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Poetry and the Dance: a conversation with Paul Sanasardo | Newcity Stage
By Sharon Hoyer In his inviting apartment overlooking Lincoln Park, I had the pleasure—and not a rare one, judging from his warmth and affability—of talking at length with choreographer and dance legend Paul Sanasardo. Despite his intention to retire almost two decades ago, Sanasardo's new piece, "Sleepless Nights in the City" plays this weekend at the Ruth Page Center—it's the second piece he's choreographed in two years for dancers at Joel Hall. The new work is inspired in equal measure by his dancers, for whom Mr. Sanasardo holds tremendous respect, the city of Chicago, the paintings of Edward Hopper and reflection on subjects that have interested him over the course of his long and fascinating career. As a young man attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sanasardo never intended to be a dancer. "I wanted to be Picasso; I saw a future in painting, not in dance. But I hadn't seen Jose Limon, I hadn't seen Tudor," he says. "I had no idea." Dance as a career came later,