Thurdsay, Saturday, and Sunday: The Art of Movement

April 7, 9, 10

Last week, I sat in on a rehearsal for The Collective, a dance company that's been putting on performances and classes in Baltimore for fifteen years. The group was just over a week away from their concert at the Theatre Project, and at least four of the dancers had injuries. Some had understudies fill in their spots during rehearsal, others pushed through despite their wounds. This situation is not uncommon for dance companies; dance is brutal on the body, and often on the mind. What I did find striking about this group was the open and collaborative process. All of the pieces on the program for the concert "The Art of Movement" are new works choreographed by the dancers themselves, plus one by The Collective's artist-in-residence Nathan Andary. During the rehearsal, the dances—which include an ode to America's pasttime, a theatrical interpretation of Murphy's Law, and more—were in flux, adjusting to the creative instincts of the dancers and choreographers. I got just a taste of the program, and I look forward to seeing the work as it comes together this weekend. Each performance includes The Collective's long-time collaborators ClancyWorks, and opening night, the annual "Open Marley Night" features an open-mic-style show with Domineka Reeves, EMP Collective's Alexander D'Agostino and Noelle Tolbert, Trajectory Dance Project, and more. 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558, theatreproject.org, $7 for Open Marley Night (Thursday), $12-$22 Saturday and Sunday. (Maura Callahan)

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