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Critics’ picks: Dance

Rachel Meyer of BC Ballet.

Michael Slobodian

Rachel Meyer of BC Ballet.

BALLET BC This sleek, polished repertory company from British Columbia brings three very different contemporary works to its Pillow engagement. Featuring music ranging from Mozart to the Cracow Klezmer Band, the concert includes choreography by artistic director Emily Molnar, Nederlands Dans Theater’s Medhi Walerski, and Italian choreographer Jacopo Godani. July 17-21, $39-$75. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745,

TERE O’CONNOR DANCE With a drawer-full of awards and an international reputation, the cutting-edge choreographer turns his sights to the experience of being a closeted gay man in “Cover Boy.” He calls the quartet, set to original music by James Baker, “part expression, part exorcism, and part political observation.” July 17-21, $22-$38. Jacob’s Pillow Dance
Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745,

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As the veteran choreographer and his superb company celebrate the quarter-century mark, they bring to the Bates Dance Festival the recent “Carrugi” and “Able to Leap Tall Buildings” (set to “Cruel Sister” by Bang on a Can cofounder Julia Wolfe), as well as Varone’s signature duet “Rise,” to music by John Adams.  July 18-20, 7:30 p.m. $12-$25. Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6381, www.batesdance

OUTSIDE THE BOX This new performing arts festival offers an excellent, mostly local dance lineup. Highlights this week include two free concerts on Boston Common: The Floorlords (Sunday at 1:30 p.m., Commonwealth Stage) and Germany’s Tony Rizzi and the
Bad Habits (Monday at 9 p.m., Spiegeltent at Tremont). Through July 20. www.outsidetheboxbos

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