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Arts pick, June 6: Kathy Dunn Hamrick’s new dance

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company presents the third installment of Hamrick’s “Life” trilogy, “There, The Magnificent.” The trilogy began last year with “The Big Small” (pictured).

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“There, the Magnificent.” Last year, Austin choreography Kathy Dunn Hamrick premiered two utterly engaging modern dance pieces that zeroed in on quotidian happenstances while revealing smart, quirky insights.

Now, picking up where “The Big Small” and “The Undoing of Nonet” left off, Hamrick unveils the third in her “Life” series, “There, the Magnificent,” stories in dance of nine perfectly imperfect people.

In creating backstories and context for each character in the dance, Hamrick wrote faux biographies for each dancer.

One biography reads: “Mariclaire counts compulsively, finds good homes for stray cats and eats in bed. Ten years ago, she found a random letter in the middle of the street and that letter changed her life.”

And another reads: “Heather has so many thoughts in her head that she is easily distracted, leading to the occasional small kitchen fire. She would do anything for anybody, and in fact makes sandwiches for the homeless every weekend. Not too long ago, she lost everything she owned in a flood.”

Projected drawings by Jacob Hamrick (the choreographer’s adult son) add a quirky visual element while live music by accordinist Ray Smith fills out the one-hour storybook of life told in dance. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday. AustinVentures Studio Theater, Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third St. $12-$20 www.kdhdance.com