Theater & art

Summer Arts Preview

Critic’s picks: Dance

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

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,

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,


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,

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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,

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,

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,

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,


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,

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,


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