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Janis Brenner’s work resonates with such a deep feeling of humanity that even those unfamiliar with concert dance and contemporary art can connect what’s onstage to their daily lives. That her dances are not overly intellectual, though, doesn’t mean they lack intelligence. In “What About Bob,” the movement draws on flamenco motifs and folk forms, while the music blends classical music with Bob Dylan tunes performed by the man himself, as well as by Star Trek’s William Shatner. The playfulness of the group sections contrasts nicely with an exceptional duet for two male dancers. 1998 work “heartSTRINGS” manages to be lyrical and sensitive without becoming mired in the romantic sentimentality of the music—string arrangements of pop songs by Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, and the Beatles. In “Solo for Janis,” Brenner gets to use her formidable vocal talents along with her strong sense of gesture to hilarious effect. At 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Gunston Arts Center Theater I, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $15. (703) 228-6960. (Holly Bass)