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May 10, 2004 // UPDATED 1:29 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

Zenon Dance

Zenon Dance showcases a vigorous troupe of jazz dancers, improvisers, gymnasts and social choreographers. Jazz choreographer Cathy Young, inspired by Nijinksy's "Rite of Spring," performs "Rite," about creativity that comes through sacrifice. Hers is a modern fable about the crapshoot of urban life. She explores self-control, contrasting it with behavior that's definitively pushed "out of bounds."

With sweeping gestures and dynamic turns to the music of Gabriel Roth, she illustrates that our yearnings/restraints are paradoxical -- serving both as detriments and catalysts. Additionally, repertory pieces from Young and Robin Stiehm's "Screaming Core" -- an emotional and athletic workout -- and Mathew Janczewski's graceful septet "Navigation" complete the Zenon circle.

May 13-22, Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m. The Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave. S. $21. 339-4944.

'Like Squeezing Juice from a Stone'

Martin Ontiveros and Bwana Spoons are over-30 kids who don't wanna grow up, painting comic relief with graphic cartoons of robots, bats and other hairy creatures that dance, invade, or just "hang out" in sunshiny swirls and inky black doorways.

Ontiveros' California past, experimental animation background and a host of "stupid, meaningless jobs" led to his industrial robots that tote super-soaker water guns and go poof! (among clouds of pastels). Dizzy birds lightly escape from the open wounds of robot implosions.

Spoons takes full responsibility for an unhealthy obsession with Legos and Microman toys. Mixing acrylics with found fragments from the street, beach and elsewhere, Spoons is a self-professed "prolific and professional noodler, doodler, zine-maker, painter, pain in the ass, packrat, woodworking and sculpting nut," according to the artist's statement. A cartoonist, Spoons has contributed to several zines and comics, including the recent "Pencil Fight" and "Soft Smooth Brain." "Like Squeezing Juice from a Stone" exposes Ontiveros' and Spoons' altar-egos and their youthful penchant for the brightly awkward.

Tuesday-Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday 1-5 p.m. thru June 3. Ox-Op Gallery, 1111 Washington Ave S. Free. 259-0085.