1Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, performing “Fondly Do We Hope . . . Fervently Do We Pray” at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, Feb. 24-25. Jones, a recent Kennedy Center honoree, has his hands full here, but the result is impressive. He incorporates video, a rock band, a movable decor of pillars and drapes, actors reading excerpts of Abraham Lincoln’s speeches, and his excellent dancers into a multilayered tapestry of observations and emotions surrounding the Great Emancipator and his complicated legacy.
2Paul Taylor Dance Company, performing three recent works: “Three Dubious Memories,” “Brief Encounters” and his tribute to vaudeville, “Also Playing,” at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, March 22-24. Taylor has a uniquely theatrical, witty style, which he combines with dancers of uncommon virtuosity.
3Lucinda Childs Dance at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, April 21-22. Childs rose out of the experimental wing of New York dance in the 1960s and is known for her collaborations with composers John Adams and Steve Reich. But we’ll see a revival of her first work set to music: her evening-length 1979 piece “Dance,” with music by Philip Glass. In it, her dancers interact with projected images from the original Sol LeWitt film.
4Martha Graham Company, performing “Essential Graham,” April 22 at McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. This 386-seat venue will make for an intimate setting to view such evergreen Graham works as “Appalachian Spring” as the company celebrates its 85th anniversary.
5Trisha Brown Dance Company, performing April 30 at George Mason University Center for the Arts. Brown, like Childs a product of the rethinking, boundary-busting 1960s ferment in dance, is revered for her cerebral approach to abstract movement. Her troupe performs a new work, “Pygmalion,” along with repertory pieces.