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This is not your grandmother's improv. The Even Exchange Dance Theatre along with Caroline Chavasse and Danny Mydlack, is putting on its Fifth Annual Improvisation Festival titled: "the HEADS and BRAIN THEATRE join the INCIDENTAL CIRCUS."

Allow me to explain. By heads they mean oversized and identical foam masks worn by the EEDT dancers. The brain theatre is secret audio instructions that are wired into the masks and are intended to guide the dancers. While the heads dance, musicians improvise a musical score that corresponds with the performance. In a separate ring, the Incidental Circus performs its response to what the big foam heads have interpreted from the instructions.

Still with me? The night of improv is described as a performance art event exploring themes of inclusion and exclusion. If you can't get to the show, but want to see what giant dancing heads taking anonymous cues look like, then attend one of the three weekend workshops on Saturday, April 26, from 10-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m., and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. The performances are on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., at Arts Together, 114 St. Mary's St., in Raleigh. Tickets at the door are $10 for one or $15 for both shows. Call (919) 828-2377 for information or to register for a workshop. Also visit for more details.

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