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Female-presenting person dances wearing an all-white suit in a dark space.

Jacob’s Pillow‘s newly-streamlined online platform hosts commissioned films, short dance documentaries, PillowTalks, and excerpts from their 90th Anniversary presentation of America(na) to Me—plus, special monthly releases of full-length performances, beautifully shot and edited by Nel Shelby Productions.

In addition to their free content, each monthly release will be available to stream for $15, with unlimited access to watch for six weeks. This series begins with an encore presentation of Dorrance Dance Plays the Pillow, streaming November 7.


Class poster with class information over an image of a dancers legs. Right hand rests over right thigh, as right knee is slightly bent. Dancer wears pointe shoes.

Tony Rizzi, former principal ballet dancer with Ballet Frankfurt will be teaching Intermediate/Advanced Ballet classes at The Dance Complex. This “joy of movement” ballet class incorporates George Balanchine’s stylistic emphasis such as speed, clarity and musicality and  William Forsythe’s approach to ballet. Tuesday, October 25-Thursday, November 3.


"Dances at Noon" poster with collage of 3 images: one showcases Shefali Jain in a pink dress dancing Kathak, the other two showcase Jayanta Banerjee and Satyaprakash Mishra playing their instruments.

Join Dances at Noon in the Jackson Dance Lab at Tufts University for an afternoon of Kathak dance. Kathak is characterized by percussive footwork, intricate rhythms, lush movements, and dramatic storytelling. Facilitated by faculty artist Gretchen Hayden-Ruckert, the event features performances by Shefali Jain and Hindustani musicians Jayanta Banerjee and Satyaprakash Mishra. Free  Friday, October 28, 12-1 PM at 50 Talbot Avenue.


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Hibernian Hall hosts “ALIVE,” a dance theater experience with immersive elements, live music, awe-inspiring visuals, and costumes. Sight, sound, and motion pull you into a world of excitement, joy, and triumph. With a cast of 11 performers, VLA Dance’s  “ALIVE” will take you through the dreamy journey of Ayo, guided by Ubuntu, as they follow their heartbeat. Friday, October 28- November 6 at Hibernian Hall.


"Before, During and After" poster with collage of 4 images: one black and white with multiple dancers arching their backs, one with a dancer on the floor lifting one bent leg to chest with projections over them, one with an enthusiastic dancer reaching arms across their chest and backwards while lookig forward and smiling, and one black and white image of a dancer raching one arm up and one arm down.

Tony Rizzi and the Bad Habits perform Before, During and After (working with William Forsythe) at Complex@Canal using humor to tell stories and to reflect on the key impulses that contributed to the uniqueness, magic and myth of Forsythe and his dancers. Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29 at 8 PM, Sunday, October 30 at 7 PM.


"Side by Side" poster with two dancers: one in a purple leotard over a pink foggy background jumps with both legs bend towards her left and arms rounded to her right, and one over a blue background in a navy blue dress reaches back off balance falling forward over her right pointe shoe in a passé with her left leg.

Side by Side, a double-bill performance conceived by Tony Williams, Artistic Director of City Ballet of Boston, and Katherine Hooper,  Artistic Director of BoSoma Dance Company, offers a wide range of 21st-century original and newly re-staged works including a fresh look at Jose Limon’s iconic The Moor’s Pavane. Friday, October 28- Sunday, October 30 at the Boston Center for the Arts.


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Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre hosts an Open House at its Dorchester location. Join for free trial classes for ages 3-6 and a performance by YouthWorksSaturday, October 29, 9:00 AM – 1:45 PM.


Shefali Jain on stage in a pink dress dances Kathak in front of a live group of musicians.

Kathak & Sitar: Music and Dance of North India  Wellesley College presents kathak artist Shefali Jain with special guests Jayanta Banerjee on sitar and Satyaprakash Mishra on tabla. Presented in a traditional, intimate style of a mehfil or house concert – the audience will get to experience dance, music, and the often improvised exchange between the two Sunday, October 30, 4 PM, at Pendleton West 201. A video will be posted within a week.


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Soumaya Marose & Lionesses El Atlas present Madarej el Nagham, Lebanese Night: A journey through food, music, dance & culture featuring Georgre Maalouf’s Ensemble & debut choreography by Shadia Sunday, October 30, 3:30-9:00 PM at Byblos Restaurant, 678 Washington St., Norwood.


"La survivance" poster with multiple photos of people, some black and white, some in color, some still and others with movement.La Survivance: An Evening Celebrating French Canadian Heritage will be presented at The Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket RI on Sunday, October 30, at 5 PM. La Survivance: An Evening Celebrating French Canadian Heritage promises a night filled with original dance and live music celebrating the vibrant Franco-American history in the Blackstone Valley.


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Mitchell Rose, former choreographer and performing artist, has released his new film made with Bebe MillerBlue Study on Facebook. Two minutes long and one year in the making. 70 women weave together a choreographic thread in a study that takes a closer view.


Six artsist stand in BCA's cyclorama looking at a wall. Blue and pink large paintings are scattered on the floor.

OPEN CALL: Calling all Boston BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), immigrant, new American artists and their collaborators! BCA’s ACTivate Residency is now accepting applications to support artists who want to explore an idea or concept in their iconic Cyclorama. Application deadline is this Sunday, October 30, by 11 PM.


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A new cycle of the Performing Arts Discovery (PAD) program opens in November, and they are looking for more applicants from New England. Prior experience with international touring is not required, but artists must demonstrate readiness to tour internationally and have work ready to tour within the next three years. PAD especially encourages those who self-identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ to apply.


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For those who celebrate it, may the lights of Diwali fill you with joy!

Election Day is right around the corner so if you are a US citizen have a plan to vote in these crucial midterms. Find your in-person voting place here. If you’re planning to vote by mail, make sure you apply for your application today. Mail-in and civilian absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 8 and received by election officials by 5pm on Saturday, November 12.

Best wishes,

Debra Cash, Executive Director