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NOVEMBER 16 & 17

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With their unbridled energy and exultation in the human form, Venezuelan dance troupe Pisorrojo brings to mind the companies of Katherine Dunham and the young Alvin Ailey. Its movement, often set to African rhythms, has a more contemporary and abstract touch, though. Non-narrative pieces explore themes of sexuality and spirituality with a heavy emphasis on the shifting relationships between individuals. Though the group has existed in some form for 35 years, it is still in many ways a young company, and this is its first trip to the U.S. Based at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Pisorrojo began in a series of workshops in experimental movement. Many of the current dancers are either students or alumni—and not just of the arts, but in fields ranging from psychology and education to communications and international relations. But all the performers share a dedication to the arts and the exploratory spirit of dance. At 8 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 4 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $12. (202) 269-1600. (Holly Bass)