ClancyWorks Dance Company’s curious reinterpretation of the seminal Aaron Copland/Martha Graham ballet Appalachian Spring could be one of the most visceral dance pieces to hit Washington, D.C., stages all year. “Taking Steps”—a segment from a larger work that uses Copland’s score—features dancers interacting with ladders in every position imaginable. Adrienne Clancy takes a completely different approach to the narrative concerns of the ballet here, but Graham would have dug her straightforward and expressive choreography anyway—the image of a dancer hanging from the rungs of an upside-down ladder is too eye-popping to resist. This evening also features a shorter stand-alone work called “Noise,” which Clancy recently performed with dancer Matthew Heggem at Dance Place, and a premiere unconfirmed at press time. Even without clever set pieces, the company creates intense stage pictures with balancing acts and lifts that overcome the biggest obstacle of all: gravity. The ClancyWorks Dance Company performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600.

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