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The Kay and Christy Show: Two Years After 

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You might think they were just two kooky blonds. After all, during the "Kay and Christy Show" two years ago Kay Wendt LaSota lit a little bonfire on a box in what looked like a science experiment or magic trick gone bad. But though she and Christine Munch are blond, and perhaps more than a little off-the-wall, they're also versatile, imaginative artists not content to stop at what they know. Munch, who's worked extensively in costume design, is a strongly visual choreographer who keeps a firm hand on her materials and is as deft with angst (witness Landscape of Destruction, based on Balm in Gilead, two years back) as with a joke. She'll premiere two pieces--Netting, a sextet with an original score by Jerry Curry, and Postcards From the Ledge, with costumes inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec and music from a Charlie Chaplin film sound track--as well as two reworked dances, Black Turtle and What Have You. LaSota (once a member of the charming Sock Monkeys) tends to be less dancey in her approach than Munch; she's more matter-of-fact, more likely to use input from her performers, more likely to rely on chance. Her three duets on this program include two older works--Hark the Hairless Angels Sing and The Austrian Twins--and a premiere called The Way Home, in which the way is marked by a road of flame. I guess nothing's more unpredictable than fire. Also promising are the performers they've lined up for the show--among them Amy Alt, Sheldon B. Smith, Craig LaSota (Kay's nondancer husband), Frank Fishella, Paula Frasz, JulieAnn Graham, Julie Hopkins, and Marianne Kim. Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7 at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $8. Call 281-0824 for tickets and information. --Laura Molzahn

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


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