It was 10 a.m. on Jan. 15, 1947 when the body of Elizabeth Short was discovered in Los Angeles. Mutilated and drained of blood, her mouth cut in a grotesque grin stretching, as they say, from ear to ear, Short's body was arranged like a mannequin, torso cropped from the legs, arms and legs bent at stiff angles, rope marks on her wrists and ankles. The case was never solved, though dozens of lowlifes desirous of notoriety confessed. Meanwhile, rumors whirled about the life of the woman dubbed the “Black Dahlia” by the press, an aspiring film actress or a call girl once arrested for underage drinking and now the victim of a particularly sadistic murderer. Sarah Berges Dance presents a new take on this chilling story, as well as new and recent dances inspired by planets, the wives of Henry VIII, Christian epiphany, and romantic love.
March 7-8, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 9, 4 p.m., 2014