Theater & art

The Ticket: Dance picks

COMPAGNIE HERVÉ KOUBI This intriguing company is composed of a dozen French-Algerian and African men, most of whom have backgrounds in hip-hop and street dance. But the choreography also mines capoeira, martial arts, ballet, and contemporary dance. For the troupe’s Boston debut, the fluidly acrobatic “Ce que le jour doit à la nuit” (What the Day Owes the Night) also includes evocative Sufi imagery. March 11-12. $36-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic .org

KIERAN JORDAN DANCE The talented Jordan and her troupe present “Little Gifts: A Celebration of Irish Dance Steps and Tunes.” Featuring visuals by the Irish-born artist Vincent Crotty and live music, the show eschews the spectacle of many large-scale productions in favor of an intimate evening of solos and small ensemble pieces highlighting the simplicity and immediacy of Irish step dancing. March 11-12. $20-$25. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191,

KELLEY DONOVAN & DANCERS The most recent work by the provocative Donovan and her company, “The Body Becomes the Messenger,” is an evening-length exploration of how our bodies affect our emotions, spirituality, and personal connections. It premiered in New York in January and is being presented locally as part of the Dance Complex’s Integrated Artist Residency Exchange. March 11-12. $12-$20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,


DOPPELGÄNGER DANCE COLLECTIVE The fledgling company founded by Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson presents its first full-length dance event, a concert and symposium titled “THE FIRST FOUR.” The performance features newly commissioned duets by Heidi Henderson, Paul Singh, Sydney Skybetter, and B.J. Sullivan that will be accompanied by a live string ensemble. March 11-12. $20-$30. Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence. 800-838-3006,


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