Fall arts 2014: Dance 

As is typical, the Bay Area’s vibrant dance scene boasts plenty of offerings, with an emphasis on contemporary works this season. Special guests add even more depth to the lineup.

West Wave Dance Festival: In its 23rd season, the event again brings together veteran and newly established local choreographers from all cultures and disciplines in three curated programs featuring dance artists from the East Bay, North Bay and South Bay. 8 p.m. Sept. 3-7, $10-$20. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F., (415) 626-0453, www.zspace.org

Aura Fischbeck Dance, Deborah Karp Dance Projects: Two Bay Area-based troupes present a 2014 home-season concert of new dance theater works, featuring performances by Caroline Alexander, Arletta Anderson, Janet Das, Aura Fischbeck, Mo Miner, Deborah Karp and Alison Williams and lighting design by Delayne Medoff. 8 p.m. Sept. 12-13, 2 p.m. Sept. 14, $15-$20. Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F., (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

Mark Foehringer Dance Project: Created in collaboration with digital artists, an engineer, composer and computer scientist, the world premiere of “Dances of the Sacred and Profane,” which is inspired by the impressionist period, explores timing, memory and angles through dance, motion-capture projection and music. 8 p.m. Sept. 13 and Sept. 18-20, 3 p.m. Sept. 14 and Sept. 21, $18.50-$28.50. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

Capacitor: In “Synaptic Motion,” a world-premiere, multisensory experience informed by brain scans, artistic director-choreographer Jodi Lomask and her acclaimed science and technology dance company tackle the question, “What does the act of creativity look like?” 8 p.m. Sept. 18-19, 5 and 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 2 and 5 p.m. Sept. 21, $25-$35. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F., (415) 978-2787, www.ybca.org

Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble: Berkeley is the home away from home for the famed choreographer, who rarely performs without live music. His group returns to Cal Performances with two programs, including “Spring, Spring, Spring,” set to Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” played live by The Bad Plus, as well as local premieres of “Crosswalk” and “Excursions.” 8 p.m. Sept. 25-26, 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 27, 3 p.m. Sept. 28, $40-$96. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Telegraph Avenue, UC Berkeley campus, (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org

Hope Mohr Dance: The troupe presents “Have We Come A Long Way, Baby? curating is always in conversation with history,” a program dedicated to the West Coast post-modern dance lineage, with discussion and performances featuring three generations of female post-modern artists including solos by Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Hope Mohr and Peiling Kao. 8 p.m. Sept. 26-27, $15-$50. Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F., (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

Chitresh Das Dance Company: The world premiere of “Yatra: Journey from India to Spain” is an innovative collaboration between renowned kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das, celebrating his 70th birthday this year, and Spanish flamenco artist Antonio Hidalgo Paz, who explore the historical context of their two respective classical art forms. 8 p.m. Sept. 27, 2 p.m. Sept. 28, $28-$58. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., S.F., (415) 333-9000, www.kathak.org, www.cityboxoffice.com

tinypistol: Maurya Kerr, formerly of Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and her new San Francisco-based dance company present the world premiere of “beast” and the reprisal of “Wantful.” 8 p.m. Sept. 25-27, $18-$25. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., (415) 863-9834, www.odctheater.org

Lenora Lee Dance: For its seventh anniversary, the troupe — accompanied by Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate and San Mateo Dojo — presents a two-week performance season of new and repertory works. 8 p.m. Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4, 3 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, $15-$50. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F., (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

13th Floor Dance Theater: “A Wake,” a world-premiere, darkly comic dance theater piece by Jenny McAllister that intersperses modern dialogue with ornate language, is inspired by James Joyce's novel “Finnegans Wake.” 8 p.m. Oct. 16-18, 7 p.m. Oct. 19, $13-$23. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., (415) 863-9834, www.odcdance.org/buytickets.php

Australian Ballet: The troupe brings its signature work, Graeme Murphy’s “Swan Lake,” to the West Coast for the first time. 8 p.m. Oct. 16-17, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 18, 3 p.m. Oct. 19. $40-$156. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Telegraph Avenue, UC Berkeley campus, (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org

San Francisco Trolley Dances: The 11th annual event includes 16 site-specific performances along Muni’s J-Church line from 30th and Church streets to the Balboa Park station, with featured artists Alayo Dance Company, Alternativa, Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater, Misión Flamenca, Paradizo Dance and Printz Dance Project. 11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Oct. 18-19, free. Start: Church Produce, 1798 Church St., S.F., end: City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., S.F., www.epiphanydance.org

Sasha Waltz & Guests: The group presents “Impromptus,” Waltz’s intimate, lyrical work set to Schubert's “Impromptus” and featuring seven dancers, with music performed live by pianist Cristina Marton and mezzo-soprano Ruth Sandhoff. 8 p.m. Oct. 24-25, $40-$96. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Telegraph Avenue, UC Berkeley campus, (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org

Sharp & Fine: The San Francisco-based dance troupe presents the world premiere of “Peter and the Wolf,” an evening-length work inspired by Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved score and featuring a cast of five dancers and four jazz musicians. 8 p.m. Oct. 23-25, 2 p.m. Oct. 26, $23-$28. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., (415) 863-9834, sharpandfine.com/peter-and-the-wolf

Batsheva: The acclaimed Israeli troupe celebrates its 50th anniversary with a “Jubilee Year Tour” featuring “Sadeh 21,” a work by choreographer Ohad Naharin set to the music of Brian Eno and David Darling. 7:30 p.m. Nov 6-7, 3 p.m. Nov. 8, $40-$70. Lam Research Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 392-2545, www.sfperformances.org

Flyaway Productions: In the world premiere of “Multiple Mary and Invisible Jane,” choreographer Jo Kreiter explores the experience of older homeless women in a visually arresting aerial dance set on an 80-foot wall in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. The performance is the second in a trilogy of large-scale pieces created by Flyaway and presented in The City’s central Market Street area. Sept. 12-20, free. UC Hastings College of the Law, 333 Golden Gate Ave., S.F., www.flyawayproductions.com

PUSHfest: PUSH Dance Company, directed by Raissa Simpson, celebrates it ninth season with a two-program, cross-genre festival — featuring modern, ballet, hip-hop, ethnic and multi-disciplinary works — by 14 mid-career and emerging choreographers. 8 p.m. Sept. 19-20, 4 and 7 p.m. Sept. 21, $20-$50. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., (415) 863-9834, www.pushdance.org/pushfest

Garrett and Moulton Productions: Award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton present the premiere of “The Luminous Edge,” a new evening-length dance theater work that explores themes of transcendence, hope and rebirth, is set to live music. and directed by Jonathan Russell. 8 p.m. Sept. 18-20, 3 p.m. Sept. 21, $30-$36. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F., (415) 978-2787, www.ybca.org

Joe Goode Performance Group: The program includes 2008’s “Wonderboy,” an unexpected tale of a peculiar superhero, created by Goode in collaboration with puppeteer Basil Twist, and “29 Effeminate Gestures,” Goode's legendary 12-minute dance solo masterpiece. Sept. 25-Oct. 4, $15-$100. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F., (866) 811-4111, www.zspace.org

Smuin Ballet: The group begins its 21st season with a program featuring the West Coast premiere of “Serenade for Strings” by Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) artistic director Garrett Ammon, “Objects of Curiosity” by Amy Seiwert, and “Frankie & Johnny” by Michael Smuin. Oct. 3-11, $24-$67. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F., (415) 912-1899, www.smuinballet.org


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