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Steppin’ into the New Season: Don’t Miss Our 2017-18 Dance Events!

July 29th is National Dance Day, so we’re celebrating by taking a closer look at the incredible dance companies joining us for our 2017-18 Season! From our 50-year anniversary of presenting the treasured Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Boston debut of the innovative Company Wayne McGregor, it’s a season you don’t want to miss. Mix in some exciting off-the-beaten-path performances like the dynamic acrobatics of Circa or the percussive dance and singing of Body Music, and you’ll find there’s no shortage of adventurous choreography for the dance lover.

Not sure what you can expect this season? View a few of our favorite company highlights below, and subscribe now to reserve your seats today! 


October 27-29
Boch Center Shubert Theatre

The wildly creative avant-garde dance company Pilobolus has transformed itself into an international entertainment juggernaut. Featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Sesame Street, and The Academy Awards, and nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for the video for OK Go’s All Is Not Lost, the company continues to explore new ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. Program will include The Inconsistent Pedaler, an absurd, acrobatic, and lyrical collaboration between Pilobolus, fiction writer Etgar Keret, and filmmaker Shira Geffen that opens up a mesmerizing physical world. Learn more.

Grupo Corpo
January 26-28
Boch Center Shubert Theatre

With its seductive movement, scintillating music, vibrant costuming, sets, and lighting, Grupo Corpo reflects the amazing diversity and rich color of Brazil. The company is renowned for its stunning physicality, dynamic ability, and rich visual finesse. This tremendously popular dance company returns to the Celebrity Series with two thrilling new works by Rodrigo Pederneiras, Suite Branca and Danca Sinfonica. Learn more.

Compagnie Accrorap—Kader Attou
The Roots
February 2-3
Boch Center Shubert Theatre

Compagnie Accrorap artistic director, dancer, and choreographer Kader Attou is a native of Lyon and a leading representative of the French hip-hop dance movement. Emphasizing humanistic engagement and cultural blending, Compagnie Accrorap embodies a unique alchemy of hip hop, circus, and contemporary dance. This alchemy is the basis for the thrilling, evening-length work, The Roots. Learn more.

Circa, “S”
March 2-4
Boch Center Shubert Theatre

Since 2004 Circa has been at the frontier of a new vision of circus arts—creating powerful works that challenge, thrill and delight. Featuring an ensemble of multi-skilled artists under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz, Circa’s award-winning works have been seen in 34 countries across six continents. A powerfully emotive work, “S” is sinuous, seductive, sophisticated, sensual and savage. Inspired by the shape, grammatical functions and sound of the 19th letter of the alphabet, “S” will fill the stage with the raw immediacy of performers at their physical and emotional limits. “S” is performed to music of Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen and the Kronos Quartet. Learn more.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
March 22-25
Boch Center Wang Theatre

In the turbulent year of 1968, then Celebrity Series Executive Director Walter Pierce took a chance with a single night engagement of a dynamic, emerging, African-American dance company at Boston’s John Hancock Hall. The success of the Boston debut of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has led to a 50-year relationship between this iconic dance company and the city of Boston. Through decades of brilliant performances and educational outreach, the partnership between Celebrity Series and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has had a deep and lasting impact on the Greater Boston Community. We celebrate this anniversary as a milestone of the performing arts in our city. Learn more.

Company Wayne McGregor
May 4 & 5
Boch Center Shubert Theatre

Wayne McGregor CBE is a multi-award winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations that have redefined dance in the modern era. Driven by an insatiable curiosity about movement and its creative potentials, his experiments have led him into collaborative dialogue with an array of artistic forms, scientific disciplines, and technological interventions. This program will feature Atomos, a collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor and XO. Using XOX emotional wearable technology, the collaborators mapped the dancers’ biometrics to create digital skins inspired by each dancers’ emotional algorithms. Learn more.

Body Music
Saturday, May 5, 8pm
Sanders Theatre

Body Music is a dynamic and deeply visceral cross-cultural conversation using only the instrument we all share. Sand dance, hand dance, foot percussion, lyrical harmony singing, visual rhythm in architecture and design, virtuosic solos, dynamic ensemble works—Body Music is a collaborative evening that showcases the artists’ virtuosity and cultural vibrancy with themes that emanate from using only the human instrument to create complex, evocative music/dance. Learn more.

And don’t forget: You’re invited to grab your dancing shoes and head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway September 13-17, 2017 for the return of Let’s Dance Boston! This free, five-day dance extravaganza highlights five different dance styles and each event includes a live band preceded by expert dance instruction. Learn more and join us for the party this September!


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