Unlike other works of art, dances are created directly of the muscle and blood, skin and bones, hearts and minds of dancers who serve as muses, collaborators, and very high-caliber raw material. TU Dance's fall concerts demonstrate the remarkable synergy between this multi-endowed, multiethnic company and choreographer Uri Sands. His versatile dances energize both audience and performers by connecting to the dynamic and emotional possibilities rooted in ballet, modern, African, and jazz dance. Watching the TU dancers do their stuff, you often feel like you're experiencing molten lava crystallize into a dazzling rock formation. This program reprises "The 6 Beginnings," Sands's exuberant response to Bach's "Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello"; an excerpt from "My Apologies," a dance that explores the pathology of relationships through ferocious partnering; and "Shapes and Gaits," in which Sands negotiates a stultifying maze of societal roles through the conventions of minstrel shows and some really sinister puppetry. Sands premieres "Beverly," based on memories of growing up in Miami, to music by R&B legends Maze, featuring Frankly Beverly, and "...And Let Go," a new duet for the sublime Eva Mohn and guest artist Nathan Trice. Also on the program is Ron Brown's translucent solo for Toni Pierce Sands.
Nov. 16-17, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m., 2007