1: STREB Extreme Action Company. Jan. 30-31, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
No one takes it to the wall (and the ceiling) like pioneering choreographer Elizabeth Streb, who sends her stalwart dancers flipping through the air and slamming against surfaces (here aided by a spinning floor and a sort of human catapult called the Whizzing Gizmo) in a thrilling celebration of physical risk and possibility.
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2: Ayikodans. Feb. 4-5, Adrienne Arsht Center.
Jeanguy Saintus and his valiant Haitian modern dance troupe return to the Adrienne Arsht Center in a 10@10 commission for the Center’s 10th anniversary, continuing the center’s sponsorship since the 2010 earthquake. Saintus’ dances feature powerful imagery rife with vodou spirituality and a raw physicality united with formidable technique, given intense life by his terrific and dedicated dancers.
3: Camille A. Brown in Black Girl: Linguistic Play. Feb. 20, Lehman Theater, Miami Dade College North Campus.
A veteran of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the potent black modern dance troupes of Ronald K. Brown and Rennie Harris, Brown makes her Miami debut courtesy of Miami Dade College Live Arts. In Black Girl she uses urban-folk forms like double dutch and steppin’ to envision a new kind of black female identity in a racially fraught world.
4: Savion Glover and Jack DeJohnette. March 5, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
Expect rhythmic and kinetic fireworks as Glover, the great tap dance revolutionary, joins jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette (and Miami-raised tapper Marshall Davis, Jr.).
5: Miami City Ballet in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. March 18-20 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, April 1-3 at the Kravis Center and April 9-10 at the Broward Center.
Miami’s terrific hometown ballet company celebrates its 30th season with substantial favorites (such as Liam Scarlett’s rocket-powered Viscera and George Balanchine’s exquisite version of the second act of Swan Lake on Program I) and intriguing company premieres (Justin Peck’s breakout ballet Year of the Rabbit on Program III and New York City Ballet artistic director Peter Martin’s Barber Violin Concerto on Program II). But the blockbuster is its original production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which re-imagines this rarely done, evening-length version of Shakespeare’s magical tale for Miami, with direction by Tarell Alvin McCraney and new sets and costumes by Michele Oka Doner.
6: Companhia Urbana de Danca. March 26, Miami-Dade County Auditorium.
This acclaimed Brazilian hip-hop company, with dancers drawn from Rio de Janeiro favelas and a founder based in modern dance, draws its moves and themes from the streets. The group creates its pieces collaboratively and has performed at famous venues in New York and Europe, a testimony to contemporary hip-hop’s geographic and artistic breadth. Presented by Fundarte, Culture Shock and Miami-Dade County Auditorium.
7: Alma Dance Theater in Surviving Disorder. March 30 to April 1, Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black.Box.
Bold, young Miami choreographer Marissa Alma Nick steps out of her usual realm of site-specific and film pieces with two theatrical works. The ensemble piece Daydreaming With Jean is a surreal, emotionally fraught evocation of aging and the end of life, inspired by the death of Nick’s grandmother from dementia. For the solo Adaptive Chassis: 0.1, Nick collaborates with visual artist Sebastian Ruiz to explore pushing the body’s limits.
8: Rudi Goblen in PET. April 7-9 at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Miami.
If you missed the 2013 debut of this singular Miami actor/writer/choreographer’s fierce solo performance commissioned by the Miami Light Project, you’ve got another chance. PET delves into the need and pain of love, with startling, street-smart language and the audience as a “support group” for the serially brokenhearted.
9: Pilobolus. April 8-9, Broward Center.
Born in the ’70s dance avant-garde, the dance-theater-acrobatic group Pilobolus has survived and thrived as a surprisingly mainstream but still unique entity: endlessly physically inventive, sharply humorous, conceptually questing and engagingly humane. Smart and accessible fun for everyone.
10: Lazaro Godoy in Medaka. April 16-17 at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black.Box in Miami-Dade.
Cuban-raised, New World School of the Arts graduate Lazaro Godoy is one of Miami’s most striking and original movers and dancemakers, with an uncannily elastic physique and riveting intensity. Tigertail Productions has commissioned this solo, inspired by a Japanese fish that was the first vertebrate to mate in orbit around the earth, as part of its monthlong, environmentally themed Water Festival.