Photo by Paul Virtucio
Joanie Smith wrestles dancers’ fingers back from the evil clutches of “jazz hands” for the first time since Bob Fosse put them there in the 1970s with her latest choreographic endeavor, HANDS. Examining “the power and beauty of our hands,” this new effort from Minneapolis-based Shapiro & Smith Dance explores the juxtaposition of “our smallest, yet most powerful” tools’ capacity for both “the tender caress of a cheek to the abrupt slitting of a throat.” In addition to HANDS, the company—which was formed in 1985 by Smith and the late Danial Shapiro and is known for its bare-bones physicality and staging—will showcase an all-male casting of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero as well as host guest Sally Rousse performing Wee Violence, a solo originally danced by Smith herself.
March 25–26. Cowles Center, shapiroandsmithdance.org