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What do the Fly Dogs and a pretty fly septuagenarian have in common? Nothing—unless the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (pictured, from top to bottom, are dancers Thomas Dwyer, Adrienne Clancy, and Reginald E. Crump) puts them on the same playbill. Takoma Park-based choreographer Lerman, internationally known for her synthesis of dance, theater, spoken word, and community involvement, presents the premiere of Hallelujah, a multicity, multiyear rejoinder to Y2K paranoia. The show’s celebratory performances are city-specific and designed to praise the “quirkiness of edge-of-the millennium America.” D.C.’s transgenus, transgenerational smorgasbord includes In Praise of Animals and Their People, which pairs the Frisbee-catching National Capital Air Canines All-American Fly Dogs with Lerman’s dancers. Smartasses take note: “Dogs don’t know how to be cynical,” says Lerman. “That’s what makes them such perfect partners for a project about celebration.” Also on the bill is A Tribute to Judith Jourdin, which chronicles the 74-year-old ensemble member’s career in slides and dance. But Jourdin ain’t no dancin’ granny; she’s been with Dance Exchange since 1981, despite a stroke and two bouts with cancer. So, if you’re tired of the canned-food-and-bottled-water set, Lerman’s brand of Y2K compliance promises to be a refreshing outburst of optimism. In conjunction with the Hallelujah project, City Paper Contributing Writer Holly Bass will lead the Critical Response Forum, a facilitated post-performance discussion between Lerman and audience members. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 19, at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $12-24. (202) 833-9800. The Critical Response Forum starts at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 20, at Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave., Takoma Park. Free. (301) 270-6700. (Amanda Fazzone)