"O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?" Irish poet William Butler Yeats mused. Dancing, some say, is physical poetry. And if movement is an act of self-expression, then it stands to reason the dance is the dancer, just as poetry reflects the poet. Yeats, poetry, dance--perhaps it's better to sit back and watch the Barefoot Brigade work its magic instead of a working up a headache over metaphors. The Brigade, made up of more than half a dozen regional companies, is hosting a modern contemporary dance festival this weekend. Not familiar with modern dance? As one troupe's website explains, "We speak without words." The 10th Annual Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival takes place at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 cash at the door; students and senior citizens pay $10. To reserve seats call 214-886-2321. For more information, visit bathhousecultural.com.
Fri., Jan. 21, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 22, 3 & 8 p.m., 2011