Beyond Gravity

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sun., March 14, 3 p.m. Continues through March 13 2010

While most dancers strive to overcome gravity, the aerial dancers of Isabel von Rittburg'sAscenDance Project attempt to deny its existence. Their stage is a climbing wall, and their technique demands astonishing physical gifts and intrepid disavowal of Newtown's law of gravity. As the dancer/climbers lift each other with beautifully defined arms, then furl and unfurl using breathtaking core strength -- not a rope in sight -- they take performance into new dimensions. For two weekends at the Ashby Stage (1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley), the East Bay troupe will scale the heights, and plumb the depths, in Beyond Gravity, its first home season after several years of performing at arts festivals and corporate events across the country. If you dare, try aerial dance for yourself in one of their workshops. Fridays-Saturdays, Mar. 5-6 and Mar. 12-13, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Mar. 14, 3 p.m.; $10-$25. 510-225-8844 or

Claudia Bauer

Price: $10, $20, $25

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