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Laura Dean And Dance Company

Logiudice Gallery

Laura Dean and her dance company, who have performed alone and with Steve Reich, recently presented two performances of Dean’s Circle Dance at the LoGuidice Gallery. Ten dancers, including Dean, move clockwise and counterclockwise in circles marked on the floor, in count cycles ranging from over 500 to two beats. The dancers, equidistant from each other in each concentric circle, move with a tiny shuffling step, the resulting sound almost like stamping—1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2—equally accented except for the slight variations of personalized syncopation. At given intervals, they change direction, beginning with the outermost dancers and progressing inward, and at the end of the piece, each dancer whirls in a fixed spot, arms outstretched, for a set number of rotations.

Dean differentiates her dance turns from the whirling dervish dances of Sufism, arguing that her choreography is less stylized in

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