Pretos unique brand of contact partnering is born of his immersion in Body/Mind Centering, a somatic practice that, in part, reapplies to adults the developmental movement patterns humans progress through from the womb. Swimming and After the Collapse hint at an organic physicality, while the polka-influenced It Never Gets Old proves that the hallmark playfulness of the local contact community is alive and well. Then theres the curious Dancing with Myself, an improvised duet between a real dancer and a projected dancer manipulated by in-the-moment video editing. Seems Pretos approach echoes what CI practitioners have claimed for years: Things get more interesting when youre willing to leave a little to chance.
Feb. 28-March 1, 8 p.m., 2009