Theater & art

The Ticket: Dance picks

RACHEL NEVILLE

REGGIE WILSON / FIST & HEEL PERFORMANCE GROUP For “Moses(es),” choreographer Reggie Wilson draws from mathematics, Middle East culture and literature, including Zora Neale Hurston’s book on the prophet. But it’s most likely the rousing music and imaginative dance you’ll remember. With postmodern flair, Wilson melds modern and African dance into a powerful, athletic whole. July 9-13, $19-$38. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM The cornerstone of the company’s upcoming engagement at Jacob’s Pillow is Ulysses Dove’s starkly moving “Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven,” performed to Arvo Pärt’s haunting “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.” Add Donald Byrd’s sleek “Contested Space” and the Harlem Renaissance-inspired “past-carry-forward,” by Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis, and you’ve got a dynamite program. (Pictured: Taurean Green and Ingrid Silva.) July 9-13, $10-$75. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

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TAPTHEYARD 3: A VINEYARD FESTIVAL OF RHYTHM AND BEATS The lineup for the festival’s second weekend is an impressive roster of percussive dance artists from around the country. The rotating mix of performers includes Jason Samuels Smith, the Philly Jazz Quartet, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Sheetal Gandhi, and Michela Marina Lerman. July 9-12, $15-$25 (July 12 family matinee by donation). Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Chilmark. 508-645-9662, www.dancetheyard.org

PROMETHEUS DANCE We don’t get to see this acclaimed Boston modern dance company enough locally. But if you’re headed up to Maine next weekend, you can catch Prometheus at Bates Dance Festival performing the intense, viscerally charged “Heart of the Matter,” a work that portrays what can happen when we peel away the mask of gentility. July 11-12, $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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