Liz Lerman (no relation to Liz Lemon, dammit) is a funny kind of dance lady. She's been known to choreograph people in the park: Mothers lift babies in rhythm, big sisters grab their little brothers' hands and twirl them off the ground, all in a row. But not at Small Dances About Big Ideas. This piece was commissioned by Harvard Law School to commemorate the Nuremberg trials. So that means this dance is about legal history. See? Funny. Lerman is also known for casting old people, wheelchair users, and any number of other nonstandard type dancers; thus, her work is often chest-clutchingly beautiful. In Small Dances, a man dances a long solo accompanied not by music but by the coordinated stomping and table-pounding of the many other people onstage. It's not normal; it's better.
Sat., April 18, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 19, 7 p.m., 2009