Linke With Tradition

Susanne Linke may be the only modern-dance diva alive since the passing of Graham. Linke is not a “pretty” dancer; she is a dance animal: sturdily muscled, built for resonance, her face grave and changeable as a Kabuki master’s. This German modern dancer first came to notice when she danced with a bathtub at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1985—a strange solo that found intimations of Swan Lake within the imagery of the bathroom, a sublime scatology. Linke is nothing if not unflinching. She reads like a throwback, a link to those modern dancers of old who embraced the big subjects with spine and soul. She is witty but not ironic, not given to postmodern sleight of hand. This November 8 and 9, Columbia College Chicago (312-2717928) presents Linke in two solo concerts—the bathtub dance included.

—L.J.