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around the world in four ballets 

Wednesday, Aug 21 2013

Ballet serves as a foundational technique for much of western dance, consisting of an aesthetic that favors the body as an abstract: the architecture of the physique distilled into the clarity of a few well placed lines, relationships that sublimate passion into virtuosity, patterns that emphasize a communal vision of unison and uniformity. The Garage's Resident Artist Workshop has long been the incubator for new and established choreographers looking to experiment, and on Aug. 28 and 29, Joy Prendergast, Victor Talledos, Laura Bernasconi, and Rachael Elliott work through and beyond their balletic origins to create independent works that draw upon their unique backgrounds, whether consisting of other idioms of movement, such as yoga, Indian dance, and classical modern technique, or cultural roots and experiences in Mexico, China, and the Netherlands. The resulting works feature moments of humor, madness, and joy through movement that retains athleticism, technical precision, and beauty.

Thu., Aug. 29, 8 p.m., 2013

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