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River North Dance Chicago
Photo by Cheryl Mann.

The promise of a fiery swish of fabric whipping across the stage has us snapping up tickets for River North Dance Chicago?s fall engagement, which plays this weekend (with a gala performance tonight; tickets are still available) at the Harris Theater.

Jessica Wolfrum, a longtime dancer in the contemporary company, will wear a stunning 30-foot-long red dress when she performs the world premiere of a new work called ?Renatus? (?rebirth?), by choreographer Nejla Yatkin.

Yatkin?s thrilling work for a solo dancer is inspired by the beauty and complexity of memory, migration, transformation, identity and multiculturalism, all ideas that are explored to the moving strains of the aria ?Vissi d?arte? from Puccini?s Tosca.

Also on the program: sultry excerpts from the tango-themed ?Al Sur del Sur,? a percussive crowd-favorite solo work called ?Beat? and a piece about the fleeting but intense relationships forged in the dance world called ?The Good Goodbyes.? (Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; tickets are $35 to $70.)

Follow up the show with a cocktail or bite at a buzzy new downtown spot and call it a hot night on the town.

Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Dr.; 312-334-7777 or

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