Theater & art

Critic’s picks: Fall dance

Kyle Abraham brings his company Abraham.In.Motion to World Music/CRASHarts at the ICA in November.
Kyle Abraham brings his company Abraham.In.Motion to World Music/CRASHarts at the ICA in November.

SOKOLOW NOW!  The archival dance company of the Attleboro-based Sokolow Dance Foundation performs the works of American choreographer Anna Sokolow, who began her professional dance career in 1929 with Martha Graham. “Black & White” is a program of three of Sokolow’s pieces from the 1980s: “Everything Must Go,” “Homage to Rachmaninoff,” and “From the Diaries of Franz Kafka.”  Sept. 15. $18-$22. Boston University Dance Theater, Boston.
800-838-3006, www.brown

 Founded in 1952 by dancer-choreographer Amalia Hernández and spanning Mexico’s cultural history, from the Mayan and Aztec eras to the present, the company marks its 60th anniversary this year. With a lineup of 48 dancers, musicians, and singers, it brings its colorful folk dances to the Shubert Theatre as part of World Music/CRASHarts’ fall season.  Sept. 22. $40-$65. Shubert Theatre, Boston.

FIRSTWORKS FESTIVAL: ON THE PLAZA IN 2012  Highlighting this festival of music, dance, and performance will be an appearance by Bandaloop. The 21-year-old company, whose specialty is “vertical performance,” will hope to reach new heights as it weaves physicality, choreography, and climbing technology to fly 30 stories overhead. Sept. 29.
Free. Greater Kennedy Plaza, Providence. 401-421-4078,


JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE  The Cambridge-based company’s 26th season opens with “Mysterious Arrangements,” a trio of works that includes Mateo’s “Time Beyond Time” (2005), set to Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” and “Dancers’ Overture” (2001), set to the Overture from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 and not seen since its debut. The third piece will be a Mateo world premiere, one of two the choreographer will present this season. Oct. 5-28. $38. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,

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THE ROYAL DRUMMERS & DANCERS OF BURUNDI  Performing on drums that are, in some cases, hollowed tree trunks covered with skin, these artists from the small central African nation of Burundi have been touring since the 1960s. They appeared on Joni Mitchell’s 1975 album, “The Hissing of Summer Lawns,” and played at the first WOMAD festival, in 1982. World Music/CRASHarts brings them to the Somerville Theatre as part of their first North American tour since 2006.  Oct. 12. $35. Somerville Theatre, Somerville. 617-876-4275,

Unyted Stylz Productions presents its fourth annual roundup of local choreography, with performances from Unyted Stylz Crew (which has appeared at Boston Celtics games), StreetHype, Contemporarily Out of Order, Dana Fitchett, Boston Tap Company, LBArts Collective, Devon Boucher, and more to be announced.  Oct. 12-13. $18-$20. Boston University Dance Theater, Boston. 800-838-3006,

ANNA MYER AND DANCERS This local outfit, established in 1992, has been presented by the Celebrity Series, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Summer Stages Dance. Now World Music/CRASHarts brings the company to the Institute of Contemporary Art to perform its new “Hoop Suite,” a “rap opera” created in conjunction with the North American Family Institute’s Youth Link that builds on the vibe of Myer’s “Street Talk Suite Talk.” The second piece on the program is the world premiere of Myer’s “Hindsight Now,” a work that calls for nine dancers and three cellists.  Oct. 12-14. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-876-4275,

 Lubovitch has done everything from Broadway musicals to choreography for figure skaters. His company, which was established in 1968 and is based in New York, is making its second appearance in the Celebrity Series, and it’s bringing mostly Lubovitch’s recent work: “North Star” (1978), set to Philip Glass’s “Étoile polaire”; “Little Rhapsodies” (2007), set to Schumann’s “Symphonic Etudes”; “Crisis Variations” (2011), set to a score by Yevgeniy Sharlat based on Liszt’s “Transcendental Etudes”; and “The Legend of Ten” (2010), set to the first and last movements of Brahms’s Piano Quintet.  Oct. 19-20. $60-$75. Shubert Theatre, Boston. 617-482-6661,


 The company opens its 49th season with two encores from the 2011-12 season and a world premiere (title TBA) from the company’s resident choreographer, Jorma Elo. Christopher Bruce’s “Rooster” has dancers strutting to Rolling Stones tunes such as “Play With Fire” and “Not Fade Away”; William Forsythe’s “The Second Detail” is a kind of high-school-prom piece with a Carrie-like figure in a white Issey Miyake dress. As for the Elo premiere, the only thing certain is that the choreographer will be working on it till the last minute.  Oct. 25-Nov. 4. $29-$132. Boston Opera House, Boston. 617-695-6955,

UNLEASHED  Headlining Boston Conservatory’s fall showcase will be a pair of works by major American choreographers. Bill T. Jones created “D-Man in the Waters” in 1989 in memory of Demian Acquavella, a dancer with his company who died of AIDS; it’s set to Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings, to be played live by students from the conservatory’s music division. Twyla Tharp’s “Eight Jelly Rolls,” which premiered in 1971, is set to the 1920s jazz of Jelly Roll Morton. Rounding out the program are new works by Larry Keigwin, artistic director of Keigwin and Company; former Boston Ballet company member Gianni Di Marco; and New York-based dance artist Colleen Thomas.  Nov. 1-4. $15-$30. Boston Conservatory Theater, Boston. 617-912-9222, www

FAYE DRISCOLL  No points for guessing that “You’re Me,” the New York-based Bessie Award winner’s new 90-minute duet, is about identity and how we relate to one another. Pulling clothing, wigs, costume jewelry, and more out of what might be a trunk the kids have found in the attic, Driscoll and Jesse Zaritt dress each other up, make each other up, and act up as they try to figure out who’s who.  Nov. 2-3. $18-$20. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3100, www.ica

LORRAINE CHAPMAN THE COMPANY  This local troupe is celebrating its 10th anniversary at Green Street Studios with six performances that will include recent works from Chapman’s repertoire (“the changing room,” “Pulp Tango,” “Gilbert & George,” “Safe Space,” “the solemn moment,” and “Good Enough for Me”), a pair of collaborations (“Where’s the Magic?” with Alissa Cardone and Joe Burgio, and “Underneath the blue shirt” with Yo-el Cassell and Chris Alloways-Ramsey), Marcus Schulkind’s “Let Bygones Be,” and new solo works created for Chapman by choreographers Diane Arvanites and David Parker.  
Nov. 2-11. $15-$25. Green Street Studios, Cambridge.
617-864-3191, www.lorraine

DANCE COMPLEX FACULTY SHOWCASE  This annual fall concert in Central Square’s historic Odd Fellows Hall will feature new choreography from Dance Complex faculty members, who teach everything from bharatanatyam to ballet, and who include Anna Myer, Brian Crabtree, Danny Swain, Diane Arvanites, Tommy Neblett, Margot Parsons, Rebecca Rice, and Rozann Kraus. Nov. 9-10. $21. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,


 World Music/CRASHarts brings Bessie Award winner Kyle Abraham and his seven-member company Abraham.In.Motion to the Institute of Contemporary Art for the Boston premiere of “The Radio Show” (2010), a piece that incorporates his father’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and the disappearance from the airwaves of the radio station that Pittsburgh native Abraham grew up listening to.  Nov. 16-17. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-876-4275,

IMPACT DANCE COMPANY  This new local troupe headed by Meghan McCaffrey makes its debut with a benefit event for a 5-year-old girl named Hailey, born with cerebral palsy. Headlining the evening will be a piece called “Hailey’s Dance.”  Nov. 24. $10-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-997-3527,