After a few painful stretching exercises, recital time came way too quickly. Before I knew it, I was onstage, looking pretty, with my flexible cohorts in front of a big audience. My lips were painted bright red in that auspicious 7-year-old big-lady way. The music started. My heart pounded. My arms curled upward the moment everyone else’s went down. And that was just the beginning. Too bad Stephen Petronio couldn’t have grabbed me then, before I switched to piano lessons. His second evening-length work, Strange Attractors, is a piece “building on a highly charged, abstract field that shifts between order and chaos” and that “tries to explain how seemingly random behavior can happen in a system governed by deterministic laws.” And maybe it could have been my big break. See what I missed when the curtain goes up at 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $15-$30. (202) 833-9800. (Ayesha Morris)

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