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Dominated by a 13-foot shadow puppet of a blasted tree, Carrie Hanson's newly expanded The Waning Hours is uncharacteristically "lush" for her, she says. Described as "a dance of three episodes of mourning," it's set to Henryk Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. The new sections are Hanson's duet for herself and Krenly Guzman, which opens the piece, and a solo for Guzman; a trio that Hanson premiered in 2004 at the Other Dance Festival concludes the work. The duet in particular is filled with odd but affecting movements: hauling oneself up from the floor by grasping the other dancer's arm hand over hand, cradling the other dancer's face in the crook of an arm. Gently touching one's own cheek or neck looked like an expression of grief to me, but Hanson says she was thinking of the way the earlobes fall back at the point of death. Also on the program is a comic premiere, Odd Fellow, inspired by 19th-century communitarian utopian groups like the Mormons. Doug Stapleton and Peter Carpenter have stitched together a text from various sources, and the "lively, dense" music, as Hanson describes it, is by the Orchestra of Excited Strings. Thu-Sat 3/30-4/1, 8 PM, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan, 312-344-8300, $20.

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