Perfume is a contemporary dance performance of smells, based on Patrick Suskind’s novel about a human living in a world stripped bare of its more elegant trappings and organized around the one fundamental principle of smell. A performance that is ''both damned and blessed” dealing with one fatal ambition: to rob ''a living creature of its aromatic soul.'' A performance embedded in sheer physicality which will transport the theme to an honorary present tense. Perfume represents a way of abandoning the constrictions of conventional naturalism without falling into the familiar trap of a self-conscious ''experimentalism'' or ''modernism.'' It accommodates a realism that has nothing whatever to do with ordinary social or psychological observation, but that retains the strength of a fable. A dance performance which is sure to keep you glued to your seats as you witness obsession, murder, and sex entwined and portrayed through the seamless motion of contemporary dance.