Theater & art

Critic’s picks: Dance

Ivan Singer

ADELE MYERS AND DANCERS (above) New England-based choreographer Adele Myers decided to address her fear of heights by learning to soar through the air on a trapeze. The experience inspired her latest multidisciplinary work, “Einstein’s Happiest Thought,” which also explores the ideas of risk and anticipation. Music is by composer Josh Quillen of the Brooklyn-based quartet So Percussion. Nov. 8-9, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20. Institute of Contemporary Art, 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

STEP AFRIKA! Slaps, claps, stomps, and kicks — rhythm is king in stepping, a tradition which grew from African-based communities to America’s urban streets. ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage presents this spirited Washington, D.C., troupe, which for almost two decades has preserved, spread, and kept vigorous this dynamic dance form. This one’s for the whole family. Nov. 7-9, $25-$65. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

HEARTBEAT: A MODERN DANCE ROCK CONCERT In an immersive blend of contemporary dance performance and live rock music, Jennifer Kuhnberg’s choreography illustrates 13 interrelated narrative songs by the George Woods Band that trace the drama of a young woman’s life, from teenage angst to weddings and funerals. Nov. 7-10, $20-$30. Oberon, Cambridge. 845-702-5962, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

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HARVARD DANCE PROJECT This new faculty-led performance group makes its debut with “SEESAW,” a dance installation by Harvard University dance program director Jill Johnson. The work, which incorporates music ranging from classical to pop and texts by Confucius and Daumal, was created using crowd-sourcing and improvisation. Audiences are encouraged to roam the edges of the performance space for a variety of perspectives. Nov. 7-9, $8. Harvard Dance Center, Cambridge. Reservations recommended. 617-495-8683, dance@fas.harvard.edu

Karen Campbell can be reached at karencampbell4@rcn.com.