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By DEBRA CASH  |  September 12, 2007

The pre-professional BOSTON CONSERVATORY students try their hand at the improv-inspired work of OLIVIER BESSON plus new works by GIANNI DI MARCO and TOMMY NEBLETT at the Boston Conservatory Theater on Hemenway Street (November 15-18; 617.912.9222). World Music brings the spectacular Chinese martial-arts SHAOLIN WARRIORS to the Orpheum Theatre (November 17; 617.876.4275).

The ICA has partnered with tastemaker Alissa Cardone of Kinodance and Critical Moves Contemporary Dance to bring Faker, an exploration of authenticity in the age of celebrity choreographed by MORGAN THORSON, to the museum (November 29-30; 617.478.3103). Cardone has mentored a group of emerging choreographers at Green Street whose work will be presented during the month of November (617.864.3191; schedule TBA).

The PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY breezes into the Shubert Theatre with a program selected from more than 50 years of glorious and wry craftsmanship (November 30–December 2; 617.482.6661). Just under the wire for our purposes there are three significant non-Nutcracker programs in early December. Springstep’s “Ragas, Rhythms, & Grooves” is a fusion program of classical Indian dance and modern forms by dancer GRETCHEN HAYDEN at the Springstep facility, 98 George P. Hassett Drive in Medford (December 1; 781.395.0402). The HARVARD CONTEMPORARY DANCE ENSEMBLE includes a rare guest appearance by Radcliffe Institute fellow CHRISTINE DAKIN, former principal dancer/artistic director laureate of the Martha Graham Dance Company, at the Harvard Dance Center (December 7-8; 617.495.8683). And BRIDGMAN/PACKER DANCE moves up from the intimate space of Green Street Studios to the glam environs of the ICA on the waterfront to present “Trilogy,” where bodies dissolve into video and back again. Comprising Under the Skin and the Boston premieres of Memory Bank and Seductive Reasoning, “Trilogy” is accompanied live by saxophonist Ken Field and inimitable frame-drum master Glen Velez (December 7-8; 617.876.4275).

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