Kara and Katy

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Those who don’t count themselves fans of local modern dance have never seen Kara Davis move. This jewel in the crown of some of S.F.’s gutsiest companies carves space with the intricacy of a master carpenter, nailing with paradoxical precision the frenetic life of the heart. So when Davis co-founded her own performance project in 2006 with local favorite Bliss Kohlmyer Dowman, dancegoers sat up and took notice. More than an outlet for its directors’ choreography, however, project agora pools artists from different disciplines for hybrid collaborations. The group’s latest, With (& Without) Words, pairs Davis with virtuoso pianist and singer Katy Stephan, a recent Oakland East Bay Symphony soloist whose voice graces the movies Catwoman and The Time Machine. The audience surrounds the artists in an intimate, low-tech evening of songs and dances extolling the terror and the ecstasy of romantic love. Some of the dances, though choreographed to music, are performed in silence, and some songs are sans dance, but the effect portends one unbroken hymn to all things desirous and nostalgic.
March 20-21, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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