When: May 6-7, 8 p.m. and Sun., May 8, 6 p.m. 2011

East Bay choreographer Abigail Hosein commands a powerful dance vocabulary, which she uses to shape compelling stories in movement. But she branched well beyond dance to create two premieres to be performed by her nine-year-old company, ahdanco, Friday through Sunday, May 6-8. Hosein collaborated with San Francisco ambient quartet Entamoeba on a layered and looped live score, and she invited Poetry Slam artists Nazelah Jamison, Dre Johnson, Patrick Ohslund, and Dusty Shrum to share the Ashby Stage (1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley) with her exceptional contemporary dancers. The result is a stirring dialogue between rhythm, words, and motion, and an evocative kaleidoscope of perspectives on the human experience in a chaotic world. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m.; $20. 510-837-0776 or

Claudia Bauer

Price: $20

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