What to look for at five must-see performances that will keep you on your toes this spring.
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The Boston Ballet performs John Cranko’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet from March 15 to April 8, bringing sword fights and passionate pas de deuxs to the Boston Opera House stage. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s score, Shakespeare’s tale features new set pieces and costumes, including more than 189 outfits purchased from the Joffrey Ballet and refurbished by the company’s costume shop.
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Kelley Donovan & Dancers seek to emulate the emotions of those experiencing transition in their three contemporary works presented in Transitional State, coming to the Dance Complex on March 16-17. The show includes guest artist teXtmoVes’ performance of Don’t Break the Circle, a piece set to a spoken-word poem about Russian soldier Yevgenia Lazerevna in which the heroine reminds other female camp prisoners to stay united when captured by the Nazis in World War II.
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ANIKAYA Dance Theater created Conference of the Birds from movement workshops and narratives collected from local Muslim, immigrant and refugee communities. Showing at the BCA’s Calderwood Pavilion on April 5-8, the world premiere includes 29-year-old Warsan Shire’s poem Home and a World War II-era text from Edith Wharton to give the audience a sense of immigrants’ reality both past and present.
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The final concert of Jose Mateo’s 32-year-tenure as director will feature the most-requested ballet from his repertoire of 80-plus works. Set to Franz Schubert’s Quintet in C, Mateo’s Schubert Adagio culminates in an intimate pas de deux, where the two dancers’ bodies interact to form sculptural shapes. The piece will be accompanied by 1993 work House of Ballet and a world premiere when it’s performed as part of Moving Violations at Cambridge’s Sanctuary Theatre on April 6-29.
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For a Celebrity Series appearance, acclaimed British choreographer Wayne McGregor presents Atomos, his tech-forward collaboration with London’s Studio XO, at the Boch Shubert Theatre on May 4-5. The dancers will don an electronic skin that maps their biometrics and creates a visualization of their inner feelings.
50 Years that have passed since Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater first performed in Boston on Jan. 27, 1968, at John Hancock Hall, commissioned then—and now—by the Celebrity Series. Highlights of the company’s 2018 run include Ailey’s 1960 masterpiece Revelations along with three new company pieces making their Boston premiere at the Boch Wang Theater on March 22-25.
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