SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Creating dance that’s drawn from personal experience and social issues is nothing new to the members of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange—or, for that matter, founder and director Lerman. She formed the company in 1976 to “shake up ideas about what makes a dance, who gets to dance, and where dance happens.” Since 1995, between its bustling schedule of tours and community residences, the company has presented a concert of members’ choreographic talents. This year’s performance features works by new members, including Marvin Webb, and—as a bonus—includes a contribution from Lerman herself. Webb’s piece, Just for the Damn Beat, is an ode to that mad Pentecostalesque feeling that overcomes lucky clubbers—like so many rural churchgoers—in a fit of movement. He says his piece is about “going to a club and not worrying about whether your rent is paid, or if you’re in a relationship, or the rest of the crap that the rest of civilization is worried about.” Lerman, who usually doesn’t include her own choreography, is showing—by special request—a section of Hallelujah: In Praise of Fertile Fields, a piece that is part of Hallelujah Project, a national program using dance to celebrate the millennium. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $15. (202) 362-3042. (Maori Karmael Holmes)