THOUGH A CONCERT by the duo known as New Moves is never predictable, there are certain things one can expect. First there are the objects, scads of them, ranging from stones to crystal balls to hanging glass pendulums to swatches of fabric. The objects are Tish Carter's passion; her work is as much taken up with the manipulation of these myriad props as with moving bodies. Movement is her partner Nancy Galeota's first love, and very specific sorts of movement at that. Galeota's pieces are as much studies as dances; she'll treat a certain phrase in many different ways, rather like an artist mixing various hues.
For their concerts this weekend at The Dance Place, New Moves will present four works, two old, one revised, one brand new. Their 1983 collaboration "Travelon Gamelon" features a group of women whirling and walking in intricate patterns while a group of musicians plays Richard Lerman's score on rotating bicycle wheels. Galeota's "Anamorphosis," with a scripted text by Lee Fleming, tells a multi-layered tale about Victorian women, power and lack of same, illusion and time traveling.
Galeota's revised "Motor Series From Here to There" has the duo working off and against the floor while three narrators comment on their movement. And Carter's new "Receiver," a dance influenced by Carter and Fleming's trip to Stonehenge, combines spoken words, huge abstract drawings, fabric, solo movement, stones and highly contrasting costumes.
NEW MOVES -- Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., The Dance Place, 2424 18th St. NW. Tickets $7, $6 for students and seniors. Call 463-1321.