Theater & art

Summer Arts Preview: Dance picks

Robert Moses’ Kin performs at the Bates Dance Festival July 31-Aug. 1.

TONI GAUTHIER

Robert Moses’ Kin performs at the Bates Dance Festival July 31-Aug. 1.

DANCE

THE YARD The 43d season of this acclaimed Martha’s Vineyard organization enriches the summer with an impressive range of performances. Dance highlights include Bridgman | Packer Dance (June 26-27); Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company (Aug. 11, 13); Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company (Aug. 14-15); and two “TapTheYard” programs (Aug. 21-29), the first featuring Dorrance Dance with Nicholas Young. May 25-Sept. 18. $15-$35, Patricia N. Nanon Theater and Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center. 508-645-9662, www.dancetheyard.org

ACROSS THE AGES DANCE PROJECT This intergenerational collaborative troupe directed by Eliza Mallouk and Marcie Mitler mines the talents of an impressive slate of choreographers for its fifth annual concert, “going forward . . . some digressions.” Dancers ranging from emerging talents to veterans will perform works by Adriane Brayton, Peter DiMuro, William McLaughlin, Lynn Modell, James Morrow, and Erica Schwartz. June 5-7. $20-$25, Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 781-307-2563, www.greenstreetstudios.org

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DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY Presenter José Mateo Ballet Theatre expects this seventh annual free event to draw 20,000 people or more to celebrate the power of dance to create positive change. The initiative features more than 80 performances, introductory dance classes, children’s activities, food, and a dance party on one indoor and four outdoor stages. June 13, noon-8 p.m. Free, Sanctuary Theatre area, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.danceforworldcommunity.org

JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL The grandfather of summer dance festivals brings together a huge range of dance styles by companies from around the world. Highlights include Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th anniversary engagement; Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; and debuts by Germany’s Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Daniil Simkin’s “Intensio,” and Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project. June 13-Aug. 30. $10-$150 (some events free), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

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BATES DANCE FESTIVAL This renowned festival offers an excellent incentive to head north in the heat of summer. Highlights include the East Coast premiere of “The Missing Generation” by transgender artist Sean Dorsey, which explores the early devastation of AIDS in the gay and transgender community (July 16, 18); Mexico’s Delfos Danza Contemporanea; and “Nevaba-warldapece,” an examination of America’s liberation movements by Robert Moses’ Kin (July 31, Aug. 1). July 1-Aug. 8. $6-$25 (some events free), Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6381, www.batesdancefestival.org

CHATHAM DANCE FESTIVAL Set in a concert tent on 100 pastoral acres in Columbia County, N.Y., PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century celebrates American dance with workshops, kids’ events, and performances by Brian Sanders’ JUNK (Aug. 7-8), Gallim Dance (Aug. 14-15), Keigwin + Company (Aug. 21-22), and the renowned Parsons Dance (Aug. 28-29) in its 10th season as the festival’s cornerstone troupe. July 6-Aug. 29. Concerts $18-$40. PS21, Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-6121, www.ps21chatham.org

GREAT FRIENDS DANCE FESTIVAL Island Moving Company’s touring project, which exchanges performance opportunities with companies in other areas, is highlighted at this summer festival. The featured guest company is Karen Charles’s Threads, from Minneapolis; it and Island Moving Company will offer nine programs. July 16-25. $20-$25, Great Friends Meeting House, Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470, www.islandmovingco.org

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CAPE DANCE FESTIVAL Now in its third year, the festival (July 20-25) launches a New Works Residency featuring Boston Ballet principal Jeffrey Cirio and his fledgling 10-member Cirio Collective. The dancers, all current or former Boston Ballet colleagues, will teach five days of classes and rehearse a new work by Cirio, slated for its premiere on the festival’s last day. July 25, 6 p.m. $25-$100, Province Lands Visitors Center outdoor amphitheater, Provincetown. 646-734-6338, www.capedancefestival.com

ON TAP — BEANTOWN TAPFEST FACULTY SHOWCASE Rhythm is king at Julia Boynton’s annual dance festival (Aug. 3-9). Classes, performances and workshops make this a mecca for tap lovers. The highlight is a star-studded faculty showcase featuring Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Ryan P. Casey, Josh Hilberman, Sean Fielder, Khalid Hill, Rocky Mendes, Aaron Tolson, Ian Berg, Sarah Reich, and Demi Remick. Aug. 7, 8 p.m. $32-$37, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-522-5438, www.beantowntapfest.com

24-HOUR CHOREOFEST For this annual event, Luminarium Dance Company invites five other troupes and/or choreographers to an overnight marathon of dance-making based on random themes picked from a hat. One participant, Macedonian choreographer Risima Risimkin, is flying in to set new work on local dancers as part of an international exchange. The creation period Friday night will be broadcast live online, and the six new pieces will be premiered the next day in concerts at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sept. 4-5. $15, Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-477-4494, www.luminariumdance.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

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