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This Sweet Nothing 

When: Feb. 10-12, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $15-$30

Raw, radical, and erotic, Vaslav Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun caused scandalized ballet-goers to riot in the streets when it premiered in Paris in 1912. The choreography disappeared, but its convention-defying influence can still be felt in ballet and modern dance. Most recently, it inspired Was It a Dream I Loved, an evening-length performance by This Sweet Nothing, a dance-theater company founded last year by Sonsherée Giles. The contemporary choreographer and dancer of unusual sensitivity (and associate director of Oakland's AXIS Dance Company) worked with composer Caroline Penwarden and visual artist Heike Liss; together they set their reimaginedFaun in a "teasing dreamscape, charged with sexual ambiguity" -- sounds about right. They perform live with a company of guest artists Friday through Sunday, February 10-12, at the Marion Green Black Box Theater at the Fox Theater (530 9th St., Oakland). Please do not riot after the show. 8 p.m., $15-$30. 925-943-7469 or ThisSweetNothing.org

— Claudia Bauer

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