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Cédric Andrieux 

When: Wed., June 8, 8 p.m., Thu., June 9, 7 p.m. and Fri., June 10, 7 p.m. 2011
Phone: (843) 722-2764
Price: $32
www.spoletousa.org

Not just navel-gazing. As evidenced by the eponymous title, this show is about French dancer Cédric Andrieux. It follows his development as a dancer, from his initial training to his years with some of the world's top contemporary companies. But if you ask Andrieux, the show is actually about much more than him. As a New York Times reviewer commented back in 2010, "By the end, nonetheless, we know a little about Mr. Andrieux, and a lot more about a dancer's life."

French Fame. Andrieux speaks about his early years at the French national conservatory, which he describes as a French version of Fame, the 1980 cult classic about students at a New York performing arts high school. In fact, it was the early-'80s TV series based on the film that inspired Andrieux to become a dancer.

The man behind it all. Andrieux might still be dancing with a big company were it not for Jéróme Bel, the choreographer who directs this show. This piece is actually part of a series examining the lives of dancers like Véronique Doisneau, Isabel Torres, Pichet Klunchun, and Lutz Förster. Bel worked closely with Andrieux for two years to develop this tightly edited show. He also gave the dancer the confidence to branch out on his own.

— Erica Jackson Curran

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