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Critic’s picks: Dance

Rob Loud

THE KNOCKING WITHIN Wendy Jehlen and Pradhuman Nayak draw from Shakespeare, American Sign Language, and the neuroscience of dreams in this portrait of two lovers and the insecurities between them. Presented by Anikaya Dance Theater. Sept. 5-8. $15-$25. Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-861-7930, www.brownpapertickets.com

MUSES, MODES & MAGIC! The Dance Complex celebrates new leadership and renovations with this multidisciplinary “Music & Dance Extravaganza” presented and performed with chamber ensemble The Broken Consort. A wine and “meet-the-artists” reception follows the performance. Sept. 6-7, 8 p.m., $12-$15. The Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.thebrokenconsort.com

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SPUNKANDCOMPANY CONTEMPORARY DANCE (above) Led by Jillian Grunnah and Tara McCrystal, this modern dance troupe’s seven dancer/choreographers offer “Seven on 7,” a one-night-only concert of new and recent works. Sept. 7, 7 p.m., $20-$25. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-358-2500, www.brownpapertickets.com

KAREN CAMPBELL

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