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Critics’ picks: Dance

CHRISTOPHER DUGGAN/jacob’s pillow

COMPANHIA URBANA DE DANÇA Featuring talented dancers from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, this Brazilian troupe led by choreographer Sonia Destri Lie melds the edgy dynamics and acrobatic pyrotechnics of hip-hop and capoeira with contemporary and Brazilian social dance. July 10-14, $39-$69; age 17 and under $10 at some performances. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

BRIDGMAN/PACKER DANCE The mind-bending works of Guggenheim fellows Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer combine compelling dance with cutting-edge video imagery, casting audiences into a world in which reality and illusion are intriguingly blurred. “Voyeur” is inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper. July 12-13, $25; $15 seniors, students, and military. The Yard, Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Middle Road, Chilmark. 508-645-9662, www.dancetheyard.org

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BRIAN BROOKS MOVING COMPANY Hundreds of aluminum pipes hang from the rafters to symbolize cycles of demolition and construction in Brooks’s bustling “Big City.” The New York-based troupe also presents the choreographer’s solo “I’m Going to Explode” and excerpts from “Motor” (above). July 10-14, $22-$38. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

NEJLA YATKIN / NY2DANCE
Inspired by the events of the Arab Spring, Yatkin’s multimedia world premiere “Oasis” at Bates Dance Festival explores issues ranging from memory and identity to torture and transformation. Loosely based on the Middle Eastern allegory of Layla and Majnun, the work is set to music by composer Shamou. July 12-13, 7:30 p.m. $12-$25. Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6381, www.batesdancefestival.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

Karen Campbell can be reached at karencampbell4@rcn.com.
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