Theater & art

The week ahead: Performing and visual arts

Antonio Douthit-Boyd.
Andrew Eccles
Antonio Douthit-Boyd.

‘Pas’ meets present

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER This annual visit includes two different and provocative programs. One celebrates the collaborative synergy of Ailey and jazz legend Duke Ellington with the pair’s “Night Creature,” “Pas de Duke,” and “The River,” capped by the Ailey masterpiece “Revelations.” The other features the Boston premiere of a new commission by Aszure Barton, along with Bill T. Jones’s luminous “D-Man in the Waters (Part I)” and Wayne McGregor’s “Chroma.” May 1-4. Tickets: $20-$85. Citi Wang Theatre. 617-482-6661,



SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN BOTTOMS Neither Walt Disney nor the Brothers Grimm would be amused by Ryan Landry’s raucous musical sendup of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,’’ but chances are you will be. Featuring Landry himself as the imperiously glowering Queen, Olive Another as that pulchritude-parsing mirror, Jessica Barstis as a winsome Snow White, and Paul V. Melendy as a hilariously self-absorbed Prince Charming. Through May 18. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine, Boston.



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AS YOU LIKE IT Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy takes form in a fluid, funny production that hints at the play’s sense of a world gone wrong, while keeping things light. Though there’s some chemistry missing between the central couple, Brooke Hardman is utterly winning as Rosalind while Paula Plum and Jennie Israel shape wonderfully convincing twists on the supporting characters Touchstone and Jaques. This celebration of coupling becomes a bit of a ladies’ night out. Through May 18. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Springstep Building, Medford. 866-811-4111,


BIG APPLE CIRCUS: LUMINOCITY Times Square comes to City Hall Plaza as the annual visitors in this hybrid newfangled-old-school circus bring their current show to town. It’s a bustling intersection of crane-your-neck marvels — the “free ladder” stuntman, the teeter-board acrobats — and comic diversions such as a flimflam man and a world-class clown in a Gilligan hat. Through May 11. At Boston City Hall Plaza. 888-541-3750,




LA BOUTIQUE FANTASQUE The fledgling New England Movement Arts interdisciplinary training center showcases its International Ballet Company in Léonide Massine’s 1919 one-act ballet (also known as “The Magic Toyshop”) about two dolls so devoted to one another that they refuse to be parted. May 2-4. Tickets: $27. New England Movement Arts, 123 Muller Road, Burlington. 781-272-6362,

URBANITY DANCE Celebrating its sixth anniversary, the company amasses some 30 dancers to tackle six new pieces for this annual spring revue, playfully titled “<3 > Hate.” Choreographers include Urbanity director Betsi Graves, Jaclyn Walsh (of Keigwin + Company), Chantal Doucette, Emily Mayer, and Kate Cook. May 2-3. Tickets: $25-$50. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-572-3727,

POINT OF CHANGE As the name suggests, concerts by Across the Ages Dance Project feature intergenerational works created and performed by dancers bringing a wide range of life experiences. Produced by Eliza Mallouk and Marcie Mitler, this iteration features choreography by Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Sean Bjerke, Audra Carabetta, Tarikh Campbell, Fernadina Chan, Ruth Benson Levin, and Tony Tucker. May 2-4. Tickets: $20-$25. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 781-307-2563,



JACK TWORKOV: CONSTELLATION OF A PICTURE Tworkov, one of the pioneers of action painting, moved to leaner, meditative geometric works in the 1970s. These eight large paintings from 1966 and 1967, some never before exhibited, mark his transition. Through June 21. ACME Fine Art, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-585-9551,


JORDAN EAGLES: BLOOD DUST Eagles’s luminous works — part sculpture, part painting — encase blood from slaughtered cattle in layers of transparent resin, addressing themes of mortality and the cosmos. Eagles has a second show now at LaMontagne Gallery. Through June 29. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. 617-426-5000,

IVA GUEORGUIEVA There’s something architectural about Gueorguieva’s mixed-media abstract paintings: Structures dominate, but they tear, slither, and implode. Violence commingles with beauty, shards and fragments layer in opulent tones that entice even as the frenzied motion of her works pushes you away. Through May 31.Samson, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-357-7177,

PERSONAL TERRAIN: CONTEMPORARY MAPPING As we map, we make meaning. Curator Ilana Manolson taps a dozen artists who chart their imaginations, passions, and travels, from photographer Bruce Myren surveying the 40th parallel to Heidi Whitman crafting mental maps from cut paper. Through May 18. Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-2578,



MIKA ROTTENBERG: BOWLS BALLS SOULS HOLES Dazzling, wildly fanciful and tautly constructed video installations that combine chutes, shafts, bingo balls, big bodies, and much more by the US-based artist born in Buenos Aires and raised in Israel. Through June 8. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434,

TSAR’S CABINET More than 230 decorative objects — dating from the time of Peter the Great in the early 18th century to Nicholas II in the early 20th — designed for the use of Russia’s ruling Romanov family. Includes porcelain, glassware, enamel, silver, and much more. Through May 24. Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton. 978-598-5000,

QUILTS AND COLOR Nearly 60 quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection, accumulated over five decades by artists Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy, with an emphasis on works that chime with 20th-century aesthetics. Through July 27. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: THE REFUSAL OF TIME A 30-minute, five-channel video installation by the South African artist, providing a meditation on the pressure of time and the attempt — both political and existential — to escape it. A collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh, and Peter Galison. Complemented by a selection of Kentridge’s works on paper. Through May 4. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,