Ten Spring dance performances

By DEBRA CASH  |  February 28, 2013

CAITLIN CORBETT | Challenging conventional notions of beauty, Caitlin Corbett brings together some of Boston dance's best freelancers in a program of four premieres: an Elvis Presley–inspired love duet, a pair of compare-and-contrast trios, and a big ensemble piece (created during a Boston Center for the Arts residency) set to music of experimental Icelandic rock band múm. | March 22-23 | Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Comm Ave, Boston | $12-$25 | 617.353.8725 or  caitlincorbettdance.org

SPELLBOUND DANCE COMPANY | Italian choreographer Mauro Astolfi matches existential concerns with extravagantly contorted contemporary-ballet technique. In Lost for Words, his Spellbound Dance Company's nine superb dancers attempt to transcend language, embarking on a "compulsive journey in search of the other." Downshifting returns to classical themes and archetypes as Astolfi seeks "a complex line of work, persistence and tenacity." | April 5-6 | Citi Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont St, Boston | $60-$75 | 617.482.6661 or  celebrityseries.org

KATE WEARE COMPANY | In its Boston debut, Kate Weare Company's splendid feminist battle of the sexes, Drop Down, highlights the choreographer's emotionally incisive, beautifully crafted repertory. The program also includes Garden, an ambiguous morality tale that takes place under Kurt Perschke's upside-down tree, and Weare's poignant 2006 The Light Has Not the Arms To Carry Us.April 19-20 | Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston | $40 | 617.876.4275 or  worldmusic.org

PROMETHEUS DANCE | Celebrating its 25th anniversary season, Boston's PROMETHEUS DANCE presents the premiere of Heart of the Matter, a dramatic work that teases apart the influence of the group on the development of individual identity, by artistic directors Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett. | May 17-18 | Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St, Boston | $35 | 617.876.4275 or  worldmusic.org

CHITRESH DAS DANCE COMPANY | Boston audiences have relished the thrilling duo of Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das trading beats with American tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith in India Jazz Suites, but in his San Francisco home, Chitresh Das is best known for CHITRESH DAS DANCE COMPANY's multimedia, all-female Kathak stagings of dramatic episodes from the Hindu epic the Ramayana. In Sita Haran ("The Abduction of Sita"), greed, lust, and love are transformed through the intervention of the gods. | May 11 | Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College, Wellesley | $28-$65 |  chhandika.org


ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATRE |This year's annual visit from ALVIN Ailey American Dance Theatre bids an admiring farewell to Renee Robinson, who has been dancing with the company for 31 years, longer than any other woman in AAADT's history. This year's annual engagement includes classics the late Alvin Ailey choreographed between 1971 and '88, works by energetic current artistic director Robert Battle, and contributions by contemporary masters including Ohad Naharin, Ronald K. Brown, and the fast-rising Kyle Abraham. | May 16-19 | Citi Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St, Boston | $30-$90 | 617.482.6661 or  celebrityseries.org

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