Since it hit the ground running five years ago, TU Dance has enriched the local dance scene with powerful technique in the service of luminous poetic images. Artistic co-director Uri Sands has produced a continuous outpouring of dances exploring themes from minstrelsy to melancholy. His dynamic mix of dance dialects creates highly textured and nuanced testimonials to what dance, purely and simply, is all about: human interaction. Sands's lively conversations between modern dance, ballet, West African, and popular dance forms have coalesced into works that mix formal structure and emotional abandon in increasingly compelling ways. This concert reprises "Lady," to the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which celebrates the everyday rituals of a tightly knit community playing, loving, supporting one another with buoyant energy and amazing grace. A new work, "Likedatliciousonicdindaadaa," lets six dancers loose in an urban landscape, while "Ashes and Dust" features co-director Toni Pierce-Sands, whose formidable dancing and emotional transparency continue to illuminate TU Dance's expanding repertory.
June 19-21, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 22, 7 p.m.; June 26-27, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 28, 2 p.m.; Sun., June 29, 7 p.m., 2008