It's not often that one sees dances about biblical figures and erotic dreams on the same stage, but choreographer Greg Reynolds jumps from Jesus and Mary to nocturnal fantasies without missing a beat. Perhaps it's his consistent use of baroque-type music (Vivaldi, two rounds of Pachelbel's popular "Canon"), or his reverent, measured movements, or his own quiet, almost languid presence that allows such disparate pieces to coexist so amicably.
Whatever the reasons, Reynolds and his Dance Quintet -- Betsey Beckman, Laura Daykin, Adrian Engel, Pam Lasswell, Charmaine Thome, and guest performer Rima Wolff -- work like a close-knit family, bringing just the right amount of sensuality to a piece like "The Maiden's Dream," turning Marylou Duschl's trifle "Strummin'" into an offhand, witty romp, imbuing the abstract "Quintet" (all slow deep knee-bends and outstretched palms) with subtle glances and transferred energies. The company looks equally comfortable with both the jazzy material -- a quartet of slinky temptresses in "Equinox" comes off especially well -- and the more serious stuff, like the give-and-take of support and strength between mother and child in "The Passion According to Mary." With a bit of choreographic pruning on Renolds' part, the Dance Quintet may very well come to be one of Washington's most polished troupes.