Critic’s picks: Dance

ACOUSTICAELECTRONICA “Bach meets a dance-club backbeat, Chopin meets trance, Carmen’s habanera and Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ are blended with house music.’’ That’s the premise of this typically eclectic event at Oberon. And if live musicians, New York DJ the Wig, and go-go dancers aren’t enough, there’ll also be aerialists overhead. Feb. 10 and 17. $20-$50. Oberon, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,

CONTRAPOSE DANCE Courtney Peix’s Contrapose Dance is the Boston Center for the Arts’ company in residence. This program, “groundwork,’’ offers the Boston premiere of New York choreographer Sydney Skybetter’s “Potemkin Piece,’’ Peix’s own “Ground,’’ and a new work by Massachusetts choreographer Mariah Steele. Feb. 10-11. $15. Calderwood Pavilion Rehearsal Hall A, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston. 617-933-8600,

JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE In the first of two winter repertory programs (the second is in March), José Mateo casts an eye toward Valentine’s Day with “Classical Lovers,’’ a trio of works. Haydn’s “Surprise’’ Symphony features in “Courtly Lovers’’ (2003), J.S. Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in G minor is the music for “Back to Bach’’ (2003), and Schubert’s String Quintet in C accompanies “Schubert Adagio’’ (1991). Feb. 10-26. $38. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,


STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY Nick Cave’s songs are the backdrop to “Underland,’’ a piece Stephen Petronio created for the Sydney Dance Company in 2003. This smaller-scaled (11 dancers) version debuted at the Joyce Theater in New York last year. But music isn’t the only backdrop; there’s also a triptych of projected imagery by visual designer Ken Tabachnik and video artist Mike Daly. Feb. 10-12. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-876-4275,

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TRIPLE PLAY Back in the 1990s, when he was the resident choreographer for Boston Ballet, Daniel Pelzig showed a particular affinity for Tchaikovsky. For this annual showcase from Boston Conservatory, he’ll debut a new piece set to Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor. Rounding out the program are Cathy Young’s jazzy “Zero Cool’’ and Doug Varone’s “The Constant Shift of Pulse.’’ The conservatory’s music division will provide the live music. Feb. 16-19. $10-$25. Boston Conservatory Theater, Boston. 617-912-9222,

PLAY WITH FIRE Playing with fire could mean trying to set J.S. Bach’s iconic “Goldberg Variations,’’ as Jorma Elo does in “Sharp Side of Dark.’’ Or putting bare-chested men and women onstage, as Jirí Kylián does in “Bella Figura.’’ Or making a dance out of the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil’’ and “Ruby Tuesday,’’ as Christopher Bruce does with “Rooster.’’ Boston Ballet has already presented the first two works in this program without burning its fingers, so there’s reason to think “Rooster’’ won’t wind up in the frying pan. March 1-11. $25-$132. Boston Opera House, Boston. 617-695-6955,

FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2012 This annual weekend presented by World Music/CRASHarts offers two dancers from the south of Spain: Rafaela Carrasco from Seville and Olga Pericet from Córdoba. On March 2-3, Compañía Rafaela Carrasco will perform “Vamos al tiroteo’’ (“Let’s Get on With the Shooting’’), set to Spanish songs collected by Federico García Lorca and sung by La Argentinita in 1931. On March 4, Compañía Olga Pericet will follow with the dream-drenched “Rosa, metal y ceniza’’ (“Rose, Metal, and Ash’’). March 2-4. $40-$65. Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. 617-876-4275,

BALLET HISPANICO This New York company, headed by artistic director Eduardo Vilaro, brings three Boston premieres to the Celebrity Series: Colombian-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Mad’moiselle’’ (2010), Ronald K. Brown’s “Espiritu Vivo’’ (2011), and Vilaro’s own “Asuka’’ (2011), set to songs performed by Celia Cruz. March 9-11. $43-$68. Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. 617-482-6661,


BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY In “Story/Time,’’ inspired by the one-minute stories of John Cage’s 1959 “Indeterminacy,’’ Bill T. Jones will sit at a desk and read 50 to 70 mostly autobiographical short works while his company performs around him. The piece debuted last month in Montclair, N.J.; it’s presented in Providence by FirstWorks. March 10. $18-$68. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence. 401-421-2787,

TREY McINTYRE PROJECT Can a contemporary ballet company find happiness by basing itself in Boise, Idaho, and touring America? Trey McIntyre thinks so. For this World Music/CRASHarts appearance, the Trey McIntyre Project offers two Boston premieres. “Blue Until June’’ (2000) is set to Etta James songs: “One for My Baby,’’ “At Last,’’ “St. Louis Blues,’’ and more. “The Sweeter End’’ (2011) is set to music by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. March 16-18. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-876-4275,