The 6 Dance Performances You Should See This Fall

Ailey II comes to Atlanta on Oct. 21.
Ailey II’s Courtney Celeste Spears and Khalia Campbell dance in Leila Da Rocha’s Meika. Photo by Kyle Froman courtesy of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

With local dance companies back in the studios for the 2017-18 dance seasons, performances are popping up all over Atlanta.

Upcoming shows range from ballet versions of classic fairy tales to a group hailed as Japan’s version of Blue Man Group.

One show brings the touring company of a modern dance legend to town, and another is a highly anticipated performance from a new local modern ballet company.

Here are some of the upcoming dance shows in metro Atlanta:

Atlanta Ballet 2: Beauty and the Beast

When: Sept. 29 through Oct. 1

Where: Infinite Energy Center

Tickets: $10 to $57

What to Expect: Fall in love with this celebrated fairy tale all over again with a one-hour production designed for younger audience members, children ages 12 and under.

The Georgia Ballet: The Girl Who Needed Watching: La Fille Mal Gardee

When: Oct. 7 and 8

Where: Marietta Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $10 to $36

What to Expect: This playful story about a mother keeping an eye on her young love-struck daughter fills the stage with character and even a few dancing chickens. The Saturday 2 p.m. show is a sensory friendly performance.

The Girl Who Needed Watching is performed Oct. 7 and 8.
The Saturday 2 p.m. performance of “The Girl Who Needed Watching: La Fille Mal Gardee” is a sensory friendly performance. Photo courtesy of The Georgia Ballet.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre: exstasis

"exstasis" hits the stage Oct. 12-15.
Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre makes its company debut with “exstasis.” Image courtesy of Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre.

When: Oct. 12 through 15

Where: Westside Cultural Arts Center

Tickets: $25-$50

What to Expect: Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre makes its company debut with a modern ballet inspired by the search for ecstatic moments. With music that ranges from classical to R&B and jazz, this theatrical dance work explores the human desire to be superhuman.

Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance

When: Oct. 21

Where: Rialto Center for the Arts

Tickets: $34.85 to $69

What to Expect: Ailey II is the touring company of New York-based modern dance group Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Featured in this show is Atlanta native Juel D. Lane’s “Touch & Agree,” a piece that explores what it is to be in love and how we commit to another person without losing our own identity.

CORE: Human Landscapes

When: Oct. 26 through 29

Where: The B Complex

Tickets: $15

What to Expect: Human Landscapes focuses on the stories and discourses of migration. The collaborative work between Association Inesperada and Core Performance Company hopes to convey the idea that in the face of a tumultuous society different people can peacefully coexist.

"Human Landscapes" is presented Oct. 26-29.
CORE Performance Company delves into the idea of migration in “Human Landscapes.” Photo courtesy of CORE.


When: Oct. 27

Where: Ferst Center for the Arts

Tickets: $20 to $45

What to Expect: Hailed as Japan’s answer to Blue Man Group, SIRO-A performances utilize visual effects, mime and a techno soundtrack. The group appeared on America’s Got Talent.

For more local dance performances visit the Dance Performances Section of Atlanta PlanIt.

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