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SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Hmmm, scratch forehead. You recline in the easy chair, pondering. Is this weekend better spent watching MTV or your local dance company? Tara Pierson Dunning, principal choreographer of CityDance Ensemble, banked on what your eight-year old cousin would say, but come on—not you, too? Those eternal hours of crummy videos can’t be any realer than live, hometown musicians bowing the cello, squeezing the accordion, and scratching away at an oversized piece of sheet metal from some obscure building’s roof. Besides, Dunning’s half-evening-length work “Life’s Longing” captures life’s jaded journey with plenty of Daria-filled disillusion to spare. Paul Emerson’s percussion-driven “Peregrine” requires faster footwork than any lame Road Rules race. Plus, Alvin Mayes’ “Regret to Inform” displays much more anguish than any Celebrity Death Match beat-down. Add Ludovic Jolivet’s’ “Roger & Lucie” and Karen J. Reedy’s “Cheating, Lying, Stealing,” and you’ll come full circle with all the passionate, backbiting drama of any Real World episode. This season CityDance is launching local love like never before in its Originals Series by combining the energy of its 14 dancers with the Washington, D.C.-area sound of vocalists, percussionists, and pianists such as Alejandro Muzio, Francesca Jandasek, and Anderson Allen. So release the remote, all you proud city dwellers, and show your Washingtonian spirit at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15. (202) 269-1600. (Ayesha Morris)