Bodies Moving: Boston’s 10 best fall dance events

A season of terpsichorean delights
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 14, 2011

FINALLY! Choreographer Aszure Barton’s company makes its Boston debut at the Tsai Performance Center, including her piece Blue Soup.

Kayaking the Arctic, celebrating life across atolls, and finding the ways the artist's hand and dancer's body intersect, this season of dance offers audiences a varied journey.

BU DANCES | September 30–October 1 | Faculty, alumni, and friends provide a contemporary medley with dances by Yo-el Cassell, Lorraine Chapman, Dawn Kramer, Margot Parsons, and the latest installment in DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz's series of duets. Locals with long memories will cheer the reappearance of Carlo Rizzo, brought out of retirement by Lynn Modell to dance a Mangled Tango with Ann Brown Allen and Micki Taylor-Pinney. | Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Comm Ave, Boston | $10-$15 | 617.353.1597 or

A SEASON IN INDIA | A rich convergence of dance from the subcontinent is highlighted by a free program by third generation Bharatanatyam soloist MALINI SRINIVASAN October 1 at Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley College ( or 781.283.2028). BHAKTI is a program of dance devoted to the worship of the goddess featuring glamorous COLLENA SHAKTI, an American dancer based in Rajasthan who mixes classical Odissi dance with vernacular Kalbelia Rajasthani gypsy and tribal bellydance. That's at the Dance Complex on October 14 (536 Mass Ave, Cambridge; $15-$25; NAVARASA DANCE THEATRE (October 29 at Brandeis) builds on classical Indian dance forms, singing, and acrobatics to share a parable of political violence against women (Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis, Waltham; $20; 781.736.3400 or

MARGIE GILLIS | October 8 | The great Montreal dancer, recently granted an award for lifetime artistic achievement from the Canadian Governor General (the equivalent of a Kennedy Center honor), kept her poise recently when attacked by a shrill television pundit. That interview, and Gillis's defense of the value of the arts to society, went viral. After an afternoon master class, the legendary performer offers a rare informal showing of her solo work. Reservations strongly recommended. | Green Street Studios, 184 Green St, Cambridge | $20-25 | 617.864-3191 or

WEBER DANCE AND JON TRUK IN SYNCHRONICITY & THE SACRED SPACE | October 13-15 | Storyteller Jon Truk has kayaked the Arctic, Cape Horn, and the Solomon Islands. He joins forces with dancemaker/dance historian Jody Weber and the dancers of Boston-based Weber Dance to explore issues of cultural loss and resilience. | Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St, Cambridge | $25-$30 | 617.577.1400 or

GALLIM DANCE IN BLUSH| October 21-22 | Andrea Miller's severe battlefield of a dance depicts a face-off between the sexes to a musical score that ranges from punk to Chopin. Miller comes from Utah and builds her work from "gaga," the movement language of Ohad Naharin, which she mastered while dancing with the Batsheva Company in Israel. A Boston debut. | Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston | $40 | 617.876.4275 or

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