Leaps and Bounds

Step up your fall schedule with these essential dance performances

Luminarium Dance Company. Photo: Ryan Carollo

Two years in the making, Luminarium Dance Company’s Hiveland combines contemporary technique and dance theater to create a dream-like narrative touching on themes of isolation, camaraderie and balance of power. The evening-length piece—set to an electronic score by Christos Zevos—will feature minimalist set elements and seven dancers when it premieres at Cambridge’s Multicultural Arts Center on Sept. 21-29.

Cardell Dance Theater. Photo: Bill Hebert

Performed by Cardell Dance Theater, Supper, People on the Move explores the theme of migration when it stops at the Dance Complex on Sept. 28-30. Inspired by choreographer Silvana Cardell’s own journey from Argentina to America, the piece shows dancers navigating intricate barriers representative of the physical and emotional struggles that immigrants face during transitions. The night is in three parts—entrance, performance and supper—the final phase consisting of a meal shared by dancers and audience members.

Taja Lindley. Photo: Kali Ma Nazarene

Brooklyn-based performance artist Taja Lindley combines movement, text, sound and burlesque to represent forgotten black lives in The Bag Lady Manifesta, arriving at Oberon on Nov. 15. Audience members will be invited to participate in a performance ritual, grappling with remembering and letting go, as Lindley wears black trash bags to symbolize the dark corners of herself, the audience and the country.

Urbanity Dance. Photo: Celso Enrique

Urbanity Dance collaborates with contemporary classical ensemble Hub New Music to bring visions of composer Robert Honstein’s childhood home to life in Soul House. Spanning nine movements, the piece translates nostalgic memories of backyard romps, peaceful introspection and swaths of sunlight into movement when it premieres at the Peabody Essex Museum on Dec. 1.

Twyla Tharp. Photo: Jack Mitchell

During Minimalism and Me on Dec. 13-15, the Institute of Contemporary Art delves into 20 early seminal works of Twyla Tharp—a tour de force during the minimalism movement of the ’60s and ’70s. Inspired by New York’s diversity, Tharp’s work explores social equality and community through modern and ballet technique. Excerpts of pieces such as Tank Dive and The One Hundreds will be accompanied by exclusive photographs, films and choreographic plans.

Photo: Chris Anderson / CDA Media

5 galleries that will hold performance installations during the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s House of Accumulated Beautiesa guided tour by choreographerinresidence Peter DiMuro inspired by Isabella’s life and legacy, culminating in a “chorus of Isabellas,” featuring professional dancers and community members in the courtyard.




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