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Winter 2018 Arts Preview: Dance

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Shannon Kurashige appears in Liss Fain Dance’s “I Don’t Know and Never Will” at ODC Theater in March. (Courtesy RJ Muna)
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The Bay Area dance community, and esteemed guests, have a lot lined up:

San Francisco Ballet Program 1: Helgi Tomasson’s 1990 full-length “The Sleeping Beauty” set to music by Tchaikovsky was last presented in 2007. Through Feb. 5. $40-$398. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfballet.org

Kristin Damrow & Company: The contemporary company premieres “Eames,” a narrative dance inspired by husband-and-wife designers Charles and Ray Eames. 8 p.m. Jan. 25-27. $30-$45. ODC Theatre, 3153 17th St., S.F., www.odcdance.org

Joe Goode Performance Group: The troupe presents an in-progress look at “Still Standing,” based on the idea of storytelling through song, part of San Francisco Performances’ innovative PIVOT series. 8:30 p.m., Jan. 27. $20-$45. Strand, 1127 Market St., S.F., sfperformances.org

SOULSKIN Dance
: The group’s LAB Series includes work by seven up-and-coming female choreographers, from solos and groups to experimental films. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27. $20-$25. Counter Pulse, 80 Turk St., S.F., www.soulskindance.org/live

13th Floor: The troupe stages “Space Pilots in Spaaaace,” a live-action sci-fi radio play blending “movement, text, comedy and poignance.” 8 p.m. Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, 5 and 8 p.m. Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. $15-$40. Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F., 13thfloortheater.org

Diablo Ballet
: “Harmonious Beauty” includes works by Val Caniparoli, Danielle Rowe, Lauren Jonas, Robert Dekkers and Sally Streets. 8 p.m. Feb. 2, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 3. $40. Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek, www.diabloballet.org

Circa: The Australian performance troupe’s “Il Ritorno” combines circus arts and Baroque opera in a retelling of Homer’s “The Odyssey.” 8 p.m. Feb. 3, 3 p.m. Feb. 4. $30-$68. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus, www.calperformances.org

James Graham Dance Theatre: “Dance Lovers 7” is a Valentine’s Day-themed evening with performances by varied couples, including a mother-son and newlyweds. 8 p.m. Feb. 8-10. $18-$38. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F., www.counterpulse.org

ODC/Dance: The group opens its 47th season with KT Nelson’s “Path of Miracles,” a site-specific “journey through space and time” created with the vocal ensemble Volti. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-10. $40. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F., www.odcdance.org

Nancy Karp + Dancers: The troupe premieres “On Beauty,” a site-specific work celebrating the life and work of late conservationist Doug Tompkins. 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11. $20-$35. David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, www.brownpapertickets.com

San Francisco Ballet Program 2: George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” Benjamin Millepied’s “The Chairman Dances” and Justin Peck’s “Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes” are on the bill. Feb. 13-24. $40-$398. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfballet.org

San Francisco Ballet Program 3: Artistic director Helgi Tomasson’s “On a Theme of Paganini,” Val Caniparoli’s “Ibsen’s House” and Michael Nyman’s “Ghost in the Machine” are featured. Feb. 15-25. $40-$398. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfballet.org

Berkeley Dance Project: The UC Berkeley performance series features choreography by Katie Faulkner, James Graham, Madeline Aragon and Hillary Tang. Feb. 15-24, $18-$20. Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley campus, http://tdps.berkeley.edu/

Cori Olinghouse: The choreographer, archivist and curator’s “Grandma” is a “live performance set in an American landscape of Twinkies and Wonderbread, excavating the effects of television, the media and dark familial pasts.” 8 p.m. Feb. 15-17. $30. ODC Theatre, 3153 17th St., S.F., www.odcdance.org/grandma

Smuin Choreography Showcase: In the eighth annual event, dancers in the contemporary ballet troupe present their own choreography set on fellow company members, followed by a Q& A session. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 2 p.m. Feb. 17. $33-$48. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, www.smuinballet.org

Smuin Dance Series 01: The contemporary ballet troupe begins its 24th season with dances by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Michael Smuin and Garrett Ammon. 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 24, 2 p.m. Feb. 25. $56-$72. Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.smuinballet.org

Robert Moses’ Kin: The premiere “Bootstrap Tales” is an evening of contemporary dance inspired by work with foster youth and street musicians. 8 p.m. Feb. 23-24, 3 p.m. Feb. 25. $19-$55. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., www.ybca.org

Company Wang Ramirez: In the innovative dance-theater-aerial piece “Borderline,” Korean-German dancer Honji Wang and French-Spanish dancer Sébastien Ramirez explore the complexities of human relationships and modern identities. 8 p.m. Feb. 24, 3 p.m. Feb. 25. $30-$68. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Dana Street, Berkeley, www.calperformances.org

Liss Fain Dance: The troupe’s performance installation “I Don’t Know and Never Will” is inspired by letters from an “extraordinarily articulate and expressive” young man to his then-girlfriend, choreographer Fain. 8 p.m. March 1-3. $20-$30. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F., odc.dance/tickets

Wax Poets: The interdisciplinary group stages choreographer Heather Stockton’s “Swivel:Hinge:Return,” which investigates the impact on the body of the 24-hour news cycle. 8 p.m. March 1-3. $20-$25. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F., www.counterpulse.org

San Francisco Ballet Program 4: Liam Scarlett’s 2017 full-length “Frankenstein” gets a reprise. March 6-11. $40-$398. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfballet.org

Eva Yerbabuena: The flamenco superstar is known for her bold, minimalist choreography. 8 p.m. March 7. $25-$68. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus, www.calperformances.org

Company Wayne McGregor: San Francisco Performances presents the edgy British troupe in the 80-minute “Autobiography,” inspired in part by the choreographer’s own DNA. 7:30 p.m. March 8-10. $40-$65. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., sfperformances.org

SOULSKIN Dance: The multimedia premiere “To Command,” with dance, photography and music, “questions our sense of autonomy in a world dictated by technology.” 8 p.m. March 9-10, 5:30 p.m. March 11. $20-$25. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

Oakland Ballet Company: The troupe presents “Jangala,” a family-friendly ballet inspired by South Indian classical dance and based on “The Jungle Book.” $15-$50. 2:30 p.m. March 10 at Skyline High School, 12250 Skyline Blvd., Oakland; and 7 p.m. March 13 at Castro Valley High School, 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, www.oaklandballet.org

ODC/Dance: The program includes the premiere of Brenda Way’s “News of the World” and a reprise of 2017’s “What we carry, What we Keep.” 7:30 p.m. March 15 and March 17, 8 p.m. March 16, 5 p.m. March 18. $25-$80. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., www.odcdance.org

San Francisco Ballet Program 5: “Robbins: Ballet & Broadway” includes Jerome Robbins’ “Opus 19/The Dreamer,” “The Cage,” “Other Dances” and “Fancy Free.” March 20-25. $40-$398. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfballet.org

National Ballet of Canada: San Francisco Ballet’s Program 6 features the guest company performing John Neumeier’s full-length “Nijinsky,” April 3-8. $40-$398. . $40-$398. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfballet.org

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: The acclaimed troupe’s residency offers three different programs, including Ailey’s classic “Revelations” and works by artistic director Robert Battle and Twyla Tharp. April 10-15. $31-$110. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Dana Street, Berkeley, www.calperformances.org

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