Despite its name, the Triple Time Dance Company does not move like a band of crazed speed freaks. "Triple" refers to the trio who conceived and directed this new troupe, based on a devotion to music and movement original in conception as well as performance. In their YWCA debut, the program centers on women.
"Images of Women: Rites of Passage" starts with three dances that grew out of choreographer Paula Gross' fascination with the African women she lived with in Ghana. One piece is based on a puberty rite, another on a photograph of a mother and her two daughters, the third on a group engaged in fetching and carrying water. Although Gross' vocabulary contains no movement that one would call strictly African, the weighty, erect and rooted style is related to physical qualities the choreographer found in the village women. Teddy Klaus' scores for these dances are played on wood and bamboo instruments that he built and piano.
After intermission, Triple Time shifts to contemporary American notions of adolescence, marriage, work and domesticity. Gross' "Are You Me Too?" investigates the effect of Brooke Shields, Star Wars, and other influences on young women. Fellow choreographer Debra Kanter's "Needles and Lace" has three brides-to-be preening and contemplating their respective fates to Klaus' variation on a Yemenite folksong. In "Suburban Conversations No. 1," Kanter and Klaus manipulate a variety of toys and blocks strewn about their fantasy stage domicile, then watch a "real" house appear on a giant TV screen. To an accompaniment of typewriters and piano strings, Kanter sets the four women of "Executive Suite" into intensive office-type motion. Finally, Meade Andrew and Leslie Quill's "Tandem" is a duet embroidered from a single, attention-seeking arm gesture. TRIPLE TIME DANCE COMPANY, Friday and Saturday at 8. YWCA Penney Auditorium, 624 Ninth Street NW. Tickets $6, students through college and over-65s, $5. Call 638-2100.