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New York-based Kate Weare Company presents 'Garden' at USF

The New York-based Kate Weare Company is featured this weekend at the Florida Dance Festival in a work called Garden. Here's what the company's website says about the choreographer: "Kate Weare creates dances that seek to merge the mind and the gut through the power and persuasiveness of the moving body."

Garden, a 35-minute work for four dancers, was premiered last year. "The lighting suggests the passage of many hours, and the silvery-toned costumes (flowing skirts, pants and shorts, billowy shirts and bare chests) call to mind a fanciful party," wrote New York Times critic Claudia La Rocca in her review of the production. "And the score is wonderfully all over the place, including, most effectively, music from the 1500s (Claudin de Sermisy). The dancers romp through this evocative, shifting space, often linking hands, like children, while waltzing one another about and running in myriad ways, their steps now mincing, now muscular."

The company performs at 8 p.m. Friday at Theatre 2 on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. $15, $22. Tickets may be purchased at the door or through Ticketmaster (toll-free 1-800-982-2787) at ticketmaster.com.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

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