SCUBA 2011

The last time Chris Yon appeared on the Velocity stage, the Minneapolis dancer/choreographer was a wannabe cowpoke in a suburban version of the Wild West, singing and dancing like a schlumpfy Roy Rogers. For his return visit, he’s bringing The Very Unlikeliness (I’m Going to KILL You!), where his models are Fred Astaire and James Brown, rather than Gene Autrey. Yon’s non-sequitur movement style, a kind of dorky virtuosity, meshes with these multiple references in a work named with “the most romantic title I could think of,” he explains. Also part of the touring SCUBA program—a joint venture among three dance companies to dive down and discover new talent—are Seattleite Amelia Reeber, with a refined version of her 2010 work this is a forgery, and Philadelphia’s Jamatatu Poe in Flight Attendants. He says he's inspired by hip-hop moves “where large explosive movement is confined to small spaces.” Check your seat backs and tray tables. SANDRA KURTZ

Fri., May 13, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 14, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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