Dance performances

Five dance shows to accompany you throughout the snowy season

OBJECT: MATERIAL Ian Berg’s Tap Collective has made a name for itself not only with Berg’s bold, boundary-pushing work, but also by reflecting the historic past of the art form. For this Global Arts Live engagement, live dancers and musicians will perform ‘Songbook,’ offering a fresh take on some of the classic tunes from The Great American Songbook. February 5, $28 to $35. Crystal Ballroom at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville. www.globalartslive.org

SANKOFA DANZAFRO The famous Colombian dance company returns with founder Rafael Palacios’ most recent work, “Accommodating Lie”. In this presentation from the Celebrity Series of Boston, seven dancers (with drums, flute, marimba and vocals) examine what it means to be of African descent, aiming to challenge lies and stereotypes in order, as Palacios puts it, to “reaffirm the need for self-representation of communities of African descent. February 26-27, $20 to $60. Boch Center Shubert Theater. www.celebrityseries.org

CHOREOGRAPHER The Boston Ballet continues its excellent series designed to elevate female choreographers with a very promising and varied program of five world premieres. Participating choreographers include principal dancer Lia Cirio, Claudia Schreier, veteran modern dancer Melissa Toogood, visual artist Shantell Martin doing her first dance, and New York City Ballet superstar principal dancer Tiler Peck, who is creating a brand new work for the Boston Ballet. March 3-13, $$39 to $164. Citizens Bank Opera. www.bostonballet.org

THE DAY Dancer extraordinaire Wendy Whelan and choreographer Lucinda Childs joined innovative cellist Maya Beiser and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang for this groundbreaking collaboration. Conceived by the always adventurous Beiser and performed live by her and Whelan, the themes evoked in the 70-minute work are both deeply personal and universal. March 11-13, $30-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. www.icaboston.org

DREAM STATE The centerpiece of this Boston Ballet program is the world premiere of “DEVIL’S/eye” by Stephen Galloway. Galloway, a former Frankfurt Ballet dancer and choreographer/creative consultant for the Rolling Stones, sets his ballet to a frenzied rock score. The program also includes a revival of “Bella Figura” by Jiří Kylián and the glorious abstract ballet “Chaconne” by George Balanchine, for 27 dancers. March 17-27, $39 to $164. Citizens Bank Opera. www.bostonballet.org


Karen Campbell can be reached at [email protected]