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Winter Arts Guide: Dance picks

Boston Ballet will perform William Forsythe’s “Pas/Parts 2018” during its “Full On Forsythe” program.ROSALIE OCONNOR

NACHMO! BOSTON This seventh annual celebration of new dance created during January’s National Choreography Month is spread over two evenings. Each spans a wide range of dance styles, with the aim of forging artistic connections among local choreographers. Feb. 8-9. $10-$15. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY Over three nights, and a repeat midday performance, the celebrated company presents “Analogy Trilogy.” The three-part work, created by Jones and company associate artistic director Janet Wong, was inspired by W. G. Sebald’s award-winning historical novel “The Emigrants.” Each evening combines text, movement, and music to recount a different personal story of an immigrant’s challenge. Feb. 14-17. $30-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,


FARRUQUITO Heir to Spain’s legendary Farruco dynasty, the flamenco superstar is considered a leading exponent of the traditional Gypsy “puro” style: raw, in the moment, and executed with blazing intensity. For this World Music/CRASHarts presentation, he brings along two guest dancers, three singers, and five instrumentalists. One word: Go! March 2. $40-$79. Berklee Performance Center. 617-456-6295,

ATE9 DANCE COMPANY Led by former Batsheva Dance Company performer Danielle Agami, this Los Angeles-based troupe is considered one of the boldest and most innovative on the West Coast. For its Boston debut, presented by World Music/CRASHarts and the Institute of Contemporary Art, the company brings the new “calling glenn,” an eclectic, intensely physical, Gaga-influenced work for nine dancers with music performed live by Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche. March 8-9. $36-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,

ISRAEL FOLKDANCE FESTIVAL OF BOSTON Uniting diverse streams of Jewish cultural traditions, the festival includes hundreds of dancers, from children to seniors, in a celebration of strength and solidarity. Now in its 43rd year, the festival welcomes ensembles from as far away as Brazil and includes a group finale jointly choreographed with the Israeli Dance Festival DC. March 10, 3 p.m. $5-$20. MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge. 617-658-3655,


MONICA BILL BARNES & COMPANY Two fabulously talented female dancers portray two clueless, overconfident guys at a happy-hour office party. As they go a little too far in the revelry department, the audience is totally in on the action, including access to munchies and libations. Celebrity Series of Boston is hosting Barnes’s clever “Happy Hour” at the Boston innovation space District Hall. Drop by after work. March 12-16, 6 p.m. $35. District Hall. 617-482-6661,

CHINA NATIONAL OPERA & DANCE DRAMA THEATER In its Boston debut, the acclaimed company performs “Princess Zhaojun,” which tells the story of one of China’s most beloved heroines. During the first century B.C., Wang Zhaojun sacrificed her own personal happiness and freedom to help promote peace along northern China’s border, and the company portrays her life with vivid pageantry and eye-catching choreography that enlivens traditional forms with contemporary elements. March 16-17. $70-$200. Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 866-348-9738,

BOSTON BALLET The company showcases its impressive range this winter with two very different back-to-back productions. “Full on Forsythe” (March 7-17) features the world premiere of the groundbreaking choreographer William Forsythe’s “Playlist (EP)” as well as the North American premiere of “Blake Works I.” Next, the company tackles Balanchine’s clever and charming version of the fanciful classic “Coppélia” (March 21-31). $37-$169. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,


BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY Dance pioneer Ohad Naharin (a.k.a. Mr. Gaga) and his renowned Tel Aviv troupe present the choreographer’s new evening-length “Venezuela.” Set to a sound score ranging from Gregorian chant to rap to primal screams, the work has been described as both unsettling and exuberant, cast in two sections in which familiar movement from the first half takes surprising contextual turns in the second half. Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston. April 5-6. $35-$85. Boch Center Shubert Theatre. 866-348-9738,

WHAT REMAINS Boston-born choreographer Will Rawls teams up with MacArthur Fellow poet Claudia Rankine and filmmaker John Lucas in an exploration of ideas of surveillance, erasure, and self-determination among African-Americans. Inspired by Rankine’s reflections on racial violence, the work weaves together movement, text, and projections. April 12-13, $15-$25. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,

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