What You Want | Stage | Indy Week
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When: Fri., Feb. 24, 7 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 25, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: $15
www.didaseason.com

In his story this week on Justin Tornow and Heather Gordon's art-dance collaboration, Echo, Chris Vitiello notes that many local choreographers, especially those associated with Durham Independent Dance Artists, focus on questions of selfhood and autonomy within larger artistic or social structures. The case is borne out in What You Want, the new DIDA offering from Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer—who have performed with many local companies, including VECTOR, Renay Aumiller Dances, and The Bipeds—which "takes you inside the building of a self with two separate but overlapping solos." Making the trial-and-error quest of young people to define themselves its background premise, the pair of dancers created solos for each other but left room for spontaneous decisions onstage, capturing the push-and-pull of being who you are while adapting to others—a complex transaction when our relationships can feel so much like the components of ourselves. DIDA promises "hard lessons, disappointments, and a little bit of Twister" from the duo's first evening-length work together, which grew out of "Wear," a short piece choreographed by Noble with a solo by Pfeffer that was created for a Tobacco Road showcase last year. —Brian Howe

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