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Critics’ picks: Dance

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O VERTIGO DANSE The nearly 30-year-old Montréal troupe returns to Jacob’s Pillow for the first time in more than a decade. The dancers share the stage with the percussionists of the Quebec Contemporary Music Society to perform the award-winning “La Vie Qui Bat” (”The Beat of Life”), set to Steve
Reich’s rhythmic masterwork “Drumming.” Aug. 7-11, $39-$59, $10 youth tickets for some performances. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

JESSICA LANG DANCE The imaginative and prolific Lang has been lauded in the ballet world for a while, but the choreographer is emerging into a brighter limelight with her contemporary troupe. Her program includes a world premiere collaboration with the Vancouver , B.C., design studio molo and the charming “i.n.k.” (right), in which dancers seem to perform with animated splashes of ink (video by Japanese artist Shinichi Maru-yama). Aug. 7-11, $22-$43. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

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DIFFERENT VOICES The Bates Dance Festival advises visitors to “expect the unexpected” in this showcase of dance by visiting choreographers reflecting a wide range of stylistic aesthetics and ethnic traditions, from Ethiopian artist Shiferaw Tariku to the sound-movement collaborations of San Francisco-based La Alternativa to new works by jazz-hip hop choreographer Jennifer Archibald. Aug. 8-9, 7:30 p.m. $12-$25. Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6381, www.batesdancefestival.org

CAVALIA Can horses dance? You bet, as anyone who has seen this theatrical spectacular of equestrian arts in the Cirque du Soleil tradition can attest. They can dance, prance, pirouette, gallop with breathtaking speed and stop on a dime. The company’s new production “Odysseo” features dozens of exquisite horses and many skilled rider-acrobats who dance along with them. Starts Wednesday. $34.50-$219.50. Assembly Square, Somerville. 866-999-8111, www.cavalia.net

KAREN CAMPBELL

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