JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE The veteran choreographer plumbs his dark side in the opening program of his company’s 28th season. In addition to a world premiere, “Shadows Fleeting” includes the witch hunt-inspired “Covens” (2006), set to James MacMillan’s Symphony No. 3, and “Dark Profiles” (2001), set to Beethoven’s tempestuous Grosse Fuge. Through Oct. 27, $40. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org
KISS & CRY Belgium’s Charleroi Danses melds film, text, theater, and an extraordinarily eloquent dance of fingers to create a poetic miniature universe that plays off the poignant reminiscences of a woman nearing life’s end. Presented by ArtsEmerson. Oct. 10-12, $25-$89. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org
DANCE IN THE FELLS Following last year’s successful presentation, Two Roads Performance Projects once again brings together Boston-area choreographers to create new site-specific dances around Medford’s bucolic landscape of the Fells. Brian Crabtree and Dancers, Monkeyhouse, Kara Fili/Tara Weaver, and Alli Ross are this year’s participants for works set around Wright’s Pond. Oct. 12, 1-4 p.m. Free. Wright’s Pond, Elm Street, Medford. www.tworoads.org
AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE NIGHT Urban Nomad Dance Company presents and directs this multimedia show to cap off its daylong “Raqtoberfest,” a festival celebrating tribal fusion belly dance and world music. Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., $20. Center for the Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 617-718-2191, www.raqtoberfest.comKaren Campbell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.