Voices of Strength/Photo: Eric Boudet

Voices of Strength
Two different programs feature works by five extraordinary African female choreographers rarely seen in the United States. The artists come from across the continent, from South Africa to Mozambique to Morocco.
September 13–15 at the Dance Center of Columbia College

John Jota Leaños, Imperial Silence/Photo: Gordon Huang

John Jota Leanos: Imperial Silence
Darkly funny animation by John Jota Leanos meets a mélange of choreographic styles by Joel Valetin-Martinez to explore taboos surrounding silence, death and dissent.
September 14-16 at the MCA Stage

Kate Corby Dance/Photo: Shomari Montsho

Kate Corby & Dancers: In Whole or In Part
Corby and crew delve into the darkest hours of human history in an evening-length work on brutality, violence and genocide. Includes video design by Orit Ben-Shitrit and community cast members.
September 14-16 at the Drucker Center

Zephyr Dance: Allowances and Occurrences
Durational performance by Zephyr AD Michelle Kranicke invites reflection on the nature of performance, perception and definitions of dance. Audience members are invited to come and go, sit or stand or walk where they please in the Defibrillator Gallery over the course of two weekends.
September 14-16 and 21-23 at the Defibrillator Gallery

Chicago Repertory Ballet

Chicago Repertory Ballet
The debut performance of former River North and Thodos dancer Wade Schaaf’s new company will highlight Chicago-based choreographers. His appealing mission: to incorporate traditional storytelling in a contemporary perspective.
September 21 and 22 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Kota Yamazaki/Photo: Tyler Sparks

Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug
Dichotomies between the jubilance of African dance and the slow-moving introspection of Japanese Butoh are complicated in this collaboration between artists from Ethiopia, Senegal, the US and Yamazaki’s company.
September 27-29 at the Dance Center of Columbia College

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico
Amalia Hernandez’s company brings the traditional dances of Mexico to the Auditorium Theatre stage in an exuberant blaze of color, energy and live music.
October 6 and 7 at the Auditorium Theatre

Gallim Dance/Photo: Tyler Sparks

Gallim Dance
Andrea Miller’s highly acclaimed company visits Chicago with their 2009 piece “Blush,” an hour-long dissection of the psycho-physiological act using the tools of Butoh and ballet.
October 11-13 at the Dance Center of Columbia College

Joffrey Ballet
The program for “Human Landscapes” is made up of  Jirí Kylián’s “Forgotten Land,” inspired by an Edvard Munch painting of women on a beach, “Pretty BALLET” choreographed by James Kudelka and “The Green Table” Kurt Jooss’ post-WWI anti-war ballet.
October 17-28 at Auditorium Theatre

Hubbard Street Dance
Their first full-length performance, “America Windows” is a celebration of Hubbard Street Dance’s thirty-fifth year. Choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo, the piece is inspired by Marc Chagall’s piece of the same name on display at the Art Institute.
October 18-21 at Harris Theater

The Seldoms/Photo: Brian Kuhlmann

The Seldoms
After addressing issues of consumption in “Monument” and economic recession in “Stupormarket,” Seldoms director Carrie Hanson tackles the heated responses to climate change. “Exit Disclaimer” completes a topical troika, addressing the tension between private freedoms and social responsibility.
October 25-27 at the Dance Center of Columbia College

Sean Dorsey Dance
Sean Dorsey collected oral histories from LGBT elders to create an evening-length work about the survival of love despite intolerance and oppression. Dance, theater and storytelling combine to share the forbidden love stories of the twentieth century.
October 25-27 at Links Hall

Giordano Dance Chicago
The fall engagement will feature new works by former Alvin Ailey and Joffrey dancer Christopher Huggins and Giordano’s Artistic Associate Autumn Eckman.
October 26 and 27 at the Harris Theater

Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Young love, heartbreak and, of course, the can-can are the themes in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s “Moulin Rouge.”
November 2-4 at the Auditorium Theatre

Trey McIntyre Project
Fresh off a tour of Asia, the funny, weird, whip-smart, spot-on company out of Boise will appear at the Harris Theater for just one night. Spend ten minutes with the videos on their website and you’ll clear your schedule three months in advance.
November 30 at the Harris Theater

—Sharon Hoyer