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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pageantry at CounterPULSE

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 8:11 AM

click to enlarge Photo by Katherine McKinley
  • Photo by Katherine McKinley

Liz Tenuto and Justin Morrison are young and beautiful, and they have things to show you in Pageantry, their shared evening of new work at CounterPULSE June 7-9. Quirky, gesture-based, and unafraid of being uncomfortably close to each other and to the audience, Tenuto and her dancers present a dance in two parts on the darker side of change. Treating themes as abstract as devotion and as particular as the "authoritarian nature of dance and theater making," Tenuto's work crosses a range of dance idioms to make a theatrical statement that never loses sight of humor and the absurd.

Morrison, known for his weekly contact improv jams, as well as frequent appearances with a number of Bay Area dance companies, premieres WEAPON, a solo that considers touch and tools, man and nature, violence and desire. Together, the evening explores the range between camp and genuine feeling as exhibited in the gestures of life and the practice of technique.

Pageantry is at 8pm June 7-9 at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St, S.F. Tickets are $15; visit counterpulse.org

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