Theater & art

The week ahead: Performing and visual arts

Geri Kodey /The Smith Center

Magical storm

THE TEMPEST Directed by Aaron Posner and Teller, the silent half of the Penn & Teller team, this dandy production dresses up Shakespeare with stage magic, a gymnastic two-man Caliban and an onstage band playing songs from the Tom Waits catalog. Pictured (from left) Tom Nelis, Charlotte Graham, Joby Earle, and Nate Dendy. Through June 15. American Repertory Theater. Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300,



INTO THE WOODS A captivating production of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, adroitly directed by Spiro Veloudos, in which the disenchanted forest of the title is thick with pathos, dread, and disillusion, but also shot through with humor, life, and wayward romance. With eye-catching steampunk costumes by Elisabetta Polito and top-notch performances, especially by Aimee Doherty, Lisa Yuen, Erica Spyres, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, John Ambrosino, and Maritza Bostic. Through June 29. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,


GIDION’S KNOT The acclaimed actress Karen MacDonald puts on her director hat for this two-hander by Johnna Adams about an encounter between a woman in mourning for her son and the boy’s teacher. Featuring Deb Martin and Olivia D’Ambrosio. Through June 22. Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston. At Deane Hall, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

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AMALUNA Cirque du Soleil is back with its big top, this time performing a female-centered spectacle that combines Las Vegas razzle-dazzle with refined art. Directed by Diane Paulus, who is also artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, the production is based loosely on “The Tempest,” with a female Prospera who manipulates the natural world. This outing is more plot-based than previous Cirque shows, which gives it an intimacy and ties the circus acts together. Yes, you can expect the usual Cirque derring-do, with Spandex-clad performers swinging perilously through the air. But one new act is not to be missed: A character called the Balance Goddess makes a sculpture out of giant palm leaf ribs, and the effect is at once graceful and gripping. Through July 6. Boston Marine Industrial Park. 800-450-1480,



MOVEMENT AT THE MILLS New York choreographer Sydney Skybetter’s troupe, skybetter & associates, makes its Boston debut in this ongoing series of dance performances set throughout the visual arts gallery space. The company previews Skybetter’s new “Everything She Wants” along with several works commissioned by the Kennedy Center. June 6, 7 p.m., Free. Boston Center for the Arts. 617-426-5000,


JOHN J ZULLO DANCE/RAW MOVEMENT This New York-based company presents a program called “The Memory Suite,” which explores perceptions of what people remember and forget. The concert includes the area premiere of a work inspired by Boston-based novelist Scott Heim’s “Mysterious Skin.” Guest artists Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion will share a work in progress. June 7-8, $15-$20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

DANCING IN THE STREETS This Somerville Arts Council event showcases Deborah Mason’s preprofessional Youth Dance Company. Mason also presents the “History of Tap (HOT),” which traces the evolution of tap as an art form. June 7, 7 p.m., Free. Magoun Square, Somerville. 617-625-6600, ext. 2985.

CAMBRIDGE RIVER FESTIVAL Dance is an integral part of this festival celebrating the diversity of arts in Cambridge, and the interactive dance stage offers audience members an opportunity to get in on the action. The afternoon’s featured performers include OrigiNation, Snake Dance Theatre, Urbanity Dance, and Salsa Y Control. June 7, noon-6 p.m., Free. Central Square, Cambridge. 617-349-4380,



ANN TOEBBE: SHARED Toebbe plumbs memory’s resonances and uncertainties in paintings of the childhood homes of those she loves. She flattens and skews her interiors into patterned-filled abstractions that seem to unfold before us like deconstructed dollhouses. Through July 5. Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-778-5265,


MARIKO KUSUMOTO: TRANSLUCENT EXPLORATIONS Better known for her intricate metal box sculptures, Kusumoto here turns her attention to fabric, crafting delicately patterned, origami-like floral sculptures using a technique developed centuries ago by Japanese artists for hair accessories. Through June 30. Mobilia Gallery, 358 Huron Ave., Cambridge. 617-876-2109,

CASSANDRA KLOS: THE ABDUCTEES Tensions of the Civil Rights era and space age fears mingle as this photographer recreates the true story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple who, in 1961, claimed to have been abducted by aliens. Through June 29. Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St. (No phone),



OLAFUR ELIASSON A suite of works, including an artificial outdoor waterfall, a spinning mobile, and a row of colored light projectors casting patterned shadows, by the Danish-Icelandic artist. Through Nov. 30. Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Vt. 802-952-1056,

PERMISSION TO BE GLOBAL/PRACTICAS GLOBALES: LATIN AMERICAN ART FROM THE ELLA FONTANALS-CISNEROS COLLECTION The first survey of contemporary Latin American art hosted by the MFA. Featuring work by 46 artists from Central and South America and the Caribbean, all from a single collection. The show was first seen at Art Basel Miami Beach late last year. Through July 13. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

IAN HAMILTON FINLAY: ARCADIAN REVOLUTIONARY AND AVANT-GARDENER More than 200 works are included in this ambitious survey of the career of the great Scottish artist, poet and garden designer. Through Oct. 13. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355,

NATALIE DJURBURG + HANS BERG: A WORLD OF GLASS An installation of 193 polyurethane sculptures, on four tables, and four compelling (if somewhat eye-popping: it’s not suitable for young children) Claymation video projections by the Swedish artist Djurburg, with accompanying music by the Swedish composer Berg. Through July 6. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,


A portrait of the artist

JOE ZANE: WHO SHOULD A PERSON BE? This cheeky conceptual artist challenges the art world’s emphasis on originality, labor, and, to a degree, vanity. He sculpts wilted flowers. His self-portraits are painted copies of a photo run through a Cubist filter in Photoshop. Through June 28. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477,