Winter Dance Guide 

click to enlarge Celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company presents the West Coast premiere of "Times Bones" in April. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company presents the West Coast premiere of "Times Bones" in April.
Local and visiting troupes kick off another vibrant Bay Area dance season.

Robert Moses’ Kin: RISE: The San Francisco troupe’s 19th-season show includes choreographer Moses dancing in the world premiere of “For The Slow Rise of a Ridged Man,” the premiere of “Profligate Iniquities” and a reprise of 2013’s “NEVABAWARLDAPECE.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, $25-$45. Lam Research Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-2787, www.ybca.org

Dance Brigade: Krissy Keefer’s “Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope and Despair” is a San Francisco-set dance installation focusing on the connection between gentrification, global warming, racism and attacks women’s rights. Friday-Feb. 8, $15-$30. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F., (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

San Francisco Ballet’s Giselle: The City’s largest ballet company opens its season with artistic director Helgi Tomasson’s version of the dramatic, eerie romantic tragedy. Saturday-Feb. 2, $36-$212. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 865-2000, www.sfballet.org

Martha Graham Dance Company: The program includes “Appalachian Spring” set to Aaron Copeland’s famed music, the dramatic “Cave of the Heart” based on the ancient Greek story of Medea and the ragtime romp “Maple Leaf Rag.” 8 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 1, $30-$100. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Bancroft Way at Dana Street, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.org

Aszure & Artists: Choreographer Aszure Barton’s fluid, theatrical contemporary dance troupe appears in "Awáa," a piece inspired by a dream she had in which one of her dancers was underwater in a rocking chair. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-8, $35-$50. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-2787, sfperformances.org

Hamburg Ballet: John Neumeier’s exceptional company performs an inventive adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” adding music by Gyorgi Ligeti to Felix Mendelssohn’s beloved score. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 8 p.m. Feb. 13, $36-$212. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 865-2000, www.sfballet.org

Nora Chipaumire: The New York choreographer’s Bay Area premiere “Miriam,” presented in collaboration with the Black Choreographers Festival, is a dance-theater installation exploring tensions between public expectations and private desires, objectification and power, and darkness and light. 8 p.m. Feb. 13-15, YBCA Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F., (415) 979-2787, www.ybca.org

Stephen Petronio Company: The troupe appears in Petronio's "Like Lazarus Did," a 2013 work set to spiritual music and exploring the mythology of resurrection. 7:30 p.m. March 14-15, $35-$50. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-2787, sfperformances.org

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: The all-male drag company, known for its technically proficient performances of classics such as “Raymonda” and “Swan Lake,” is beloved by dance lovers for its athletic and comedic talent. 8 p.m. March 25, $18-$42. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus, Dana Street at Bancroft Way, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company: The local troupe celebrates its 40th anniversary with the West Coast premiere of "Times Bones" as well as "The Gate of Winds," a world premiere collaboration with Kolben Dance Company of Jerusalem. 7:30 p.m. April 3-4, 3 p.m. April 5, $25-$35. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-2787,www.ybca.org

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