Seeing that it's Oscar season, motion picture and moving-body art beckons. And frankly, wed find a contemporary refraction and reinterpretation of Michelangelo Antonionis beautiful, black-and-white LAvventura irresistible any time. The visionary Italian directors sun-drenched 1960 tale of amorality and alienation offers a master class in wealthy people acting like they dont care. (Theyre numbed by boredom and vapidity, not willfully cruel like todays spoiled rich.) In Apparatus, the adventurous dance-theater troupe Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts performs the illusion of a cast and crew shooting a film (itself a two-dimensional illusion) while Antonionis masterwork unspools. The piece includes audience interaction, so attendees play the role of collaborator, and perhaps even participant, as well as spectator. Its the best of all worlds: We get the risk and intensity of live performance, matched with the grammar of cinema that colors the way we all see and act (theres that word again) in the world.
Feb. 25-27, 8 p.m., 2011