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Rebecca Rossen and Keith Carollo 

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What I liked about Rebecca Rossen's pieces at Dance Chicago '95 last fall, both of which Keith Carollo performed in, was their direct, devil-may-care attitude. Fuck it, she seemed to say, I'm going to try this and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. I don't know whether that's Carollo's influence on her--he's a nondancer and a recent transplant to Chicago, though he's not new to the arts--or just another side of her choreographic personality coming out. Whatever, this joint concert promises intelligent, creative people fooling around and amusing us in the process. Rossen and Carollo have developed the work-in-progress duet they presented last fall, Bit, into a new piece that attempts to find the interface between her lanky grace and his compact coordination. Rossen presents an update of a duet she choreographed in Israel for herself and a musician, in this case violinist Katherine Hughes; embellished with original films by Carolyn Faber, Fugue: Concord/Discord retrogrades both the music and the steps. But it's lighthearted--Rossen calls it erotic and comic. Her Segment, a quartet for young, highly skilled dancers, borrows from Cunningham, cheerleading, gymnastics, and flamenco and is set to a score by the master of oblique meaning, David Pavkovic. Carollo offers a solo based on a Nancy Drew mystery, The Secret of Shadow Ranch, and Peel, a duet he blithely says "isn't really about anything, just a layered repetition of casual, unpolished steps to a good beat." Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7 at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $8-$10. Call 491-1728 for tickets and information. --Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Robert Kutchen.

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