"Confinement" by Sansara Modern Dance Company, 8 p.m. Friday and 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Revibe Pilates, 115 N. Tejon St., Suite 117B, $10; 482-6715, sansaramovement. wordpress.com.
Trish Doyle-Stahl happened upon a quote earlier this year by Goethe, a German writer and one of the 19th century's greatest thinkers. It resonated so deeply, she decided to base a modern dance performance on it.
"It is my daily mood that makes the weather," Goethe wrote. "I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous."
At the time, Doyle-Stahl was missing a close friend who had moved away, and realized she was moping around and confining herself to misery.
She is a dancer and the co-director of the five-person Sansara Modern Dance Company. The troupe will present six pieces about confinement.
"We all picked an area where it affects us and brings us our confinement," she says. "My piece is called 'Judgment.' I feel judging other people affects how you act. It's like your defense mechanism, and you go back into that mode to protect yourself."
A piece by dancer Gina Pieffer was inspired by her son. "He's small, and another kid said you're too small, that's why you dance," Doyle-Stahl says. "(It's about) how early in life we get a complex about ourselves, and how that goes into our adulthood and can really affect our freedom of expression."
Jennifer Mulson, Jen.firstname.lastname@example.org, 636-0270
The Colorado Springs Teen Court Wine Tasting and Gourmet Food Gala — 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande St., $40; 475-7815, csteencourt.org.
Thomas Maurice — Winner of the 2005 Amateur Pianists International competition, works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms, 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., free; 633-8888, firstchristiancos.org/ music/fcc-concert-series.