Originating in postwar Japan amidst a storm of controversy, “butoh” is a type of performance art that some practitioners consider a form of dance, but that others insist is an expressionistic, highly stylized series of movements that have nothing to do with dance. No matter. Chicago-based butoh performer Nicole LeGette created her blushing poppy productions to celebrate and perpetuate botah. Her “Moon Spectre: Phase I” is sort of a topsy-turvy take on the tradition of the “Sun Goddess” creation myth where daylight was preserved through a reflection of the shy goddess’ rays. Here, the silvery rays of the moon become a silent observer and mirror for our own attitudes and shadows. (Dennis Polkow)
Fri-Sun/8pm, Sun/7pm, Links Hall (second floor), 3435 N. Sheffield, (773)281-0824. $10-$15. Though Nov 12.