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A $10 DANCE GRAB BAG SPOTLIGHTS TRISHA BROWN, BILL T. JONES

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on September 29, 2006.

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) — Who could resist Trisha Brown’s “Set and Reset”? The choreographer’s fluid movement pairs with Robert Rauschenberg’s translucent costumes and fleeting background images to create a ravishing, ephemeral world.

This piece is just one of 30 items in “Fall for Dance,” City Center’s “tasting” series. Now in its third year, the project is meant to lure people who don’t yet love dancing.

Six programs, each showcasing five companies, provide the proverbial something for everyone. And the price is right: Every seat at the huge and historic theater goes for 10 bucks.

Program 1, which has its second showing tonight, juxtaposes the sensuous yet cerebral Brown with Bill T. Jones, master of sociopolitical argument, the Dutch National Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Yi-Jo Lim Sun Dance Company, which promises nothing less than “Heaven and Earth.”

Program 2, on view Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, features modern and postmodern choreography by the celebrated New York-based dance makers Paul Taylor and Stephen Petronio cheek by jowl with work from other lands (France, Canada) and in other genres (mixed-media, hip-hop).

Veteran aficionados join dance newcomers to sell out the house for these shows.

“Fall for Dance” is at the New York City Center through Oct. 8. See http://www.nycitycenter.org .

© 2006 Bloomberg L.P. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

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