FRANCHISE: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater takes on Twyla Tharp at the Wang April 26-29.
Traveling troupes and local dancemakers spring up around the Boston area this season. The poetic circus artists of CIRQUE ÉLOIZE sing in the rain with water cascading onto the stage of the Cutler Majestic Theatre (March 13-18; 800.233.3123). In a free performance at the BU Dance Theatre, LISA BUFANO, who is a double amputee, performs Five Open Mouths by former Bill T. Jones dancer HEIDI LATSKY and Latsky performs her own solo Woman at an Exhibition (March 16; 617.353.2748). NICOLE PIERCE presents “Empirical Laws,” a walk-through performance-art installation, at Mass College of Art (March 16-17; reservations required; 617.628.3175). MOBIUS ARTISTS GROUP rethinks John Cage’s multichannel Variations II for the 21st century at the New Art Center in Newtonville (March 24: 617.964.3424). At the ICA, CRASHarts presents LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL in works by hot choreographer Aszure Barton as well as Rodrigo Pederneiras’s Mapa, which is based on Brazilian street dance (March 30-April 1; 617.876.4275). Vitality has no expiration date: EIFMAN BALLET does its adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull at the Cutler Majestic Theatre (March 28–April 1; 617.233.3123), and PROMETHEUS DANCE ELDERS ENSEMBLE presents a work inspired by the film Le roi du cœur|King of Hearts at the Dance Complex in Cambridge (March 31–April 1; 617.576.5336).
The dance calendar is at its most crowded in mid April, with BEBE MILLER COMPANY bringing Landing/Place, her sophisticated meditation on a home created of movement and digital environments, to the ICA (April 13-15; 617.876.4275). CRASHarts’ annual showcase of Greater Boston choreographers, “TEN’S THE LIMIT,” is curated this time around by choreographer Robert Battle, and 10 minutes, as always, will be the limit at the ICA (April 20–21; 617.876.4275).
The schedule for the Boston Cyberarts conference “IDEAS IN MOTION: THE BODY’S LIMIT” includes live performances, film, lectures and conversation (April 21-22; conference details at www.bostoncyberarts.org). Associated cyber-performances include CATHY WEIS’s “Electric Haiku: Calm As Custard” at the ICA (April 2; 617.478.3103), XAVIER LEROY at Green Street Studios and MIT (April 22-23; 617.524.8495), and Boston’s KINODANCE doing the world premiere of Denizen, an intermedia collaboration inspired by travels through Armenia, in a Celebrity Series presentation at BU’s Tsai Center (May 2-3; 617.482.6661).
Twyla Tharp has been licensing her works at a remarkable rate, and the Celebrity Series brings in ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER to take on Tharp’s ecstatic The Golden Section at the Wang Theatre (April 26-29; 617.482.6661). CAITLIN CORBETT DANCE COMPANY is at the BU Dance Theatre with three premieres including an ensemble work set to the sounds of stamping, whistling Ghanaian postal workers (April 27-29; 617.358.2500).
CHITA RIVERA shares her Broadway memories at the Colonial Theatre (May 1-13; 617.426.9366). ANNA MYER AND DANCERS’ neon-lit Penumbra gets its premiere at the ICA (May 3-5; 617.876.4275). And the highest-profile premiere of the spring season, a new work by MARK MORRIS for his company, is set to Studies for Disklavier by composer and music critic Kyle Gann and will debut at the ICA (May 15-17; 617.478.3103).
At the Wang Theatre, BOSTON BALLET offers back-to-back classics, albeit from two different centuries, with George Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina, La Valse, and The Four Temperaments (May 3-6) and then Giselle (May 10-20; 800.447.7400). PROMETHEUS DANCE, uh, unveils its new work inspired by Reading Lolita in Tehran at the Boston Conservatory Theatre (May 2-25; 617.912.9222). Finally, don’t forget that May 2007 is the 15th year of Dance Month in Cambridge: you’ll find a complete listing of “dance distractions” and showings at www.dancecomplex.org.