by Aisha Cruse
Wed, October 8 - Sat, October 11 @ 7:30pm
Sun, October 12 @ 2:30pm
Presented by Les 7 Doigts de la Main and ArtsEmerson
At the Cutler Majestic Theater, Boston
Les 7 Doigts de la Main are one of my favorite circus groups. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform a few years ago, and their work is absolutely breathtaking. Directed and choreographed by Gypsy Snider, who constructed the circus work for Pippin, and Shana Carroll, Traces promises to be a delight for all ages.
Fri, October 10 & Sat, October 11 @ 7:30
BB@home: Swan Lake
At the Clarendon Street Studio, South End, Boston
The Boston Ballet studio talk and performance series is offering a sneak peak performance and discussion of their new production of Swan Lake. A unique chance to engage with the performers ahead of the production; I highly recommend attending if you can.
Fri & Sat, October 10-11 @ 8pm
Sun, October 12 @ 3pm
Presented by World Music: Crash Arts
At the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
"2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham's incredible company Abraham.In.Motion performs the Boston premiere of When the Wolves Came In, a repertory program comprising several new works inspired by We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite, includingHallowed, a new solo work set to a series of moving spiritual hymns, and The Gettin', a new ensemble work created in collaboration with Grammy Award–winning jazz musician Robert Glasper and world-renowned visual artist Glenn Ligon." The best part of ICA performances are the free pre and post show discussions, so be sure to arrive early. If you're coming on Friday, clear your schedule and stay after the show!
Sat & Sun, October 18,19, 25 & 26 @ 4pm
Fri, October 24 @ 8pm
Between the Lines
Presented by Anna Myer and Dancers
In association with Youth Link initiative of the North American Family Institute
At Hibernian Hall, Roxbury
Anna Myer choreographs this mixed-genre collaboration featuring artists from all over Boston and a script by Jay Paris of Youth Link. The program will also include a brief performance by young artists from The Lenox Street Project, and will be followed by an open, facilitated conversation about race and identity among producers, cast, and audience. This unique performance of blended communities should not be missed.
Fri - Sun, October 24-26
Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston
At the Citi Schubert Theater, Boston
Pilobolus has performed at the Oscars, the Olympics, and all over the world. I was lucky enough to see them off-Broadway when I was in high school, and I was completely entranced. The program for this visit to Boston includes their 20th anniversary commission from 1991 Sweet Purgatory, their death-defying team up with Penn & Teller[esc], and a beautiful new piece On the Nature of Things, performed by three dancers balanced on a column. Their stay is short, but it's more than enough time to capture your imagination.
Thurs, Oct 30 - Sun, Nov 16 @ 1pm &7:30pm
Presented by Boston Ballet
At the Boston Opera House
Swan Lake might be my favorite classical ballet. The Boston Ballet is bringing the sinister magic of this doomed love story to the stage just in time for Halloween. I suggest the pre-curtain talk on November 1st or the Post-performance chat on November 7th for a chance to learn more about the production and hear from Mikko Nissinen about the show.
Fri & Sat, October 23, 24, 30 & 31 @ 7pm &10:30pm
Cirque of the Dead
Presented by the Boston Circus Guild
At the Oberon, Harvard Square, Cambridge
It's fitting that the one time of year that the members of the Boston Circus Guild really cut loose is Halloween. While the show is 18+ for admittance, if you want to see skilled aerialists and acrobats at their weirdest, wildest and creepiest, this is the show to see. With live musical performances and a costume contest each weekend, this is a party to die for.