Old theaters are often said to be haunted by actors who just couldn't leave the stage. In St. Mark's Church, home to Danspace since its founding in 1974, you envision not just the residue of dances and dancers past - prowling up the altar steps, climbing the pillars, yelling from the balcony; tamping hours of dancing into the glowing wood floor - but the spirits of venturesome ideas.
The Silver Series honors Danspace's 25th anniversary. (Volume Three comes up in June). The members of the improvisational group Channel Z - Paul Langland, Daniel Lepkoff, Diane Madden, Nina Martin, and Randy Warshaw - haven't improvised together since 1987. But their daring and freedom with one another's bodies go far beyond what most adults are willing to risk, mixing thoughtfulness and skill with a physicality approaching that of frisking puppies. Ideas fly onto their bodies; suddenly Warshaw has an arm (Lepkoff's) in front of him; why not look under it?