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Isolation and aging are the concepts behind artistic director Michelle Kranicke's new hour-long Just Left of Remote. The hoods that are part of Heidi Dakter's costumes may look like beekeeper headgear or Victorian bonnets, but from the dancers' point of view, Kranicke says, they provide instant privacy, almost a kind of armor. She begins the piece by going back to the basics of mass and inertia, with live-feed video close-ups of a dancer's feet and calves as she crouches and slowly shifts her weight, suggesting the balancing act of creating identity: changing, reacting to change, moving forward because there's no alternative. The following meditative trio similarly includes a great deal of stillness, which is challenging but fruitful for both dancers and audience—especially when set to Michael Caskey's minimalist yet emotionally evocative score. Inspired by Donald Judd's sculptures in Marfa, Texas, and Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, a mindfuck of a play that dramatizes a single woman at three different ages meeting and not recognizing herself, this is a rich, ambiguous, serious dance. a Thu-Sat 10/25-10/27, 8 PM, family matinee Sat 10/27, 3 PM, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan, 312-344-6600, $24 Thu, $28 Fri-Sat, $10 Sat, $6 kids. —Laura Molzahn

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