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FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Bebe Miller’s latest work, Going to the Wall, marks a new development in her distinctive aesthetic, not only in terms of movement, but also in method and message. The title of the work comes from an exercise devised by Ishmael Houston-Jones, in which a group divides itself into two groups according to shared beliefs. The twist here is that the new group members are invariably surprised to see who’s on the other side—and who they’re standing right beside. The text is perhaps her most political yet. The movement seems both soulful and direct. The music, composed by innovative jazz clarinetist Don Byron, draws from his eclectic array of cultural sources—klezmer, plus Latin, African, and traditional and modern jazz forms. The piece explores the usual markers of identity—race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity—yet moves beyond these obvious signs to mine the even broader landscape of human experience. At 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, & Thursday, Nov. 7, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15. (202) 833-9800. (Holly Bass)