Theater & art

Critic’s picks: Dance

DANCE SHOWCASE 2013 The Dance Program at Boston University packs this annual showcase with an impressive lineup of faculty and special guests spanning five decades and a variety of genres, including an aerial piece by Marin Orlosky Randow. Other participants include Judith Chaffee, Paula Josa-Jones, Lynn Modell, Margot Parsons, DeAnna Pellecchia, and Ingrid Schatz, as well as New York’s Amalgamate Dance Company. Sept. 27-28, $10-$15. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-358-2500,

MASSACHUSETTS DANCE FESTIVAL This annual showcase brings together dancers from around the Bay State for workshops and two concerts. Performers include BoSoma Dance Company, Audra Carabetta and Dancers, Danza Orgánica, IBIT Dance Company, Annie Kloppenberg, and Legacy Dance Company, among others. Sept. 27-28, $10-$15. UMass Amherst’s Rand Theater, Amherst. 413-545-6064,

THIRD LIFE STUDIO CHOREOGRAPHER SERIES Veteran choreographer Kelley Donovan curates this series of shared concerts giving Boston-area choreographers an intimate and informal venue to showcase work in various stages of development. Post-show sessions offer the opportunity for choreographer insight into the process and audience feedback. This first concert includes choreography by Joan Green and Bonita Weisman. Sept. 28 at 8 p.m., $15-$20. Third Life Studio, Somerville. 617-628-0916,


100 YEARS OF MODERN DANCE Dance Currents highlights some of the seminal works that have shaped the evolution of modern dance over the past century. The concert includes contemporary works as well as historical pieces by Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Charles Weidman, Anna Sokolow, Donald McKayle, and José Limón. Sept. 28 at 10 a.m., $15. Regent Theatre’s Underground Theatre, Arlington. 781-863-5360,

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