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Role reversal Dance troupe to take the floor, audience to occupy the stage

As a dance venue, The Church on Delaware Avenue presents some unique challenges. For the Chicago dance company Zephyr, the issue of limited stage space was easily resolved: forget about the stage.

When Zephyr comes to the Church this weekend, the group will perform where the audience would normally sit, while the audience -- you guessed it -- occupies the stage. The all-women group, whose associate artistic director, Emily Stein, is a Buffalo native, will perform two pieces titled "Sharp Edges" and "An Atlas of Here."

Zephyr founder Michelle Kranicke choreographed the first piece, which was inspired by massive sculptures by minimalist artist Donald Judd and confronts issues of aging and isolation. "An Atlas of Here" was choreographed by Stein, whose father, Gregory Stein, taught cultural geography at Buffalo State College.

In conjunction with the performances, the company will hold a workshop at Rochester's school for the Arts and with the Buffalo Contemporary Dance company.

e-mail: cdabkowski@buffnews.com

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PREVIEW

WHAT: Zephyr Dance Company

WHEN: 8 p.m. today and Saturday

WHERE: The Church, 341 Delaware Ave.

TICKETS: $20 adults, $15 students and seniors

INFO: (773) 489-5069 or www.zephyrdance.com

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