Vision, Faith, & Desire II | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Vision, Faith, & Desire II 

When: Feb. 6-8 2014
Price: $15
Martha Graham's reputation as the patron saint of modern dance rests not only on her stupendous oeuvre but also her convictions about dance. Her most influential belief, arguably, is the idea that dance has a sacramental dimension that can be regarded as an outward sign of an inward practice of vision, faith, and desire—where vision means seeing dance as a way of affirming life through movement, faith means trusting that "wherever a dancer stands, that spot is holy ground," and desire means exploring sexual tension through a contraction of the pelvis that twists the torso around a pivot point deep in the gut. Graham's kinetic logic is the guiding principle behind "Vision, Faith & Desire," a series of showcases of work by local dance makers organized by choreographers Winifred Haun and Lizzie Leopold. The second concert in the series promises to be both more spare and more substantial than the first. Each of the six pieces shows Graham's influence: riffs on her style and technique, the incorporation of props. I was able to preview two of the pieces in rehearsal. Continue reading >>


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