The Consumption Series

When: May 6-8, 8 p.m. and May 13-15, 8 p.m. 2010

A star is rising in the firmament of contemporary dance: choreographer and dancer Charles Slender. Rooted in the East Bay as a Cal graduate and a teacher at Berkeley's Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Slender has followed his muse around the globe, earning accolades, residencies, and collaborators along the way. At Mama Calizo's Voice Factory (1519 Mission St., San Francisco) on Thursday through Saturday, May 6-8 and 13-15, Slender's four-person San Francisco company, FACT/SF, premieres The Consumption Series, an exploration of consumers, the things they consume, and the desires that consume them. Influenced by postmodern dance-theater, German expressionism, and contemporary ballet, it features an eclectic soundtrack that ranges from Chopin to Arvo Pärt to Lady Gaga. If you're on the fence, rest assured that the piece was widely vetted - as befits its consumerist theme, it was workshopped on a tour of all 173 Wal-Marts in California. 8 p.m., $20. 800-838-3006 or

Claudia Bauer

Price: $15-$20

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