hold . . . hold on anyway . . . go anyway . . . let go anyway

In Freya Wormus’ new dance, getting off the ground takes a great deal of effort. Instead of leaping into the air, Wormus and her three other dancers literally climb the wall of a yoga studio, hauling themselves up with straps and hanging there by their fingertips. Wormus and her fellow performers (Julie Andres, Victoria Jacobs, and Alex Martin) sometimes cooperate to reach higher or farther in the space; other times they seem to chafe at the limitations of the equipment, each of them competing for the best vantage point, actually climbing over each other to escape. It’s exactly those limitations that make this piece so good. The performers aren’t trying to disguise their work—the setup is as important as the payoff. As they untangle the straps, manipulate the buckles and loops, or plug their lines into a new position, it’s like watching the magician explain the trick for us. SANDRA KURTZ [See Sandra's full review.]

Fri., Dec. 10, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 11, 8 p.m., 2010

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