, a Chicago premiere, Frasz's inspiration is a line from an Annie Lennox song: "Keep young and beautiful if you want to be loved." It'll be performed by two older dancers wrapped in cellophane and toting frying pans. This weekend's lineup also includes work by Christy Munch and the Soul & Duende Spanish American Dance Theatre. Munch makes many happy dances, but I'm always drawn to her unhappy ones, like Hot Dry Blue and Landscape of Destruction. She describes a new dance, Black Turtle, as an easygoing piece based on her musings about the Galapagos Islands; all three dances are on this program. Soul & Duende will perform flamenco dance, some traditional and some that fuses American jazz and blues with Spanish music and dance. The festival continues next weekend with dances by Claire Bataille, Ginger Farley, Anthony Gongora, and festival organizer Winifred Haun. Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3; next Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, at 8 and next Sunday, November 27, at 3. At the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport; $15, festival pass $25. Call 784-6735 for tickets and information.

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