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Everybody loves the sun, but Maida Withers (pictured) gets downright giddy about it. Her fascination with auroras (the atmospheric spectacles produced by solar gases and winds, which are visible mostly at the earth’s higher latitudes) drove Withers to five years of telescope peering, observatory sitting, and NASA-footage viewing. Then, like a mad scientist ready to experiment, the local choreographer got her dance troupe together and catapulted its members through a portal to re-create the celestial phenomenon in Aurora /2001: Dance of the Auroras, Fire in the Sky. In this evening-length work, dancers appear to be surrounded by the sun’s rich glow and suspended in zero gravity. The company explores the intensity of solar eruptions in a virtual reality of greens, yellows, and reds, provided by computer animation by Tania Fraga, video clips by David Liban, and satellite images from international aurora research centers projected onto the stage. Live music by Norwegian composer Øystein Sevåg—which incorporates the sounds of electromagnetic radio signals from auroras and the sun’s center—completes this multimedia odyssey into space. The fireworks begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20. (202) 432-7328. (Ayesha Morris)