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Men may want to take cover when Krissy Keefer, feminist survivor, dances

Krissy's Angels: The Dance Brigade performs "The Art Army" from CaveWomen.
Andy Mogg
Krissy's Angels: The Dance Brigade performs "The Art Army" from CaveWomen.

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Through Feb. 2

Admission is $15-20

No credit cards accepted

Dance Mission, 3316 24th St. (at Mission), S.F., 273-4633

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Here, the dance movements are fueled by equal parts ferocity and eros. Keefer and her five dancers (Karen Elliot, Lena Gatchalian, Sarah Bush, Tina Banchero, and Debby Kajiyama) perform fierce Wu Shu martial arts steps, spew blood-red paint, spread their legs in provocation and threat, and carry one another with balletic gentleness (assisted by choreographers Yannis Adoniou, Ling Mei Zhang, and Terry Sendgraf). They intone, "We eat and drink the blood of truth, we tear the flesh of lies." Men in the audience may want to take cover. The women onstage reclaim their libidos, but their sexuality has a carnivorous edge -- reclaiming the "primal feminine" apparently doesn't mean the end of fury. Fortunately, that fury isn't lethal; it's just so deeply felt and radically in-your-face that it gives a whole new meaning to the word "torrid." I think of it as Keefer's way of saying, "Mr. Helms, Mr. DeLay, and Mr. Ashcroft: Eat your hearts out."

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