ARENA Dances: I hate myself. Will you please love me?

Mathew Janczewski has a way with popular music. It illuminates his elegant, free-flowing choreography while giving some air to his darkly comic side. I hate myself. Will you please love me? channels the spirit of Karen Carpenter, whom the teenage Janczewski spent hours listening to and weeping over in his basement. An irreverent and expressionistic foray into the lives of Karen and Richard Carpenter, the work also includes music by Fourtet, Babes in Toyland, and Bright Eyes. There will be pre-show activities with different local bands each night playing Carpenters covers, plus informal discussions about eating disorders and related concerns, led by specialists.
March 4-5, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 6, 7 p.m., 2011

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