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Shapiro & Smith play with fire

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This weekend, Shapiro & Smith returns to the Southern Theater to present three world premieres and a reprise of a favorite from last year for their show, "Burning Air." Choreographer Joanie Smith, one of City Pages' 2010 Artists of the Year, is sure to present some engaging work along with company member Eddie Oroyon, who has also choreographed one of the pieces.   [jump]

The titular piece, "Burning Air," is a new solo by Smith about the Great Hinkley Fire of 1894. Incorporating text by playwright and Guggenheim Fellow David Greenspan and music by Scott Killian, Smith creates a dream-like piece ripe with emotion using imagery of fire, water, and air.

Another world premiere in the show is a comedic, rhythmic piece called "Pat a Cake," featuring Laura Selle Virtucio and Megan McClellan. The third world premiere is choreographed by Eddie Oroyon, one of the most agile male dancers in town, who has been gaining a name for himself in the past few years as a risk-taking choreographer in his own right. 

Finally, Shapiro & Smith presents their hit from last season, "Bolero," which dance critic Linda Shapiro praised for its "gut-busting athleticism and gut-wrenching emotion." 

The lineup definitely promises to be a great evening. Performances are on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Southern Theater (1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis). Tickets are $21-23, with $12 student rush.