Theater & art

Critic’s picks: Dance

KATE WEARE COMPANY This Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company had to postpone its Boston debut last year due to dancer injury, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed this time. Her company brings her acclaimed “Garden” and excerpts from the new, erotic “Dark Lark.”
Feb. 28-March 1. $40. World Music/CRASHarts, Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,

TAO DANCE THEATER The Celebrity Series presents the Boston debut of this modern dance troupe from Beijing. Founded in 2008, the troupe’s experimental bent in collaborations with Chinese music, film, and visual-arts trailblazers makes it a radical exponent of the country’s young contemporary dance scene. Feb. 27-28. $60-$75. Citi Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661,

CLOSE TO CHUCK This could be one of Boston Ballet’s most compelling programs of the year, reprising Jiri Kylián’s provocative “Bella Figura” on a slate with two premieres — the company premiere of resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s “C. to C.” (“Close to Chuck”), with sets by artist Chuck Close, and the world premiere of “Resonance” by José Martinez, artistic director of Spain’s National Ballet. Feb. 20-March 2. $29-$137. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,


JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE “Unbridled” pulls together three of the choreographer’s most popular ballets exploring themes of courtship and passion, starting with Mateo’s exquisite “Schubert Adagio,” set to the composer’s Quintet in C. The program also features “Still Waters,” set to “Sirènes,” from Debussy’s Nocturnes, and “Mozart Concerto.” Feb. 14-March 2. $40. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,

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