The Bay Area is fertile ground for emerging modern-dance artists, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (2704 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley) has a five-decade-long history of nurturing them and providing a forum for sharing their work. The latest company to take the floor at the cozy studio is Angela Demmel & Dancers, whose Slices of Life is the product of three years of choreographic exploration (Shawl-Anderson never rushes its artists). The school’s intimate performance is space conducive to deeply felt dancing and suits Demmel’s embodied examination of relationships in all their tender, strange, and rich dimensions. To further a visceral appreciation of the work, the audience is invited to sample food (there will be cake) as part of the experience. Seating is limited to sixty people per night, so advance tickets are highly recommended.