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Fall Arts Preview

Top picks for dance performances around Boston this fall

Ballet X performs at the Institute of Contemporary Art Oct. 21-22.
Ballet X performs at the Institute of Contemporary Art Oct. 21-22.(ALEXANDER IZILIAEV)

HALAU ‘O KEIKIALI’I For more than two decades, this San Francisco troupe has been dedicated to showcasing the rich cultural traditions of the Hawaiian people. To cap off the company’s weeklong residency at Wellesley College, the music and dance ensemble presents “Ho’okupu — The Offering,” which highlights Hawaii’s deep historical connections to New England. Sept. 17. Free. Wellesley College’s Jewett Auditorium. 781-283-2028, www.wellesley.edu

ONE MINUTE SOLOS Jimena Bermejo-Black curates this intriguing evening of movement in which all creations are limited to one minute’s duration, and pieces cycle over the course of the night. Participants include Sarah Mae Gibbons, Merli V. Guerra, Marsha Parrilla, and Michael Figueroa. Sept. 24. Pay what you will. Mobius Gallery, Cambridge. 617-945-9481, www.mobius.org

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DANCE SHOWCASE 2016 This annual event by the dance program at Boston University highlights choreography by some of its most esteemed faculty and is traditionally a lively evening of wide-ranging works danced by talented students and seasoned professionals. Guest artists from Boston Ballet II perform as well. Sept. 30-Oct. 1. $12-$20. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-358-2500, www.bu.edu/fitrec/dance

RAPHAEL XAVIER Formerly with Rennie Harris Puremovement, this Guggenheim Fellowship-winning dancer-choreographer puts street dance to the service of thoughtful, aesthetically bold construction with a postmodern flair. He and his company bring the new “Point of Interest,” which challenges the notion that hip-hop is only for the young. Sept. 30-Oct. 1. $36-$40. World Music/CRASHarts, Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

THE WONDERTWINS Performing professionally since the age of 10, identical twins Billy and Bobby McClain bring not just technical facility but humor and great stage presence to their performances. They’ve opened for the likes of Run DMC and LL Cool J and have danced with Bobby Brown and Maurice Hines. This time they offer their own show, “To Hip-Hop, With Love.” Oct. 14-15. $22-$28. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org

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JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE The company opens its 31st season with “Impelling Forces,” a program of the veteran choreographer’s works. “1796” (2015) is set to Beethoven’s Sonata No. 2 in G minor for piano and cello, “Over and Over” (2009) is propelled by the rhythms of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 2, and “Mozart Provoked” (2014) features a jazzy reinterpretation of Mozart’s Sonata in C Major by pianist Uri Caine. Oct. 14-30. $42. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

BIG DANCE THEATER The influential company of Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar celebrates its 25th birthday with an onstage party and five Boston premieres. Called “Short Form,” the program includes works inspired by concise creativity, from diary entries to thumbnail sketches. Hot dogs included. Oct. 14-15. $15-$25. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

LION’S JAW This new Boston-based experimental dance festival presented by New Movement Collaborative includes five days of classes, workshops, and jams, as well as two concerts showcasing festival faculty. Performers include Sara Shelton Mann, BodyCartography Project, Miguel Gutierrez, Olivier Besson, Paul Matteson, and Annie Kloppenberg. Oct. 7-8. $20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 740-274-9114, www.lionsjaw.com

BALLETX The fabulous dancers of this Philadelphia-based contemporary company not only have impressive versatility, but loads of personality. For this World Music/CRASHarts engagement, the company presents Joshua L. Peugh’s “Slump,” Amy Seiwert’s “It’s Not a Cry,” Jodie Gates’s “Delicate Balance,” and Matthew Neenan’s “The Last Glass.” Oct. 21-22. $36-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

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VERTIGO DANCE COMPANY For more than two decades, this celebrated Jerusalem-based company has been known for its innovation, athleticism, and commitment to social and ecological responsibility. For its Boston debut, presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, the troupe performs “Vertigo 20,” which explores its intriguing history and development. Oct. 29-30. $65-$75. Citi Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

CIRQUE MECHANICS Founded in 2004 by Boston native and German Wheel artist Chris Lashua, this spunky troupe marries the circus arts with mechanical wonders. “Pedal Punk” sets its acrobatics and clowning in, on, and around an imaginative array of steampunk-inspired cycle machines. Should be great fun. Presented by FirstWorks. Oct. 29. $18-$78. The Vets, Providence. 401-421-2787, www.first-works.org

ESTAMPAS PORTEÑAS TANGO COMPANY This Buenos Aires troupe presents the Boston premiere of “Deseos . . . Stories of Longing and Desire Told Through Argentine Tango and Music.” The show draws from a variety of Argentine cultural traditions and features 12 dancers and live music. Presented by World Music/CRASHarts. Nov. 4. $30-$58. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY Provocative choreographer-dancer Bill T. Jones brings the US premiere of his latest work to Boston. “A Letter to My Nephew” mines both Jones’s deeply personal convictions and his concerns about the social/political issues of our day. The work’s live musical score ranges from lullabies to house music. Nov. 11-13. $30-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

LUMINARIUM DANCE COMPANY This venturesome troupe led by Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman presents “Portal: Stories From the Edge.” The concert features five new works plus the octet commissioned by TedXCambridge to open its conference last June. Nov. 11-12. $22-$27. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-477-4494, www.luminariumdance.org

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ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET The Count lives! North America’s oldest continually running ballet company makes its Worcester debut with the evening-length “Dracula,” a ballet centered on Bram Stoker’s darkly fascinating vampire. The company’s moody, visually striking production is choreographed by Mark Godden and set to the music of Gustav Mahler. Nov. 15. $25-$55. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester. 508-754-3231, www.musicworcester.org

KAREN CAMPBELL


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