Zenon Dance Company: Fall Season

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While Zenon Dance Company is currently mostly known for edgy post-modern works, its deepest roots are in jazz dance. So one big reason to go see this performance is "Ezekiel's Wheel," Danny Buraczeski's brilliant exploration of the Civil Rights movement. The piece, which incorporates text by James Baldwin and music by jazz-soul composer Philip Hamilton, has a history that is as fascinating as its revelations about how jazz-dance vocabulary and formal rigor can illuminate social issues. Originally created in the 1999 for Buraczeski's Minneapolis-based JAZZDANCE company, "Ezekiel's Wheel" was inspired by an audiotape of James Baldwin that Buraczeski found hidden away in the Minneapolis Public Library. "Baldwin's prose and voice were so rhythmic that I used the text as music," he says. Now, the work comes back to roost with Zenon, where Buraczeski was associate artistic director from 1989-92. Also on deck is "Caught" by Stefanie Batten Bland, a work that deals with environmental degradation by setting dancers loose inside an installation of netting woven from white plastic bags, and a welcome reprise of luciana achugar's sizzling "Molten Substance," honoring the spirit and spunk of Zenon's wild, wild women. (Photo by William Cameron)
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Nov. 22. Continues through Dec. 1, 2013
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