LUCINDA WEAVER HALL is a relative newcomer to Washington, but she is no rank amateur with stars in her eyes. She spent eight years dancing with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, a West Coast-based modern dance troupe, then moved on as a solo act and danced her way through Europe and the Middle East, where critics remarked upon her intensity and powers of concentration.
Since settling here, she has taught at George Washington University and shown her work in a few area showcases. At the Dance Place this weekend she will present six solos, two of which -- "Suite" and "Songes" -- she premiered this past spring in a series of concerts with new music composers at the International Festival of Electronic Music in Bourges, France.
The program will also include "Aphrodisias to Crystal City," an exploration of past and present ruins -- specifically the war-torn city of Beirut -- set to the music of Peter Gabriel and Klaus Nomi; the character study "Leandro"; and the slow-paced, mesmerizing "Wadi Woven" and "Leave Only Footprints."
Hall's work is not for everyone. Like a minimalist painter, she works with a limited but well-crafted set of images and rhythms. She favors the lyrical over the percussive phrase. But her intensity rubs off on the spectator; she makes you look hard and long at each fluid gesture and pose in her repertoire.
LUCINDA WEAVER HALL -- Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., The Dance Place, 2424 18th St. NW. Tickets $7, $6 for students and seniors. Call 462-1321.