Two choreographers view gender through a multifaceted lens in this shared concert. Jessica Briggs uses nautical metaphors in her exploration of feminine and masculine movement inspired by 1930s films like Ship Ahoy and Born to Dance. Briggs creates witty works rooted in feminism where, for instance, a flurry of stereotypical feminine gestures is delivered with the speed and focus of a gymnast. Nick LeMere seeks to discover a new breed of mermaids, bringing those mythological seductresses into the contemporary realm of androgyny. With the help of musician Grant Cutler, he promises to take you through a lagoon of sexless sea creatures, improvisationally creating and washing away movement forms.
Thu., Sept. 15, 6 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 17, 6 p.m., 2011