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Winifred Haun & Dancers 

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Of all the young choreographers in Chicago, few are as serious--and as successful--as Wini Haun. Offstage, she runs head-on into risky ventures such as organizing last fall's Next Dance Festival or staging two seasons per year while most companies rely on one. Onstage, she's equally bold, following her instincts and never looking around to see what other choreographers are doing. Her clean, angular style is unlike any other. Not only is her phrasing unusually rhythmic and precise, the pictures she creates onstage have an odd but genuine compositional harmony. In Minutes, a sometimes funny, sometimes harsh record of board meetings, Haun's dancers move on top of, around, and under an enormous black table. At times they seem like creatures in a painting by Joan Miro, where depth of space is intriguingly flattened into one plane. Gene Coleman's atonal, abstract music seems similarly flattened, adding an even greater sense of distortion and oddity. Haun's reputation as an emotional, even visceral choreographer is evident in her more upbeat dance, Other Sides, which takes a goofy, lighthearted look at differing male and female energies. A third piece, Neither, an abstract collaboration with Coleman, is so named because their first collaboration was entitled It's Both. Ever the promoter of new choreography, Haun shares the bill with Ginger Farley and Amy Crandall. Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7 at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $7. Call 281-0824 for tickets and information.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo/Bill Frederking.

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