Terpsichore's delight

By DEBRA CASH  |  September 14, 2009

RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE | October 16-18 | W.C. Fields may have warned artists not to share the stage with kids or animals, but the artists behind Ronald K. Brown/Evidence have never been known to shirk from a challenge. Two-Year-Old Gentleman features Brown's young nephew, Ame Bender, learning to dance and work and pray alongside two drummers and the company's ensemble of emotionally open and technically precise dancers. Other athletic and spiritual repertory works fill out the engagement. | Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston | $40 | 617.876.4275 or www.worldmusic.org

STREB EXTREME ACTION | October 22, 25 | When the ICA opened the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theatre a few years back, a terrifyingly beautiful highlight was the sight of the performers of Streb Extreme Action climbing, running, and pitching themselves off what looked like a giant hamster wheel in front of a view of the dark Harbor just beyond the theater's windowed back wall. Elizabeth Streb, the self-described philosopher of "action mechanics," returns with "Brave," a program performed on a constantly rotating floor that incorporates collaborations with composer David Van Tieghem, artists from the MIT Media Lab, and a pair of fifth-generation aerialists from a Mexican circus family — brothers Noe and Ivan España — on the trapeze. | Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston | $40-35 | 617.478.3100 or www.icaboston.org

BOSTON BALLET INGISELLE | October 1-11 | Boston Ballet reprises Maina Gielgud's production of Giselle at the company's new, year-round Opera House home. In the title role of the peasant girl driven mad by her lover's betrayal, Lorna Feijóo and Erica Cornejo will be joined by new principals Misa Kuranaga and Kathleen Breen Combes, and Breen Combes will also be dancing Myrtha, queen of the Wilis, a role she previously performed as a study in hair-raising pitilessness. | Opera House, 539 Washington St, Boston | $25-$130 | 617.695.6955 or www.bostonballet.org

JUDDERTONE | November 13-14 | After inviting local audiences to take in a series of free, process-oriented previews at Green Street Studios in Central Square over the late summer and early fall, Juddertone makes its formal debut at the BU Dance Theatre. The Boston-based project (curated and produced by composers Jane Wang and Juliet Case and choreographer Ellen Godena) chooses artists from a pool of local and visiting applicants "blind-matched" to work across disciplines during a six-month incubation period. The clips on YouTube seem heavy on open-ended conceptualization and structured improvisation, so anything can happen and probably will. | BU Dance Theatre, 915 Comm Ave, Boston | $15-$20 | 617.358.2500 or www.juddertone.com.

TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT | November 20-22 | Known as a choreographer who punches up classical ballet technique to a glossy theatricality and most familiar for his works for Houston Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Trey McIntyre is bringing his own troupe with works that include ("serious"), a trio based on a dream McIntyre once had about screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Dream on. | Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston | $40 | 617.876.4275 or www.worldmusic.org

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