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January 30, 2013

Miller Rothlein Presents Experimental Dance-Theater Works At The Crane Arts Old School White Space, January 31-February 3

Miller Rothlein kicks off the 2013 season with a bang. (Photo courtesy Miller Rothlein)

Miller Rothlein begins 2013 with a double dose of dance-theater.

To kick things off, the company, better known as simply MIRO, presents An Attempt to Fail at Groundbreaking Theater with Pina Arcade Smith, at the Crane Arts Old School White Space, Thursday January 31 through Saturday February 2. As you may guess from the title, this one’s a bit tongue-in-cheek.

Structured as a pseudo-lecture on the avant-garde, the piece is created by Antony Rizzi, a dancer/choreographer/actor who previously teamed up with MIRO for Lie to Me, a controversial production that premiered at the 2006 Live Arts and Fringe Festival.

Attempt to Fail has Rizzi and Irene Klein—both of whom danced for Europe’s celebrated Forsythe Company—in the roles of three experimental artists: dance icon Pina Bausch, underground performance artist Penny Arcade and queer filmmaker Jack Smith. If past is any precedent, we may expect the unexpected at this homage to true-life characters whose aesthetics are fearless and radically different.

Then, MIRO presents I Made This, a new piece created through its ongoing Mash-Up process where assorted artists assemble to develop new collaborative work. This one features MIRO dancers, guest dancer Irene Klein and the band Totally Super Pregnant, for a single performance on Sunday, February 3.

Tickets available online.

Miller Rothlein
When: January 31-February 2, 7:30 p.m., An Attempt to Fail at Groundbreaking Theater; February 3, 2:00 p.m., I Made This
Where: Crane Arts Old School White Space, 1417 N. American Street
Cost: $20
More info: www.millerrothlein.org

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