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Preview: Autumn Passion/River North Dance Company

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Photo courtesy Jennifer Gerard

Photo courtesy Jennifer Gerard


The River North Dance Company fall program is bookended by world premieres, opening with Ashley Roland’s slithering, sexy “Get Out the Ghost.” The piece for six dancers starts with a writhing, twitching dance of the possessed. Southern Gothic imagery comes to mind from the scuttling, slinky movement vocabulary and a delicious score featuring excerpts by Edgar Meyer, Thomas Newman and Bela Fleck. Halfway through the piece an exorcism occurs and the three couples are released from their torment into spinning, ethereal lifts. The show closes with a new commissioned piece by Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Kevin Iega Jeff. Iega Jeff has created several works for RNDC and the two are a good fit; Iega Jeff’s emotionally driven choreography sits well on this group of dancers who move with a sweet, unguarded clarity. Between these two pieces are four other short works, including Adam Barruch’s theatrical solo to Angela Lansbury’s famous rendition of “The Worst Pies in London” and RNDC Artistic Director Frank Chaves’ charming suite of short dances set to the music of Eva Cassidy. (Sharon Hoyer)

At the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph (312)334-7777. November 16 and 17, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. $30-$75.

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