BOSTON BALLET The company’s season-opening program, “Genius at Play,” celebrates the centennial of choreographer Jerome Robbins with a trio of works: “Fancy Free” (his 1944 collaboration with Leonard Bernstein, when both men were just 25); “Interplay” (1945), a jazzy, bluesy romp to Morton Gould’s “American Concertette”; and “Glass Pieces” (1983), a salute to urban life set to music by Philip Glass. Through Sept. 16. $37-$169. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org
BOSTON UNIVERSITY DANCE SHOWCASE The lineup for this annual event showcasing Boston University’s dance program includes work by faculty members Margot Parsons, DeAnna Pellecchia, Marin Orlosky Randow, and Liz Roncka and students Wendy O’Byrne and Brian Washburn. Guest artists from Boston Ballet II will also perform two pieces: an excerpt from former Boston Ballet principal and choreographer Sam Kurkjian’s “Rachmaninoff Suite 2,” and current artistic director Mikko Nissinen’s version of the Petipa/Ivanov pas de deux from Act One of “Swan Lake.” Sept. 21-22. $10-$20. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-358-2500, www.bu.edu/fitrec/dance
TRAJAL HARRELL In previous visits to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Trajal Harrell has brought installments of his “Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church,” which asks what would have happened if, in 1963, someone from the voguing drag-ball scene in Harlem had gone downtown to perform at the Judson Church with the early postmodern choreographers. Harrell’s newest work, “Caen Amour,” posits “a fictional encounter between early modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller, butoh creator Tatsumi Hijikata, and Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo” by way of reviving the 19th-century hoochie-coochie show. Outrageous costumes are a given, but expect nudity and perhaps profanity as well. Sept. 21-22. $15-$25. ICA. 617-478-3103, www.ica
LUMINARIUM DANCE COMPANY Choreographed by Luminarium artistic directors Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman, the hourlong “Hiveland” developed out of the commissioned performance the company gave at TEDxCambridge’s spring 2016 event at the Boston Opera House. To an electronic score by Christos Zevos, seven dancers will search for “what lies beyond the hive” as they seek to “establish a new world order.” Sept. 21-22, 28-29. $12-$32. Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge. 617-477-4494, www.luminariumdance.org
LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES This show premiered at the London Palladium in 2014 to mark the 20th anniversary of Michael Flatley’s appearance, with Jean Butler, in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest segment that was developed into “Riverdance.” Flatley went on to create his own show, “Lord of the Dance,” in 1996. Injuries have forced his retirement, but “Lord of the Dance” continues on, with music by Gerard Fahy, “a giant Radiant flat screen that spans the width of the stage,” “dancing robots,” and rainbows and unicorns to help the Lord of the Dance as he faces off against a Dark Lord. Sept. 28. $49-$134. Emerson Colonial Theatre. 888-616-0272, www.emersoncolonialtheatre.com
THIRD LIFE STUDIO CHOREOGRAPHER SERIES This showcase curated by Kelley Donovan offers a wide range of choreography, including Donovan, Studio10Tap: Valery Marcantonio, Regality Dance, Wu Yaq, Slow Motion Dancers, Kylie Burnham and Hema Karunakaram & Prnay Chopra. Sept. 28. $12-$25. Third Life Studio, Somerville. 617-388-3247, www.brownpapertickets
SUPPER, PEOPLE ON THE MOVE The people on the move in this 55-minute work from Argentine-born, Philadelphia-based choreographer Silvana Cardell include the audience, which will accompany the eight dancers as they examine the “migration of people looking for new horizons.” The set includes a long table; at the end of the dance, the audience will join the dancers there for a simple meal. Sept. 28-30. $13-$26. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org
LARRY KEIGWIN + NICOLE WOLCOTT Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott founded Keigwin + Company back in 2003. Now they’re reuniting in the Boston premiere of “Places Please!,” a “zany duet” that looks at what happens onstage before the curtain goes up, as well as at their relationship over the past 15 years. Helping out will be local dancers Lorraine Chapman, Alexander Davis, and Lynn Modell. Presented by World Music/CRASHarts. Oct. 19-20. $32-$36. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org
TRIVENI SCHOOL OF DANCE After performing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium for 41 years, Triveni is moving to a larger venue, the Strand Theatre in Dorchester. The school’s 42nd annual recital, given in the afternoon, will offer 400 dancers, ages five to 55, “dressed in traditional, colorful silks and temple jewelry” and presenting three of the most popular styles of Indian classical dance. Oct. 21. Free. Strand Theatre. 617-232-5485, www.trivenidance.org
EPHRAT ASHERIE DANCE Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie was a 2016 Bessie Award winner, and her New York-based company is “dedicated to creating a new movement language that combines the rawness of underground dance styles such as breaking, house, hip hop, and vogue with a contemporary dance aesthetic.” “Odeon,” which premiered at Jacob’s Pillow in June and was presented at the Yard in July, is Asherie’s second collaboration with her jazz-pianist brother Ehud. Set to music (performed live) by Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, and performed by seven dancers including Asherie, the piece looks at what happens when house meets street. Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston. Oct. 26-27. $50. New England Conservatory’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
CITY BALLET OF BOSTON Established this year, City Ballet of Boston is directed by Tony Williams (of “Urban Nutcracker” fame), with assistance from former Boston Ballet dancer Gianni Di Marco. This program, called “Souvenir,” will include Williams’s “Ephemera” (to music by Debussy), Gerald Arpino’s “Birthday Variations” (to music by Verdi), new works by Williams (to Duke Ellington) and Di Marco (to George Gershwin), and choreography by Isidora Duncan. Oct. 26-28. $35.50–$50.50. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.cityballetofboston.org
SANKOFA DANZAFRO “Sankofa” means “to return to the root”; in the case of Colombian company Sankofa Danzafro, that means returning to the dancers’ African roots. The troupe was founded by Rafael Palacios in 1997; for this Celebrity Series of Boston engagement, the company will be performing “The City of Others,” which will incorporate live singing and drumming into its examination of “wealth, gender, sexual orientation, and lack of opportunity affecting minority communities in Colombia.” Nov. 3-4. $50. New England Conservatory’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Abby Zbikowski received a 2017 Bessie Award for her unique “movement vocabulary” — one that includes hip-hop, tap, West African, postmodern, and punk. In “abandoned playground,” the evening-length work she’s bringing to the ICA, her nine dancers, in gym clothes, get intensely physical, pushing one another to extremes even as they establish a sense of community. Nov. 9-10. $15-$25. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston
DANCE HEGINBOTHAM John Heginbotham danced with Mark Morris Dance Group for 14 years. Dance Heginbotham, which he founded in 2011, shows off his Morris heritage, but his choreography has also been celebrated for its “tight formal structure” and “oddball sense of humor.” The company appeared at Jacob’s Pillow in 2012, 2014, and 2017; this Celebrity Series of Boston engagement marks its Boston debut. The performances will be accompanied by live music from composer/pianist Ethan Iverson, the Verona Quartet, guitarist Jerome Mouffe, and flamenco artist Yosi Karahashi. Nov. 10-11. $50. New England Conservatory’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
JENNIFER NUGENT AND PAUL MATTHESON Bessie Award winners and former members of David Dorfman Dance and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Nugent and Matteson have been collaborating since 1999; Nugent says they’re “almost twins when it comes to dancing.” The duet they’ll perform, “another piece apart,” is a Boston premiere that “reflects on a history of fractured togetherness and blurred boundaries.” Nov. 17-18. $13-$26. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org
An earlier version misspelled Sam Kurkjian’s last name.
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An earlier version misspelled Sam Kurkjian’s last name.