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Savage Jazz Presents Agon 

When: Jan. 21-23, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $10, $18

George Balanchine's Agon thrilled New York audiences with its stark costuming, powerful movement, and twelve-tone Stravinsky score, and challenged social mores with a sensual pas de deux danced by a black man and a white woman -- a profound casting choice in 1957. Oakland jazz-dance master Reginald Ray-Savage has created an inspired response by resetting the score on his acclaimed Savage Jazz Dance Company. Fifty years after the original, his entirely new Agon is a striking "vision of a black American male who has embraced the image and energy of America's past" and "the aggression, the competition, the frustration, the love, and the hope of the right now." Along with the world premiere of Agon, the company will perform pieces to Gershwin's "Lullaby"and AlarmWillSound's "Blue Calx." At Laney College Theater (900 Fallon St., Oakland), Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 21-23. 8 p.m., $18, $10 for students and seniors. 1-800-838-3006, SavageJazz.org or BrownPaperTickets.com

— Claudia Bauer

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