Noise rock meets ballet in a revival of Karole Armitage’s 1981 piece “Drastic-Classicism.” Dancers share the stage with the band, which includes Chicagoans Mike Vallera and Shelly Steffens. Armitage’s aggressive movement vocab captures well the adolescent rage and sexual fervor that made your parents hate the music and wait up for you in the living room with the lights off. Is this piece really more than thirty years old? Also on the program are the sexy “The Watteau Duets” from 1985 and “GAGA-Gaku, ” Armitage’s newest piece inspired by Cambodian court music, Balinese dance and Japanese Noh theater. The performance coincides with the MCA’s exhibition on art, love and politics in the eighties, a tidy contextualization for New York-based Armitage’s early work. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the MCA Stage, 220 East Chicago, (312)397-4010. Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28 at 7:30pm. $28-$35.