EVA ANDERSON and her Baltimore Dance Theater present dance of a traditional, unadorned variety -- something one doesn't see enough of these days.

While so many other companies latch onto the style or score of the month, Anderson creates works that hark back to the early days of modern dance. Seriousness, simplicity, a historical perspective and a commitment to exploring the black experience characterize much of her work, as well as that of the other choreographers represented in the troupe's repertoire.

The seven-member ensemble's program at the Dance Place, billed as a "Dance Word Interchange," will include a body of diverse works set to spirituals, piano rags and blues, plus their signature piece, "The Elephant," a lighthearted tribute to pachyderms.

A very different kind of tribute will be paid to the multitalented Washington artist Jack Guidone, who died of AIDS this past year. Guidone's work as a dancer, choreographer, mask-maker, singer and teacher affected many area performers, and so a great number of them will pay homage to him in a multimedia program entitled, "Metamorphosis." Participants include the Upright Vertebrae, D.C. Contemporary Dance Theater, Momentum Dance Theater, D.C. Cabaret and video artists Video Free Earth.


"Dance Word Interchange." Saturday at 8:30; Sunday at 4 p.m. The Dance Place, 3225 Eighth Street NE. Tickets, $11, $7.50 students/seniors. 269-1600.


"Metamorphosis," Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., GWU Marvin Center Theater, 21st and I NW. Tickets $12. 293-7050 or 483-7943.