Choreographers Kitty McNamee and Ryan Huffington move deftly between the commercial and artistic dance worlds, combining individual projects with their collaborative efforts as co-artistic directors of Hysterica Dance Co. After what seems like an extended absence, Hysterica returns with McNamee and Huffington's latest, Crust, with eight dancers swathed in yards and yards of fabric. Huffington has established his credentials as a costume designer for Hysterica, other companies and for his own projects. T.S. Eliot wrote about preparing “a face to meet the faces that you meet.” In Crust the voluminous material serves both literal and figurative functions, the layers sheltering and obscuring the bodies of the eight dancers, but also as a “crust” to be removed, revealing the movement and the dancers. In a town where what one wears can be defining, Hysterica promises to explore how dressing is prepares a similar face to be donned and removed, and the consequences of both.

April 2-4, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m.; April 10-11, 8 p.m. Starts: April 2. Continues through April 11, 2009

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