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By DEBRA CASH  |  September 11, 2008

IN ON BLUE Jorma Elo’s 2008 work will be part of Boston Ballet’s October 10 gala.

CAITLIN CORBETT DANCE COMPANY considers the contemporary American crisis and the virtues of simplicity through the prism of Tom Sawyer, with a cast of five professional and 30 non-professional men, women, and children, in Tom’s Wealth: A Dance for the Masses. It premieres at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University (September 19-20; 617.353.8725 On Martha’s Vineyard, recipients of the YARD’s prestigious choreographers’ residencies — HOWARD KATZ, BELINDA MCGUIRE, ANDREA MILLER, and SARAH WILBUR — present work that includes multi-generational community engagement (September 19-21; 508.645.9662). AL KINDÎ & THE WHIRLING DERVISHES OF DAMASCUS, with the great liturgical singer Sheikh Hamza Shakkûr, bring the devotions of Sufism to Sanders Theatre (September 20; 617.876.4275

Down on the Cape, DANCELOOP CHICAGO comes to the Crown and Anchor under the auspices of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival with the premiere of Lorita!, a dance adaptation of Williams’s short story “Happy August Tenth” (September 27; 866.789.TENN). Dancer NETA PULVERMACHER considers how To Fold a Big Bang and explores the nature of physical collisions in a series of performances and residence activities at MIT’s Kresge Little Theater (September 12-27; 617.253.2877). “SARA HOOK’S SALAD DAYS” satirizes society’s obsession with youth and celebrity with a Weimar-influenced new-vaudeville program that features members of DAVID PARKER AND THE BANG GROUP at the Harvard Dance Center (September 27; 617.495.8683).

Tony Williams’s BALLETROX is forming a new, chamber-sized multicultural professional dance company that will be featured at the free inauguration of the Rose Kennedy Greenway October 4 (617.524.3066 “TWIST AND SHOUT,” an evening of dance, music, and spoken word at Roxbury Community College featuring Nia Dance Troupe, Girlz of Imani, and Aleye, benefits the lively and esteem-building youth programs at the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center (October 4; 617.541.1875).

The GREEN STREET FALL FUNDRAISER featuring dancer Clarence Brooks has a preview October 3 and a full performance with goodies on October 4 at Green Street’s dance studios in Central Square (617.864.3191). Guest artists from BOSTON BALLET II perform a new work by Francisco Martinez on a program shared by DAWN KRAMER with video artist Stephen Buck, MICHAEL JAHODA, SUN HO KIM, MARGOT PARSONS, DEANNA PELLECCHIA with musician Ed Broms, and MICKI TAYLOR-PINNEY in collaboration with LYNN MODELL and ANN BROWN ALLEN at Boston University Dance Theatre (October 3-4; 617.358.2500). JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE’s 22nd season opens with a new work set to John Adams’s Fearful Symmetries at the Sanctuary Theatre in Harvard Square (October 10-26; 617.354.7467

The third annual BOSTON BALLET GALA at the Wang Theatre will feature New York City Ballet principals Maria Kowroski and Albert Evans in Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy plus a world premiere by Viktor Plotnikov (October 10; 866.348.9738 The following week, the company reprises James Kudelka’s glam Art Deco CINDERELLA, with its deliciously nearsighted wicked stepsister (October 16-26). GREEN CHAIR DANCE GROUP from Philadelphia returns to the Dance Complex in Cambridge with Dances for the Naked Eye (October 24-26; 617.547.9363)

Officially designated as the fastest tap dancer in the world, JAMES DEVINE brings a crack group of Irish musicians to accompany “CELTIC TAP,” which is presented by World Music/CRASHarts at the Institute of Contemporary Art (October 17-19; 617.876.4275 DAVID PARKER AND THE BANG GROUP return in the naughty and nice Nut/Cracked at the Calderwood Pavilion as part of the Theater Offensive’s Out on the Edge Festival (October 22-26; 617.621.6090 Caitlin Corbett and Danny McCusker mentor a group of young choreographers presenting their work in Cambridge at the GREEN STREET EMERGING ARTISTS CONCERT (October 17-18; 617.864.3191).

The weekend of October 24 is especially busy. Just in time for the presidential election, the BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY muses on the legacy of Abraham Lincoln in Another Evening: Serenade/The Proposition at the ICA (October 24-26; 617.478.3103 BU artist-in-residence TIFFANY MILLS and members of her company and Boston University’s Dance Theatre Group give a free performance at Boston University Dance Theater (October 24; 617.353.1597). U THEATRE TAIWAN, which draws on drumming, the spiritual practices associated with traditional martial arts, and Grotowski theater, presents Sound of the Ocean at John Hancock Hall (October 25; 781.259.8195). Local dancemaker KAREN MURPHY-FITCH’s Falling Flight Project is at Green Street Studios (October 25-26; 617.864.3191).

BEBE NEUWIRTH, the Fosse star perhaps best known for her long-running stint as Dr. Lilith Sternin on Cheers, coaches Harvard students in a scene from Pippin in a lecture demonstration at New College Theatre (October 29; 617.495.8676). She teaches a master class the following afternoon that the public is invited to observe.

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