Dance performances

10 Outstanding Dance Shows To Catch This Season

THE DANCE HAPPENS HERE: 2022 To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Dance Complex is hosting a free day-long street party outside its Massachusetts Avenue studios. Other streets around the Central Square arts hub will also be closed to traffic, becoming venues for flash shows, drop-in classes, music, storytelling and food. This day also marks the launch of a collaboration with Central Square Theater called Community/RITUALS focusing on Caribbean culture. September 18, free. Dance Complex, Cambridge. www.dancecomplex.org

COMMUNITY DANCE FESTIVAL FOR THE WORLD The José Mateo Ballet Theater presents the 13th edition of this lively outdoor annual festival, which features more than 50 performances and a wide range of free introductory dance lessons by companies representing nearly two dozen movement styles . The day-long event, which this year is titled “New Movements for Peace,” also includes exhibits and activities hosted by local nonprofits as well as food and craft vendors. September 24, free. Massachusetts Avenue between Putnam and Bow streets. www.danceforworldcommunity.org

EXPRESSIONS BY JEAN APPOLON The Cambridge-based choreographer taps into his own experiences growing up in Haiti in “Traka,” his company’s latest work combining contemporary and folk dance with original text and music by Haitian Afrofuturist composer and Berklee teacher Val Jeanty. The powerful full-night work explores dance, culture and community as pathways to healing from trauma and injustice. (A recording of the work will be available to stream starting October 13.) Oct. 2, free (but places are first come). Multicultural Arts Centre, Cambridge. www.celebrityseries.org

Boston Ballet in “Apollo” by George Balanchine.Brooke Trisolini; courtesy of Boston Ballet

BOSTON BALLET The company’s fall season offers two different and dynamic programs. For many, the highlight of “My Obsession” (October 6-16) will be Stephen Galloway’s rock cover of “DEVIL’S/eye” set to iconic Rolling Stones music. The program also includes two masterful classics by Balanchine and “Tsukiyo” by Helen Pickett. The “As Anticipated” program (November 3-13) is dedicated to the work of choreographer William Forsythe and includes a world premiere specially designed for the company. Do not miss. Tickets $39 and up. Citizens Bank Opera. www.bostonballet.org

KAIROS/PAULA JOSA-JONES DANCE THEATER Local dance veterans will remember the provocative work of contemporary dancer/choreographer Paula Josa-Jones. Once a linchpin of the Boston dance scene, she hasn’t presented a major work for her own company in Boston for more than two decades. But she and longtime associate DeAnna Pellecchia, artistic director of Kairos Dance Theatre, are joining forces for a new one-night collaboration titled “Husk/Vessel,” which examines clothing as both covering and habitat. Oct. 14-15, $20-$25. Boston University Dance Theater. https://www.kairosdancetheatre.org/

FOUAD BOUSSOUF Although trained in hip-hop, the Moroccan-born dancer/choreographer also incorporates other dance forms into his provocative work, including contemporary arts, circus arts and traditional styles from Africa. North. Global Arts Live presents the American premiere of the celebratory “Näss,” a work for seven men exploring the power of community. Oct. 14-15, $36-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. www.globalartslive.org

LIZ GERRING DANCE COMPANY The New York-based company performs the world premiere of “Harbor,” a dramatic multi-level ensemble work combining Gerring’s muscular, athletic movement with poetic illumination (lighting by the illustrious Jennifer Tipton) and live music , performed by the JACK Quartet. Presented by ICA/Boston and Summer Stages Dance, the work is set to a new score commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams. Oct. 21-22, $20-$30. ICA/Boston. www.icaboston.org

FARRUQUITO FLAMENCO INTIMO In his new production, the heir to the legendary Spanish dynasty Farruco presents the history and evolution of flamenco. Farruquito, a preeminent exponent of authentic “puro flamenco”, brings a cast of eight dancers and musicians for a show that promises to be powerful and passionate. November 2, $40 to $79. Berklee Performance Center. www.globalartslive.org

Boston Dance Theater’s Olivia Coombs performs in “The Carol Kaye Project”.SARAH TAKACH

BOSTON DANCE THEATER Co-directed by Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and Itzik Galili, the company presents the first full performance of “The Carol Kaye Project”, a collection of light pieces paying homage to the founding bassist. The under-recognized Kaye was not only a founding member of the Wrecking Crew, but recorded with an impressive lineup of artists, from Marvin Gaye to the Beach Boys. The Boston Dance Theater chose works by a diverse group of choreographers, including Karole Armitage and Rena Butler, to celebrate Kaye’s artistry. Nov. 11-12, $36-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. www.globalartslive.org

Kyle Abraham’s AIM will perform “Requiem”.Peter Honnemann

REQUIEM: FIRE IN THE EARTH AIR This Celebrity Series co-commission, which pairs choreography by MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham with composer/electronic music producer Jlin, reimagines Mozart’s titanic “Requiem in D Minor.” Ten dancers from Kyle Abraham’s AIM choreographer’s company bring to life a work exploring ritual, the afterlife and rebirth. Nov. 18-19, $49 and up. Boch Center Shubert Theater. www.celebrityseries.org


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