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Imagine a party with Bruce Lee, Rudolph Nureyev, the Powerpuff Girls, and maybe a little Rock Steady Crew thrown in for good measure. Then the Wonder Twins show up, clothed in kabuki wear. They activate their power rings and take the form of two dudes dressed in sateen jogging suits with big hair, bigger mustaches, and cop shades, ready for the shakedown. This is the world of choreographers David Neumann and Stacy Dawson—genres and genders get blended as stereotypes get satirized. Their latest, Pearl River, is a 75-minute piece that combines postmodern dance movement with fight choreography reminiscent of Jackie Chan (before he crossed the pond) to form a surprisingly cohesive entity that is magical, dreamlike, funny, and honest. Dawson and Neumann have taken several subcultures, pulled them apart, and pasted them back together, leaving their absurd, campy, and sometimes even profound eccentricities bare. So though you may not be surprised by the appearance of a Chinese goddess in elaborate makeup and long flowing robes in Pearl River, you’d better be just as ready when she turns out to be a man in drag riding a child’s hobby horse, singing karaoke-style Simon and Garfunkel. The show begins at 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $18. (202) 269-1600. (Holly Bass)