Malpaso Dance Company

The Havana-based troupe is making its Minnesota debut, yet much about the program may feel familiar. It includes “Indomitable Waltz” by Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton, who presented her dreamlike “Awáa” at Northrop last fall, and “Why You Follow ” by New York’s Ronald K. Brown, whose masterful “Where the Light Shines Through” was the highlight of TU Dance’s spring concert. And Minneapolis troupe Zenon will help reprise its 2014 collaboration with Malpaso artistic director Osnel Delgado on the baseball-themed “Coming Home.” (7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Northrop, Mpls., $21-$46, 612-624-2345 or

‘A Love Supreme’

Dancing bodies interpret jazz great John Coltrane’s 1965 magnum opus in this collaboration by Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Spanish-born Salva Sanchis. Four male dancers (reflecting the members of Coltrane’s quartet) and four live musicians will weave improvisation and meticulous form. (8 p.m. Oct. 12 & 13, Walker Art Center, Mpls., $25, 612-375-7600 or

‘The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet.’

Dancers explore their fight and boxers discover their hidden graces in this piece pairing St. Paul Ballet with boxers from Element gym. (7 p.m. Oct. 14, High School for the Recording Arts, St. Paul, $50, 651-690-1588 or


Killer music is just one reason to catch this four-day dance and performance event put together by local choreography provocateur April Sellers. It boasts Motown tunes for a salute to Detroit by choreographer Kristi Faulkner, plus Janis Joplin in a nude-filled romp by Sellers. The Dancebums collective also presents a collaboration with vocalist/keyboardist Eric Mayson and percussionist Toby Ramaswamy. (7:30 p.m. Oct. 19-21, 2 p.m. Oct. 22, Southern Theater, Mpls., $20-$24, 612-340-0155,


Architecture is key for L.A.-based Diavolo. Commissioned by the Ordway, the two-part “L.O.S.T. (Losing One’s Self Temporarily)” features a giant train that transforms itself and giant cubicles, used for a rumination on the corporate work environment. (7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Ordway Music Theater, St. Paul, $18-$50, 651-224-4222 or

Minnesota Dance Theatre

Catch three world premieres by Minnesota choreographers. Darwin Black collaborates with composer Darryl J. Hoffman; Elayna Waxse explores loss, and Penelope Freeh takes inspiration from Michelangelo’s “prisoner” sculptures, showing human forms emerging from marble blocks. (7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 & 28, 2 p.m. Oct. 29, Cowles Center, Mpls., $24-$36, 612-206-3600 or

James Sewell Ballet

Sewell teams up with New York’s Ahn Trio for a new improvisational work set to Dvorak’s “Romance for Violin and Orchestra.” Also on the program is a new piece by Eric Funk, a contemporary composer based in Big Sky, Mont., plus a fresh arrangement of Prince’s “Purple Rain” featuring the Ahn Trio. (8 p.m. Nov. 3 & 4, 2 p.m. Nov. 5, the O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul, $22-$34, 651-690-6700 or

Arena Dances

It’s unusual to see an evening-length piece performed by a single dancer, an act that requires incredible stamina. Minnesota dancer Timmy Wagner gets the opportunity in the “The Architect,” choreographed by Mathew Janczewski. (8 p.m. Nov. 3 & 4, Cowles Center, Mpls., $18,

Zenon Dance Company

Zenon celebrates 35 years of dance-making with world premieres by New York choreographers Michelle Boulé, Alex Springer and Xan Burley, plus Minnesotan Penelope Freeh’s exploration of the cosmos, specifically the Orion constellation. Old favorites include 1999’s “Ezekiel’s Wheel” by Danny Buraczeski, 2004’s “Blessing of the Earth” by Wynn Fricke and 1992’s “Like an Octopus,” an erotic battle of the sexes by Argentina’s Susana Tambutti. (7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19, Cowles Center, $34,

TU Dance

TU’s fall program includes new works by two New York choreographers — Stefanie Batten Bland, who danced with luminaries such as Bill T. Jones and Pina Bausch, and former Alvin Ailey dancer Marcus Jarrell Willis — plus one by TU’s very own Uri Sands. (8 p.m. Nov. 17 & 18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19, the O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul, $22-$34, 651-690-6700 or