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Dancing Through the Baby Steps

Dance troupe zeroes in on the unbearable lightness of being a little kid.


Don’t be fooled by the costumes: These dancers aren’t about to explore the depths of a BDSM dungeon—they’re playing in a mud puddle. Let us explain. When We Were Small, by experimental dance company Capacitor, was born when the company’s artistic director, Jodi Lomask—a new parent as of a year and a half ago—was inspired to explore the “joy, presence, and delight of the world in miniature.” Hence a scene in the hour-long show that’s dedicated to one of the greatest of childhood joys: puddle jumping. The outfits, made out of recycled bicycle tires, make the sound of splashing and falling rain when they hit the floor.

There will also be a tea party that explores the oddities of learning social rules; 16-foot-tall “dairy queens” to reflect the utter ecstasy of discovering something for the first time (“Right now my kid’s all about butter,” Lomask says); and a 10-year-old contortionist performing on the laps of parent figures seated on seemingly unstable thrones (one for the parents in the room). “My kid is a miniature human,“ says Lomask, “and that’s something universal. We all started that way, no matter whom we turn into.”

Fort Mason Center, Mar. 31–Apr. 10; get tickets here.

Originally published in the April issue of
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