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Vertigo Dance Company 

When: July 13-14, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $18-48
www.americandancefestival.org

Under a single spotlight, two bald figures, cloaked in black, wind through a series of gestures somewhere between tai chi and the fluid interactions of early Emmanuel Gat. As six others, costumed just as austerely, join them, their reiterated motions on the dim stage suggest a morning ritual that gradually builds in intensity. As you encounter Vertigo Dance's Mana, Friday or Saturday at the American Dance Festival, here are a few questions:

Assume that the performance presents a window into a culture different than your own. What are its organizing principles? Its rules for group behavior? And how do those rules differ when its members are seen individually, or in groups of three or two? Do couples of same and opposite sex interact differently? Your answers to these questions and more are due during the talkback with the choreographer after Friday's 8 p.m. performance. —Byron Woods

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