Choreographer Mathew Janczewski first unveiled this full-length dance work for his ARENA Dances troupe in 2002, and it certainly deserves a second viewing. Inspired by Gustav Klimt's lush paintings, the piece takes place in an evocative world where the dancers look to one another to fulfill a tenuous combination of tender understanding and aggressive release. Janczewski is known for his innovative partnering, and "waterBRIDGE" is a good example of his imaginative, complex style. It is an ambitious dance theater experience that pays off in well-crafted choreography, strong performance values, and the dancers' own willingness to embrace Janczewski's daring physical experiments.
May 8-10, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 10, 5 p.m., 2008