Nichole Canuso's The Garden
Choreographer Sean Dorsey
Sean Dorsey | Fusing dance-theater and true stories of the LGBT community from the 1920s onward, Dorsey — a one-to-watch San Francisco-based choreographer — offers an artful ode to the love that dare not speak its name. Oct. 11-12, Painted Bride, paintedbride.org.
Pennsylvania Ballet | PAB launches its 50th anniversary season with George Balanchine’s multi-faceted ballet Jewels, featuring bedazzled costumes and evocative music by Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Oct. 17-27, Academy of Music, paballet.org.
Tango Fire | It takes 10 virtuoso dancers (including five world champions) plus several singers and musicians to tango in Flames of Desire, a beguiling show of the dance of seduction. Oct. 20, Merriam Theater, kimmelcenter.org.
Paul Taylor | This grand master of dance showcases four Philadelphia premieres, including Fibers, a rarely seen ’60s classic, and Gossamer Gallants, a satiric reflection on the battle of the sexes, between insects. Oct. 24-26, Annenberg Center, annenbergcenter.org.
Charles O. Anderson | Anderson’s Dance Theatre X presents Restless Natives, a bluesy choreopoem about the many colors and clashes of love. With poetry by powerhouse spoken-worder Ursula Rucker. Oct. 25-26, Conwell Dance Theater, philadelphiadance.org.
Nichole Canuso | If you seek a singular sensation, check out Canuso’s The Garden, where you go through a maze-like installation wearing headphones, while lighting, sound and the actions of dancers respond to your personal pace and gesture. (As you read this, The Garden is previewing as part of Fringe. It returns in November “at full capacity.”) Nov. 1-17, Power Plant Basement, nicholecanusodance.org.
Dance Africa Philadelphia | The longest running national festival of African dance and culture partners with the City of Brotherly Love for a three-day extravaganza of movement, music, film, workshops and art. Nov. 7-9, various locations, cecarts.org.
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers | KYLD’s wide-ranging retrospective draws from 20-plus years of unique, East-meets-West works, including pieces never seen in Philly. Nov. 7-9, Painted Bride, paintedbride.org.
<fidget> | Small but mighty <fidget> stages Sonorous Continuum: Movement and Sound, new experimental expressions by its co-directors Peter Price (music) and Megan Bridge (dance), with guest artists joining in. Nov. 8, the fidget space, thefidget.org.
Miller Rothlein | In MIRO’s Forbidden Creature Virgin Whore, iconic female mythologies of classical dance are shaken, stirred and irreverently updated. Nov. 14-17, Crane Arts Old School, millerrothlein.org.
Mascher Microfestival | Independent chorographers are front and center when Mascher presents pieces from the fertile minds of artists-in-residence Christina Gesualdi, Gregory Holt and Marcel W. Foster. Nov. 15-17, Mascher Space Cooperative, mascherdance.org.
BalletX | BalletX continues to bring us fresh fruits from rising choreographers of contemporary ballet. This roster features premieres by Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb and BX co-director Matthew Neenan. Nov. 20-24, Wilma Theater, balletx.org.
Brian Sanders’ JUNK | Our city’s most inventive dance troupe goes family-friendly with Snowball, where ingenious props and offbeat choreography make for fun, fabulous winter tales. Dec. 4-15, Annenberg Center, annenbergcenter.org.
BodyVox | Grand illusions abound in The Cutting Room, a witty multimedia homage to moviemaking that’s a playful pastiche of cinematic tropes, by a dance company that turns tomfoolery into an artform. Dec. 12-14, Annenberg Center, annenbergcenter.org.
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