Fall arts preview: Dance

What kind of salsa do you like? The spicy kind? Yeah, Kings of Salsa has that.

Gallim Dance
Oct. 21 and 22
The ICA
100 Northern Ave., Boston
$40, 617-876-4275
www.worldmusic.org
This New York-based dance troupe was founded in 2006 by Andrea Miller. They’ll be performing an energetic and physically demanding piece called “Blush” with a soundtrack ranging from electro-punk to classical. It investi- gates, in the words of the promoters, “the desire of the heart and body to feel strongly.” Critic Debra Cash gives a pre-performance talk both nights.

Night of Stars
Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Boston Opera House
539 Washington St., Boston
$35-$134, 617-695-6955
www.bostonballet.org
This one-night performance, now in its sixth year, is kind of like getting to see the Boston Ballet on shuffle-play. The whole company, even the second string, will perform selections from a repertoire that ranges from classical to contemporary. If your only experience of ballet has been “the Nutcracker,” this evening would make a good crash course.

‘Broken Shadows’
Sept. 30 through Oct. 30
The Sanctuary Theatre
400 Harvard St., Cam-bridge
$38, 617-354-7467
www.ballet-theatre.org
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre presents an evening of original Mateo ballets set to Russian composers that purport to explore the darker side of life. First up is “Isle of the Dead,” a piece from 1993 that uses the appropriately dramatic Rachmaninov, and next is the world premiere of “Circles,” a piece from last year that uses Schnittke.

Kings of Salsa
Oct. 13-15
Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont St., Boston
$40-$65, 617-876-4275
www.worldmusic.org
It may still be tough to get cigars from Cuba, but dance imports are a bit easier to come by. Case in point: This show from Cuban choreographer Roclan Gonzalez Chavez and his team of hot young dancers, backed by a spicy nine-piece band, performing the best in contemporary salsa straight from Havana. No indeed, you can’t put an embargo this kind of energy.

Azure Barton and Artists
Nov. 4 and 5
Tsai Performance Center
685 Comm. Ave., Boston
$45-$55, 617-482-6661
www.celebrityseries.org
This Canadian choreographer’s company will perform two pieces. The first, called “Busk,” starts off, as its title suggests, with a guy putting down a hat for spare change. The second is called “Blue Soup.” The control her dancers have is striking; they are puppet-eers of their own bodies, manipulating themselves in un- expected ways that resonate with psychological power.

‘Turning Point’
Nov. 4 and 5
Boston University Dance Theater
915 Comm. Ave., Boston
$20-$22, 617-358-2500
www.bosoma.org
The Boston Somatic Dance Company performs part of David Dorfman’s “The Funk Prophecy,” works by Ricardo Foster and Sandra Parks, and two pieces by in-house choreographers: Katherine Hooper’s “Speaking in Code” and Irada Djelassi’s “Chapters.” The show finishes off with “Marionette,” a collaboration between BoSoma and Unyted Stylz.

‘Fast Forward’

Nov. 3-6
The Boston Conservatory Theatre
31 Hemenway St., Boston
$10-$25, 617-912-9222
www.bostonconservatory.edu
This show features five works that together serve as wide-berthed survey of modern dance: Trey McIntyre’s “Blue Until June Suite,” Boston Conservatory choreographer Tommy Neblett’s “La Giornata Omicida,” excerpts from Ohad Naharin’s “Three,” Paul Taylor’s “Cloven Kingdom” and a brand-new, yet-unnamed work by Danielle Agami premiering in this concert.

‘Romeo + Juliet’
Nov. 3-13
Boston Opera House
539 Washington St., Boston
$25-$99, 617-695-6955
www.bostonballet.org
This version of Shakespeare’s classic, tragic tale was choreo-graphed by John Cranko to Prokofiev’s score, widely considered the best; his menacing “Montagues and Capulets” theme remains one of the most recognizable tunes in Russian classical music. The Boston Ballet has performed it before to excellent reviews; this time should be no different.



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