Molly Shanahan grapples with one of the most compelling and elemental ideas in live performance—the energy between the artist and the audience: the power that relationship wields over the moment and the possibilities it opens for the spontaneous generation of art. Her work is, by nature, an ongoing process and the wealth she has mined over the years is evidenced in the nuanced choreography she sets on her own and other companies. This weekend marks the fifteenth year of Shanahan’s “Stamina of Curiosity” project through Mad Shak, her company which features a rotating cast of some of the most inquisitive and fearless young dancers in the city. The project is an invitation to engage fully as an observer, witnessing how the raw materials of movement are refined in the dance-making process. Come attentive, come curious. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Ballroom Theater, Marjorie Ward Dance Center at Northwestern University, 10 Arts Circle Dr. (847)491-7282. June 4 – 6, 8pm. $15.