"Neel: Blutopias of Radical Dreaming": Choreographer Ananya Chatterjea has never shied away from such big issues as racism, social justice, violence against women and war, but she also knows how to take her audience on a transcendent journey using her unique blend of the Indian dance form Odissi, yoga and Chau, a martial arts technique. “Neel: Blutopias of Radical Dreaming” enters into the realm of women’s dreams where beauty, horror, sensuality and joy all exist. “Neel” is Bangla for “blues,” while “Blutopia” is the name of a short piece created by Duke Ellington in 1944, so it’s fitting that Chatterjea’s latest work (marking her Ananya Dance Theatre’s 10th anniversary) is all about the musical eloquence of pain and pleasure. Along with 10 ADT dancers, the work features guest performer Shá Cage, plus a stirring, almost psychedelic score from composer Greg Schutte, text by Sharon Bridgforth and soaring recorded vocals from Chastity Brown, Mankwe Ndosi and Pooja Goswami.

8 p.m. Sept. 18-20 • $20-$30 • Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av., Mpls. • 612-206-3600 • www.thecowlescenter.org

“The Main Street Project”: Choreographer Mathew Janczewski ponders whether small-town America still exists as a gathering point for people across the generations. Or perhaps it’s a virtual place now, defined by all the different avenues social media forms offer. The members of Arena Dances may not find answers in this work, but they are certainly not alone in asking these questions. On Sept. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard (1500 Washington Av. S., Mpls.) get a sneak peek of the work’s images by photographers Jake Armour, Keri Pickett and Wing Young Huie that will be projected on walls around the city in connection with “The Main Street Project” premiere.

8 p.m. Oct. 2-4, 2 p.m. Oct. 5 • $20-$25 • Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Av. S., Mpls. • 612-340-0155 • www.southerntheater.org

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker: When the Belgian choreographer created the groundbreaking dance work “Rosas danst Rosas” 31 years ago, she probably didn’t realize what a stir it would inspire in postmodern dance circles. She certainly couldn’t have imagined that a 21st-century pop star named Beyoncé would use snippets of “Rosas” in her recent music video “Countdown.” This production is sleek, technically rigorous, fiercely feminist and still relevant. A must-see for any dance fan — and it’s Queen Bey-approved.

8 p.m. Oct. 15-17 • $32 • Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av., Mpls. • 612-375-7600 • www.walkerart.org

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal: Making its Minneapolis debut, this troupe led by artistic director Louis Robitaille offers a hybrid take on movement, drawing upon elements of jazz, contemporary dance and theater in a repertory featuring a host of internationally renowned choreographers. The Northrop program includes Benjamin Millepied’s “Closer,” set to a Philip Glass score, plus Wen Wai Wang’s gritty “Night Box” and the folk-dance infused “Harry” by Israeli-American choreographer Barak Marshall. Céline Cassone is a standout in a company filled with excellent dancers.

8 p.m. Oct. 24 • $38-$58 • Northrop Auditorium, 84 SE. Church St., Mpls. • 612-624-2345 • www.northrop.umn.edu

The Right Here Showcase: Paul Herwig, co-artistic-director of the Ivey and Sage award-winning company Off-Leash Area, presents a brand-new juried festival featuring contemporary dance, butoh, movement theater and puppetry artists all based, well, right here in Minnesota. The inaugural effort spotlights an exciting array of talent including Bart Buch, Kym Longhi, Gadu Fukasawa Schmitz, Rosy Simas, Deborah Jinza Thayer and Vanessa Voskuil. A terrific sampler of the arts community’s most innovative perspectives.

7:30 & 9 p.m. Nov. 14-16 & 21-23 • $10-$25 suggested donation • Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av., Mpls. • 612-724-7372 • www.righthereshowcase.weebly.com

TU Dance: Led by Uri Sands and Toni Pierce-Sands, TU has established itself as a top Twin Cities company. The St. Paul-based troupe’s Ordway performance last spring was an artistic revelation, and TU is on a roll as it enters its 11th season. This fall’s performance includes a new work by Icelandic choreographer Katrin Hall, whose credits include the Iceland Dance Company and a Shakira video. The program will also feature selections from TU’s rich repertory.

8 p.m. Nov. 21-22, 2 p.m. Nov. 23, $11-$29 • the O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Av., St. Paul • 651-690-6700 • www.oshaughnessy.stkate.edu