Choreographer Kate Weare makes lush, propulsive dances that shine a light on the underbelly of intimacy. Indeed, light is an operative word in her movement vocabulary: Even in the midst of threats — say, the loss of sanctuary or a partner’s rage — you see resilience: A hand cradles a head here, a butterfly lingers in an elbow-crook there. Ties that bind can stretch, not break.
On Friday night, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Weare’s superb dancers showed, in two works, the molten dichotomies that drive relationships — not just between people, but between nature and us. That the older offering, “Garden” (2011), trumped the new “Dark Lark” (2013) may be a reflection of those dichotomies itself.