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Repertory Dance Theatre: Portal

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 4 2014

One of the best parts of being a true repertory dance company—especially one that's been curating work since 1966—is that each time you stage a new performance, you have a deep well of works to draw from. For its season opener, Portal, Repertory Dance Theatre is dusting off something from 1970 and combining it with something as fresh as a world premiere. Two of the four pieces on the program are commissions by the company, including Stephen Koester's surrealist Fever Sleep (2005) and Viola Farber's Passengers (1970), inspired by Merce Cunningham's "chance philosophy" of movement in which the dancers use spontaneity and individual choice to help shape the work. Also featured are Zvi Gotheiner's Duets to Brazilian-Indian Music (1998) and the aforementioned world premiere, created by the Israeli duo of Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof, both former dancers with Tel Aviv's famed Batsheva Dance Company. Founded in 1964 by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, the acclaimed company has long been led by Ohad Naharin, who is responsible for developing the Gaga Movement Language. In a way, it is more a philosophy of movement, in which practitioners are encouraged to engage with the natural rhythms of the body and tune them to the rhythms of the universe—to use the push and pull of tension and release, minute and grand gestures alike, to center the body and the mind. Zuk and Fishof's By The Snake was created within this unique choreographic framework, and further enhances RDT's ever-expanding repertoire. (Jacob Stringer, City Weekly)

Price: $30

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