Zenon Dance Company

The troupe celebrates its 33rd spring season with a world premiere by New York-based choreographer Sam Kim, originally from Seoul, who lived in Minnesota as a young person. Kim’s non-narrative and often dark, surrealistic work should make a good match with the Zenon dancers, who soar in that kind of experimental performance. The concert also marks the final performance of veteran company member Stephen Schroeder, who has performed with Zenon since 2001. Besides the Kim world premiere, Zenon will present Joanna Kotze’s recent work “Rouge,” Wynn Fricke’s “The Mourning Tree” and Danny Buraczeski’s 1988 jazz work “Merry Go Round,” set to music by Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band. (8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., through May 15. Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls, $34, 612-206-3600, thecowlescenter.org)


Blaq, a new Twin Cities dance company, will perform as part of an showcase curated by Shá Cage. Led by artistic director Deja Stowers, Blaq is dedicated to using art to strengthen the black community, while pushing accepted ideas of performance. Its debut piece “BLAQGospel” combines dance, writing, discussion and ASL interpretation. Also: Performance artist Zainab Musa explores land, citizenship, body and sexuality in a new piece, “Would you be my friend if I danced like this?” And Adlyn Carreras and Pedro R. Bayon mine their 20-year relationship and marriage for “And Because Love Battles, Mi Amor,” a bilingual exploration of love. (7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat., Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., $12-$15, 612-871-4444 or intermediaarts.org)

‘Cinderella 1944: A Love Story’

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota sets the fairy tale during World War II, combining classical ballet and swing dancing set to an original music compilation. Artistic Director Denise Vogt traveled to England to research the libretto, interviewing relatives and family friends about their wartime experiences and the culture of the time period. Natalie Rossie stars as Cinderella and Raydel Caceres as a U.S. Army Air Corps captain. (7 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun., Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Av. S., Burnsville, $18-$34, 1-800-982-2787 or ames-center.com)


The collaborative group Dancebums teams with music ensemble 6 Families for a Mother’s Day-themed work tailor-made to please their mothers — and why not? Moms are often a young artist’s first supporters, biggest fans and toughest critic. (7 p.m. Sat. & Sun., Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls, $8-16, 612-825-8949, bryantlakebowl.com)