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By DEBRA CASH  |  September 12, 2007

Gender outlaws can take in “THE FEMME SHOW,” an evening of dance, theater, drag, and film about queer identity, at Central Congregational Church in Jamaica Plain (October 11-12; 617.983.0762). More conventional — but no less steamy — pairings are on the boards when TANGO BUENOS AIRES stops at New Bedford’s Zeiterion Theatre (October 13; 508.994.2900). Later in the month, the Zeiterion hosts the first US tour of the ICELAND DANCE COMPANY (October 27; 508.994.2900).

The dancemakers who enjoyed the benefits of a space grant from Green Street Studios this past summer — Rhode Islander NATHAN ANDARY, locals RUTH BRONWEN and KAREN KROLAK, and Montreal’s HANNAH NAIMAN — show the work they created under the mentorship of Tommy Neblett (October 12-13; 617.864.3191). Musically minded REBECCA RICE DANCE comes to Green Street with repertory works and the premiere of the new En Closures, to the music of Andrew List, plus a work set to an experimental score by Earle Brown (October 19-21; 617.864.3191).

Around the corner at the Dance Complex, there’s KELLEY DONOVAN & DANCERS in “Inside of the Ending,” a program that explores “transformation, acceptance, and surrender” (October 19-21; 617.547.9363), and, later in November, a faculty concert that includes an appearance by the a cappella chorus the Varonistas and new choreography by ANNA MYER and DERRICK DAVIS (November 17-18; 617.547.9363). PROMETHEUS DANCE’s fundraising gala and duet concert at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center features edible and visual treats (October 27; 617-576-5336).

Lively and highly polished versions of regional Mexican folk dances will be presented at the Orpheum Theatre courtesy of CRASHarts when BALLET FOLKLÓRICO DE MÉXICO arrives with 48 dancers, musicians, and singers (October 20; 617.876.4275). SEÁN CURRAN COMPANY returns to the choreographer’s home town and the Tsai Performance Center for the world premiere of Social Discourse, with a special family-friendly program for the Sunday matinee (October 26-28; 617.482.6661). Inspired by the late Gregory Hines to create an all-women’s tap group, BARBARA DUFFY AND COMPANY will strut their rhythmic stuff at Arlington’s Regent Theatre (October 27; 781.646.4849).

Coolidge Corner Theatre executive director Joe Zina expands his long-term commitment to dance with a “DANCE ON CAMERA” series at the Bernard Toale Gallery in the South End on three Tuesday nights in October (9, 16, 23) — one of which I will be curating — plus an as-yet unscheduled “Dance on Camera” night that will introduce the Brookline landmark’s newest enhancement, the Coolidge performance and media laboratory and recording studio that is expected to open in 2008 (617.734.2501).

Butoh-inspired dancer MAUREEN FLEMING brings her slo-mo elegance to the Institute of Contemporary Art along with her multimedia Waters of Immortality & other works (November 2-3; 617.876.4275). Uruguayan-born and NYC-based choreographer LUCIANA ACHUGAR makes her Boston debut by taking on J.D. Salinger with Franny and Zooey at Green Street Studios (November 2-3; 617.864.3191). BELLY DANCE SUPERSTARS aspire to be a Middle Eastern Riverdance, at the Zeiterion Theatre (November 2; 508.994.2900) and then at the Regent (November 3; 781-646-4TIX).

JODY WEBER celebrates dancer Ann Fonte-Abbot’s 50th birthday in her mixed-rep program at Green Street Studios (November 8-10; 617.864.3191). The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem brings in Hopi hoop dancing by NAKOTAH LARANCE and a half-hour documentary about the talented teenager and his family (November 10-11; 978.745.9500). ANITA RATNAM presents an afternoon of contemporary Indian dance reflecting the androgyny of Indian sacred texts at Babson College in Wellesley (November 11; 978.392. 4677).

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