» NEW YORK CITY BALLET MOVES
When America’s premier ballet company comes to town, it’s always big news. But this year New York City Ballet isn’t bringing the full company or sweeping in on swan wings. Instead, we’ll see a spare selection of dancers from the company performing intimate works. What does this recession-era tour mean for tutu lovers? Good things, actually: More dancers from NYCB’s deep roster will get the chance to hone their artistry and explore the tantalizing possibilities of contemporary ballet—with live music. Look for star turns, exquisite technique, and inspired, boundary-stretching choreography.
Oct. 23–24 Northrop Dance Series, Orpheum Theatre 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 800-982-2787
» MIGUEL GUTIERREZ AND THE POWERFUL PEOPLE
Known for charming, smart, and moving contemporary dance, New York choreographer extraordinaire Miguel Gutierrez is “on the shortlist of people whose work I want to see everything of,” says local dance genius Kristin Van Loon. Since Van Loon should be on your shortlist, you’ll definitely want to see this show.
Sept. 19–22 Walker Art Center 612-375-7600
» DEBORAH HAY
When the Walker announced this fall’s Deborah Hay celebration, a collective “Ooh!” went up from local dancers, and for good reason. Among other 1960s explorers, Hay forever changed American dance, charging her work with experimental rigor and soul-searching depth.
Dec. 5, 7, and 8 Walker Art Center 612-375-7600,
» VOICES OF STRENGTH
Everyone loves traditional African dance, but, as local dancer-choreographer Kenna-Camara Cottman points out, “It’s 2012”—well past time to witness the passionate work coming from contemporary Africa. Enter Voices of Strength, the Walker’s festival devoted to modern African women choreographers.
Oct. 10–13 Walker Art Center 612-375-7600
» ALARMEL VALLI
If you love local bharatanatyam powerhouse Ragamala Dance, you owe it to yourself to see Alarmél Valli, the world-famous Indian dancer responsible for Ragamala’s fast, crystal-clear style.
Oct. 19 movie featuring Valli, Oct. 20 performance. The Cowles Center,528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-206-3636
Ballet watchers have kept a close eye on Penelope Freeh for her taut technique and thorny yet soulful choreography. Now the longtime James Sewell standout steps out with Slippery Fish, an evening of live music and brave new dance.
Sept. 28–30. The Southern Theater 1420 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-340-0155
» ANANYA DANCE THEATRE
Oil: It saturates the news and drives the world. With Moreechika, Ananya Chatterjea keeps proving that dance can address the big issues and still remain vivid and vital. You’ll be breathing in time with her dancers’ fiery footwork and thinking about it as you burn those fossil fuels all the way home.
Sept. 6–9. The Southern Theater1420 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-340-0155
If you need a mid-November pick-me-up (and who doesn’t?), TU Dance’s beautiful flow should sweep away the icicles. Watch the company for silky movers, space-eating daredevils, and time-stopping turners: TU incubates new stars like a nebula.
Nov. 16–18. The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6700
» BODY CARTOGRAPHY
Running with bulls, dancing with wolves, or merely sitting still in your own cells—revisit your animal self with Super Nature, the latest major work from local contemporary brain trust BodyCartography, whose dances always get the body thinking.
Oct. 25–27. Walker Art Center 612-375-7600
» COREOGRAPHERS' EVE: 40TH ANNIVERSARY
The Walker’s annual showcase has it all: jingle dress dance, tableau vivant, fraternity step filtered through a feminist lens, solo flight, ballerinas with bows and arrows, nude lip-synch, opera buffa, and much more.
Nov. 24 Walker Art Center 612-375-7600