Mark Haim: X2

Mark Haim combines the tricky, pattern-oriented puzzles of postmodern dance with images from older, more traditional dance forms. Then he adds non sequitur bits of everyday life, so that a reference to Nijinsky sits next to a turntable and a series of indecipherable hand gestures. The results are always more than a sum of the parts, simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious. For his new show at OtB, he's extending his 2010 This Land Is Your Land, an oddball parade of characters who shed their clothes as they accumulate weaponry. Their repetitive walking patterns makes predicting the changes in their props into a game—we're pleased and a bit nauseated when we guess right about the assault rifles. Also on the bill, Haim is debuting The Time (with music by Louis Andriessen and designs by Etta Lilienthal and Ben Zamora), which is supposed to be as complex as This Land is straightforward. SANDRA KURTZ

March 29-April 1, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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