Since her days at American University, choreographer Sharon Wyrrick has concentrated on the group concept and the power of gesture. She can take a cluster of performers, immerse them in movement patterns and transform them into a pulsing group. Often the gestures come from the individuals' experiences or observations. Wyrrick's musical sense adds a further dimension: Words match actions, a capella harmonies accompany laboring motions.
For the past year and a half, Wyrrick has been creating pieces for her own troupe, Full Circle, who'll be dancing several of Wyrrick's most resonant group works this weekend. Among them are "Drive," a frantic ode to the daily grind set to a score of percussion and words by Wyrrick and Wayne Jones; "Task," a blend of hammering, scrubbing and other repetitive task-oriented gestures with music by Carl Orff, local composer Teddy Klaus and traditional sacred harp singing; "Folding," a new solo in which Wyrrick explores that process; and the ritualistic, three-part "Currents," which involves a great deal of imaginative arm movements to a score by Anthony Davis. FULL CIRCLE -- Saturday and Sunday at 8 at The Dance Place, 2424 18th Street NW. $6 general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens. Call 462-1321.