The Dance COLEctive | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Dance | Chicago Reader
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When: Jan. 20-22, 8 p.m. 2011
Phone: 773-604-8452
Price: $22, $18 students/seniors
Snap judgments produced Pull Taut, one of three premieres on Dance COLEctive's 15th-anniversary program. Artistic director Margi Cole came up with the movement vocabulary by devising diabolical improv games based on Blink, Malcolm Gladwell's book about "the power of thinking without thinking." Among them: movement speed dates and "thin slicing," in which dancers performed a chunk of material as best they could after seeing others do it once. Dominated by interactions just seconds long, Pull Taut suggests members of a large, dysfunctional family engaged in rapid-fire skirmishes. You might want to go home afterward and veg out in front of the TV--alone. Liz Burritt's new, text-intensive I, created partly through a questionnaire she asked company members to fill out, explores how women handle a sense of failure. And in the third premiere, Chocolates and Dynamite, creator-performers Cole and Jeff Hancock examine being one's own worst enemy. Maelstrom, Cole's piece for New Trier High School's Menz Dance, completes the program. --Laura Molzahn

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