Of Kings and Fools
Leslie Dworkin and Darla Stanley, two deep-thinking dancers who once graced our local scene, return for a spell with this absurdist production about journeys of self-discovery.
Oct. 1-2, Conwell Dance Theater, Temple University, 1801 N. Broad St., 800-298-4200, temple.edu/boyer.
Paul Taylor Dance Co.
No matter how many times you've seen dance master Paul Taylor's troupe at Annenberg, you likely haven't viewed the pieces on this program — they're all Philadelphia premières.
Oct. 21-23, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St., 215-898-3900, annenbergcenter.org.
Roland Petit's dramatic ballet Carmen, still stylish after all these years, shares a bill with George Balanchine's crisp Concerto Barocco, plus a work by resident choreographer Matthew Neenan.
Oct. 21-24, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., 215-551-7000, paballet.org.
Sharp Dance Co.
Sharp Dance Co. translates human experience and emotion into strong, clear movement. Now five years old, the company continues to polish its kinetic technique in Revelation.
Oct. 22-24, Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St., 215-880-2306, sharpdance.org.
FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance
FLY sold out a Kennedy Center engagement and it's easy to see why, what with this stellar lineup of innovative women choreographers: Bebe Miller, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Germaine Acogny, Dianne McIntyre and Carmen de Lavallade. It's a rare treat to have such a broad artistic span of the African diaspora all on one stage.
Oct. 28-30, Painted Bride, 230 Vine St., 215-925-9914, paintedbride.org .
Koresh Dance Co.
One of the city's hottest dance companies performs two world premières by Roni Koresh, who continues to reflect upon relationships, forgotten dreams, personal aspirations and other multifarious circumstances.
Oct. 28-31, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St., 215-985-0420, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.
The history of tango delivered by a live orchestra, plus 14 exceptional performers who dish out steamy, high-precision dance.
Nov. 16-20, Annenberg Center.
Philly's leading contemporary ballet ensemble offers an eclectic program, including a work by Tania Isaac, whose Caribbean-based movement should prove an interesting challenge for these hot-chops dancers.
Nov. 17-21, Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., 215-546-7824, balletx.org.
Parsons Dance Co.
Parsons' full-length Remember Me combines emphatic rock-opera music, big video projections and über-expressive dance to tell the tale of a tragic love triangle. Is there any other kind?
Dec. 2-4, Annenberg Center.
Dance Theater X
In Dance Theater X's latest work, World Headquarters, New Age spirituals and traditional African dance propel a science-fiction-based story about being moved to action when justice fails to prevail.
Dec. 3-4, Painted Bride.
The Nutcracker, Xmas Philes, Philly-Nutt-Crak-Up
'Tis the season for holiday fare, from old chestnuts to new send-ups.
Pennsylvania Ballet's Nutcracker, Dec. 4-31, Academy of Music; Philadanco's Xmas Philes, Dec. 10-12, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org; ContempraDance Theatre's Philly-Nutt-Crak-Up, Dec. 10-11, Mandell Theater, Drexel University, 3300 Chestnut St., 610-225-3007, contempradance.com.
An engaging retrospective by internationally renowned masters of mime masquerade and magic. Fantastical, family-friendly fun.
Dec. 16-18, Annenberg Center.