Carrie Ahern

Contemporary dance training has branched out from the old-school models of modern versus ballet class, but there aren't too many performers who get ready for a show by learning how to butcher a lamb. Carrie Ahern has certainly spent her time in the dance studio, but for Borrowed Prey, her new work investigating "our relationship to the animals most of us consume," she actually apprenticed herself to a meatcutter. In our food-obsessed culture, with its emphasis on knowing the people who produce what we eat, Ahern steps behind the counter in a real butcher shop, Rain Shadow Meats, turning muscle into meat. SANDRA KURTZ

Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 17. Continues through Jan. 27, 2013

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