petits rats (little rats) as they were called, illuminated under harsh light, their bodies contorted and flexed, and ultimately silent – until now. The Boiling Point Players will open their season with the regional premiere of Daniel Ciba's Positions, a fictitious imagining of the life of Degas told from the perspective of 12 of the dancers he painted. Directed by Autumn Clack and Ruth McCleskey, the play explores the affect an artist can have on its subjects – in particular, an artist who once said he showed women “without their coquetry, in the state of animals cleaning themselves.”
8 p.m. Thursday. Continuing 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, October 23 and 26. October 19 through 28. Beacon Theatre, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 832-303-1578 or visit boilingpointplayers.com. $15 to $20.
Positions is a fictional imagining of the life of the painter Edgar Degas, told by twelve of the dancers he painted. Their stories echo the history of the theater; each voice desperately struggling to present her position, as one by one they vanish from the stage. Ranging from the beautiful to the violent, these "paintings" construct a fragmented depiction of the power and chaos enacted by artists on their creations.
Impressionist great Edgar Degas was a bit of a creep who was obsessed with the pain ballet subjected on the bodies of women. His work is full of dancers, the