Cracking the Shell

Memories and present reality collide to display what a life in dance feels like

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Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People
Dance Theater Workshop
November 30 through December 3

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Gutierrez joins them toward the end. Marooned in uncomfortable positions—either sitting and arched back or prone with butts pushed up—they recite a poem by Reza Ali Shad Herati. Gutierrez begins the litany of lines like "I am filled with his bountiful drunkenness" and "I have no work—I am unemployed;" after each, the women chorus "and I dance." Their voices crack from the strain. They persist.

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