Theater & art

Critic’s picks: Dance

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM  The venerable company (above) showcases its impressive range in this dynamite program: Balanchine’s 1957 classic “Agon,” Alvin Ailey’s ardent “The Lark Ascending,” and John Alleyne’s take on contemporary romance, “Far but Close,” with original music by composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and text by Obie Award winner Daniel Beaty. Pictured: Gabrielle Salvatto and Anthony Savoy. June 23, 2 p.m. $39-$75. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

COMPAGNIE KÄFIG  With its distinctive, often whimsical blend of contemporary dance, martial arts, and hip-hop, this exuberant all-male Brazilian troupe reprises one of the hits of the 2012 Jacob’s Pillow season, with an infectious, pulsating score of bossa nova and samba. June 26-30. $39-$69; age 17 and under $10 at some performances. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket.
413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

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KELLEY DONOVAN & DANCERS  For “Polishing Stone,” a multigenerational program stemming from the company’s Boston Center for the Arts dance residency, Donovan and her crew collaborated with performers ranging from pre-teens to seniors to explore ideas of destruction, regeneration, and transformation. June 27-29. $15. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,
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DANCES BY ISADORA  One of the most influential dancers in history, Isadora Duncan helped transform the perception of the female body moving through space. The company Dances by Isadora, dedicated to preserving Duncan’s legacy, presents this outdoor “Dancing in the Streets” performance featuring several of her short, early dances to lyrical music by Schubert, Chopin, and Brahms. June 25, noon. Free. Seven Hills Park, Buena Vista Road at Meacham Road, Somerville. 617-625-6600, www.somervilleartscouncil.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

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