Colony collapse disorder as part of a dance? In “Bee Conscious,” Lara Segura deftly weaves in lessons about bees and presents witty dance that’s a pleasure to watch. There’s a striking Alvin Ailey moment, and utter hilarity when John Paul Lawson vamps as a queen bee.

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“I didn’t start out to make work that was funny,” says Monica Bill Barnes, who teams with radio host Ira Glass in “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.” “What I find tragic can make people burst into laughter.” ///
“I’ve done serious dances, but you can communicate a lot more with humor,” says Pat Sandback, who restages “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.” “I loved soap operas on the radio, especially “As the World Turns,” because it was so outrageous.”

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When the lights came on, the dance took off. Gehman, Stephanie Harvey, and Cara Steen slapped their legs to create rhythms and changed direction with military precision. While Barton’s earliest training was in gymnastics and ballet, she channeled Graham’s modernism. Trance-like, the women created patterns in sweeping changes of direction to sink into deep second position; and they rose from the floor in contractions to become warriors in lace skirts and midriff tops.

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