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Dance Alloy quartet makes ComMotion with series kickoff

| Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001

ComMotion
  • Series opener, 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Free; limited seating.
  • Dance Alloy Neighborhood Dance Center, 5530 Penn Ave., Friendship.
  • (412) 363-4321.

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  • If the Beatles Anthology series showed us anything, it's that inspiration is 90 percent perspiration. The early outtakes and drafts of 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Helter Skelter,' so different from the versions we know and love, offered startling glimpses into the creative process and showed us that the road to perfection can be bumpy and full of wrong turns.

    For those who believe the journey is just as important as the destination, there's the Dance Alloy's ComMotion series. Informal, educational and free, these Friday night gatherings afford dance devotees and the merely curious a chance to rub elbows with the dancers and see work take shape before their eyes.

    This year's ComMotion Series, expanded from five to 14 performances, kicks off Friday at the Alloy's Neighborhood Dance Center in Friendship. It features a first glimpse of 'The Rules,' a new work by Artistic Director Mark Taylor.

    It also will give audiences a look at this year's Alloy lineup. With the departure of dancers Elizabeth Swallow and Delano Jean-Pierre, the Alloy carries on as a quartet, tapping the services of free-lancers Adrienne Barr and Penn Hills native Kyle Abraham, who danced at the Benedum Center last October with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. They'll join full-timers Gillian Beauchamp, Andre Koslowski, Gwen Hunter Ritchie and Michael Walsh.

    'The Rules,' which Taylor describes as 'a piece of a relatively small scale,' pits Life - the way things are - against the Rules - the way we think things should be. Based on a series of mind-body centering classes that Taylor taught this summer, 'The Rules,' explores the Ten Commandments, Emily Post and the rules of Scrabble. For now, anyway. Remember, this is a work in progress, and that 'Rules' are made to be broken.

    'We're right in the middle of making it,' Taylor says. 'There have been a lot of revisions to the whole idea for it. It's very much in process. It's a lot of fun.'

    'The Rules' will premiere Sept. 13 at the Byham Theater. Also on the bill are Taylor's 'Nevertheless' and 'Dust,' last year's collaboration with Indian choreographer Anita Ratnam. The work features guest performers Anusha Subramanyam and L. Narendra Kumar.

    William Loeffler can be reached at (412) 320-7986 or wloeffler@tribweb.com .

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