BETH SOLL, frequently referred to as New England's finest choreographer, is a small, ethereal-looking woman with a hyperactive imagination.
Take one of her latest works, "Summerdance," which, on the surface, appears to be a pastoral, darkly romantic dream of a dance -- one of the more conventional she has staged. Its sources? Soll has cited, among other things, a summer wedding she attended on an island off Cape Cod (hence the outdoor setting); deer (hence the dancer on toe shoes -- toe shoes remind Soll of hooves); and bagels (hence the circular and feasting imagery). "Summerdance" is set to a lush, melodious score by Robert Aldridge that has nothing whatsoever to do with bagels or hooves.
Consider another of this unpredictable artist's works, in which two dancers interact with two life-size dolls. It's called "Duet for Four Figures"; the movement was devised by Soll and Ruth Birnberg, and the dolls by Soll's mother, sculptor Liese Bronfenbrenner. This flesh-and-cloth quartet waltzes and carries on to composer Barbara Dacey's melange of taped and live singing and guitar music.
In addition to these offerings, to be presented this weekend at the Dance Place, Soll and her company of six will premiere "Detail," a solo; and "Masque: Attempts to Fly," which was commissioned to celebrate the Bicentennial of the first man in space (in a balloon).
BETH SOLL AND COMPANY -- This Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The Dance Place, 2424 18th Street NW. Tickets $7, $6 for students and seniors. Call 462-1321.