An Attic an Exit

This fascinating, if oblique, performance-art piece from collaborator-performers Rachael Lincoln and Leslie Seiters might take place in an attic, one infers, or it might occur in some other, more abstract space — it’s left to our imagination. Lincoln and Seiters interact with each other during this hourlong balletic piece, each resplendent in similar spiky white hair and white smocks. One moment they’re playing a comical tug of war involving a pair of gigantic suitcases attached by a long string; the next, the pair writhe in each other’s arms in an intimate pas de deux. They might be portraying identical twin lovers or they might be playing the same person at two different points of time — again, it’s never certain. What is clear, though, is that this work, which plants itself more on the “dance” side of the theatrical spectacle scale, is deceptive: While it appears to be a random collection of incidents, Lincoln and Seiters’ choreography is a complex and beautifully subtle harmony of theatrical elements, punctuated by wry whimsy, and whose influences range from mime and Noh to Laurie Andersonesque robot movements and Cirque du Soleil acrobatics. The result is a performance that is as eye-catching and as mesmerizing as it is inscrutable. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m. Starts: July 17. Continues through July 27, 2008

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