French hip-hop pioneer Kader Attou and his Compagnie Accrorap will present “The Roots” at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre Feb. 2-3.
French hip-hop pioneer Kader Attou and his Compagnie Accrorap will present “The Roots” at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre Feb. 2-3.
Joao Garcia


Taking a leap with French hip-hop, fiery flamenco, and romantic ballet

BJM/LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL The internationally acclaimed Canadian troupe returns to Boston via World Music/CRASHarts with a world premiere by Israeli choreographer Itzak Galili and four Boston premieres — one by Galili and three pieces excerpted from “Dance Me,” choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis and inspired by the poetry and music of Leonard Cohen. Feb. 2-3. $40-$65. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-876-4275,

COMPAGNIE ACCRORAP Celebrity Series of Boston presents French hip-hop pioneer Kader Attou and his company in the evening-length work “The Roots,” a theatrically provocative blend of street dance, contemporary movement, and circus arts. The piece’s stark aesthetic replaces the urban sass of hip-hop with a humanistic context that is both visceral and emotional. Feb. 2-3. $60-$75. Boch Center Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661,

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NACHMO With January dubbed National Choreography Month (thus the acronym), area dance makers are invited to spend the month creating one new work to be presented in a showcase finale. Two different culminating performances this season provide audiences with an excellent sampler of diverse choreographic initiatives by 26 artists, ranging from veteran modern dancers like Kelley Donovan and the theatrical ladies of Monkeyhouse to classical Indian dancer Deepa Srinath. Feb. 9-10. $10-$15. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,


JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE The company presents two programs of the veteran choreographer’s works over the coming months. “Stolen Hearts” (Feb. 23-Mar. 18) reprises last season’s premiere “Affairs,” set to a contemporary score by composer Marjan Mozetich, along with “Time Beyond Time” and “Released.” An as-yet untitled premiere is set to highlight the final program, “Moving Violations” (April 6-29). $45. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,

POOR PEOPLE’S TV ROOM The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Bessie Award-winning writer/performer/choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili and designer/director Peter Born have crafted a provocative, multi-media, multi-generational work that brings into the light some of the powerful stories of women’s resistance that history has buried or conveniently forgotten. March 9-10. $15-$25. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,

THE WILD DIVINE Choreographer Deborah Abel and her company have been working on this new evening-length work for 10 dancers and eight musicians for two years. The work is about letting go and finding new connections as it portrays the healing quest and spiritual inner journey of a woman whose body is failing because of a serious illness. March 17-18. $30-$40. Tsai Performance Center. 978-369-4530,

FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2018 World Music’s annual celebration of the rich Spanish dance form opens with the 10 dancers and musicians of Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona (March 10) performing the dramatic, inventive “Impetu’s.” Compañía Eva Yerbabuena (March 11) offers the Boston premiere of “¡Ay!” featuring the dancer’s fiery solo work accompanied by instrumentalists and a trio of male singers. March 10-11. $40-$79. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275,

ROMEO & JULIET Boston Ballet reprises its acclaimed production of the beloved ballet choreographed by John Cranko, with Prokofiev’s luminous score played live. Star-crossed lovers, political intrigue, a lively community of colorful characters, and passion around every corner — what more could you want? March 15-April 8. $45-$174. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,


DANZABIERTA The groundbreaking Cuban contemporary dance company makes its Boston debut with the area premiere of “Malson,” which blends sharp, high-energy movement with film vignettes capturing the energy of Havana. Evoking the shifts and quirks of human relationships, the work unspools to an original score by Afro-Cuban fusion composer X Alfonso. March 16-17. $44-$48. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. 617-876-4275,

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER For a stunning 50 years, the Celebrity Series has been presenting this legendary company, and it remains a welcome harbinger of spring for dance lovers. Lots of special commemorative events this season are capped by a series of wide-ranging performances, with repertoire including works by Ailey, artistic director Robert Battle, Twyla Tharp, Jamar Roberts, Talley Beatty, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. March 22-25. $35-$85. Boch Center Wang Theatre. 617-482-6661,