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Be With, the world-premiere
collaboration between dancer/choreographer/dance therapist Anna Halprin, dancers/choreographers Eiko & Koma, and former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, is going to be one of those love-it-or-hate-it events. Halprin is a legendary 80-something Northern California pioneer of frenetic postmodern theatrical dance, whose controversial 1965 work Parades and Changes featured dancers disrobing. Since beating cancer, Halprin has spent the last 20-some years involved with the arts-healing movement and with outdoor community-dance rituals. Eiko & Koma are a middle-aged, New York-based Japanese husband-and-wife team. Generally dancing in only rags or completely naked, they have engaged in experimental, glacially paced performances in both rivers and cavelike settings. The participants have revealed little about tonight’s work other than that their age differences will be a theme. Whether it will be art or simply the emperor’s new clothes remains to be seen. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. $25.
(202) 467-4600. (Steve Kiviat)