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Summer Arts Preview

Critic’s picks: Dance

Malpaso Dance Company will perform in Martha’s Vineyard’s The Yard showcase.

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Malpaso Dance Company will perform in Martha’s Vineyard’s The Yard showcase.

ACROSS THE AGES DANCE PROJECT Dancers age 10-80 perform works by Ivaylo Alexiev, Yo-el Cassell, William “Bill” Evans, Ruth Benson Levin, Lynn Modell, and Erica Schwartz. Curated by Eliza Mallouk, the program honors the memory of the late co-producer Marcie Mitler. June 3-5. $20-$25. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 781-307-2563, www.brownpapertickets.com

ANGAJE Boston-based Haitian contemporary dance company Jean Appolon Expressions presents this dance-theater piece by Appolon, which mines the power of Haitian folklore in the struggle for human rights. June 3-4. $20-$50. Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.com

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DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY Presented by José Mateo Ballet Theatre, this event aims to highlight the power of dance to make the world a better place. From ballet to hip-hop to square dance, the celebration features free performances by more than 80 local troupes, as well as introductory dance classes, children’s activities, food, and the opportunity to connect with a variety of advocacy organizations. June 11. Free. Sanctuary Theatre area, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.danceforworldcommunity.org

THE YARD This acclaimed Martha’s Vineyard organization showcases an impressive range of artists. Partners for more than 40 years, Eiko & Koma offer rare solo performances. Luke Murphy examines Irish identity and politics in “On Triumph and Trauma.” Other highlights include Headlong Dance Theater, Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and two “TapTheYard” programs. May 23-Sept. 18. Free-$75. Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center, and special sites. 508-645-9662, www.dancetheyard.org

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GREAT FRIENDS DANCE FESTIVAL At this festival by Island Moving Company, the resident company is Kansas City’s Owen/Cox Dance. Other participants include Providence’s Part of the Oath, Trainor Dance, Ballet des Ameriques, and Teresa Fellion Dance of New York. July 13-23. $20-$25. Great Friends Meeting House, Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470, www.islandmovingco.org

CAPE DANCE FESTIVAL A starry performance features dancers from Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Martha Graham Dance Company. Highlights include world premieres by Paulo Arrais and Jeffrey Cirio for the talented Cirio Collective, a world premiere by Catherine Cabeen, and works by Joshua Beamish and Abdiel Jacobsen. July 23. $25-$100. Province Lands Visitor Center outdoor amphitheater, Provincetown. 646-734-6338, www.capedancefestival.com

BATES DANCE FESTIVAL This excellent little festival at Bates College features a range of styles. Highlights include Dorrance Dance (July 14-16), Doug Varone and Dancers (July 22-23), and Kate Weare Company (July 29-30). July 9-Aug. 6. $6-$25 (some events free). Bates College locations and the Franco Center, Lewiston, ME. 207-786-6161, www.batesdancefestival.org

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CHATHAM DANCE FESTIVAL PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents this fest in a tent, including performances by RIOULT Dance NY (Aug. 12), the Chase Brock Experience (Aug. 19), Dance Heginbotham (Aug. 26), and Parsons Dance (Sept. 2). $18-$40. PS21, Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-6121, www.ps21chatham.org

ON TAP - BEANTOWN TAPFEST FACULTY SHOWCASE Gathered by tap maven Julia Boynton, this rhythm showcase includes New York tap legend Brenda Bufalino, Los Angeles firecracker Sarah Reich, hometown ex-pat Josh Hilberman, Khalid Hill, Ryan P. Casey, and Sean Fielder. Aug. 5. $36. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-616-5124, www.beantowntapfest.com

SHAKER DANCE REVIVAL PROJECT At Canterbury Shaker Village, choreographer/performer Lorraine Chapman oversees two August performances: “Released” (Aug. 5) includes a premiere co-created by Chapman and David Parker inspired by Shaker dances, plus works by Diane Arvanites, Marcus Schulkind, and Doppelgänger Dance Collective. “Rising & Rotating” (Aug. 6) features artists including Mariah Rasmussen, Grant Jacoby, and Emily Beattie. Free with $75 admission. Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, N.H. 603-783-9511, www.shakers.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

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