Chamber Dance Company

The UW's Chamber Dance Company is known for lively reconstructions of historic repertory, but this week's program doesn't look very far back in the vaults. Relationships features work from the late '80s and early '90s, when postmodern dance turned emotional. The broader American culture was fraught with the excesses of the Reagan years and the horrors of AIDS. Inside the studios, choreographers were responding to these forces on an often personal level. Wade Madsen’s Embrace, a blithe set of duets about romance, Bebe Miller’s jazz-inflected end-of-the-party piece Cantos Gordos, and To Have and to Hold, a meditation on loss by Joanie Smith and Danial Shapiro, all use the pattern-making tools of postmodern dance to touch our hearts as well as play games with our heads. SANDRA KURTZ

Oct. 13-15, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 16, 2 p.m., 2011

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