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John Jasperse Projects: Remains 

When: July 6-7 2016

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 & THURSDAY, JULY 7

JOHN JASPERSE PROJECTS: REMAINS

John Jasperse always leaves an impression. The three-decades-deep New York choreographer addresses big questions with sensual movement. His deft dances and dancers toy with the imagery we've come to expect of him. I tend to think of his series of American Dance Festival performances as distilled tableaux. In 2008's Pure, dancers flanked by shadow figures posed against flowered wallpaper while Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" boomed. In 2014's Within between, the performers stretched a giant pole into the audience and used it to outline someone's head. (How's that for breaking the fourth wall?) Jasperse and his ensemble return to premiere Remains this week at ADF. It's a work about legacy: How do we build what we intend to leave behind, and what effect does this pursuit have on us? I'm already anticipating the residue, whatever shape it takes. Michaela Dwyer

REYNOLDS INDUSTRIES THEATER, DURHAM8 p.m., $10–$27, www.americandancefestival.org

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