EMILY JOHNSON/CATALYST Johnson, an Indigenous artist of Yup’ik ancestry, creates with enormous care, weaving many-layered works whose threads extend both back into history and out into the present world. Like much of her art, the new work “Being Future Being” combines movement, story, imagery and sound and involves a remarkable group of collaborators, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Indigenous composer Raven Chacon. (Oct. 20-22, New York Live Arts)
MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP The Beatles got the Mark Morris treatment — reverent irreverence — in 2017’s “Pepperland.” Now Morris takes on the music of Burt Bacharach, in “The Look of Love.” The evening-length work features 14 Bacharach songs in new arrangements by Ethan Iverson, with costumes by the frequent Morris collaborator Isaac Mizrahi. (Oct. 20-23, BroadStage, Santa Monica; Oct. 26-29, The Kennedy Center)
NEW YORK THEATER BALLET Directed for 44 years by its founder Diana Byer, this small but well-regarded troupe has a new leader: Steven Melendez, a former dancer with the company and an alum of its educational outreach program. For his first season, Melendez has programmed a collection of masterworks by Martha Clarke, José Limón, Jerome Robbins and Antony Tudor. (Oct. 21-23, Florence Gould Hall)
JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The capitol’s arts hub presents a mix of American and international companies this fall. Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan returns with “13 Tongues,” a work by its new artistic director, Cheng Tsung-lung, based on his childhood memories of Taipei (Oct. 20-22). Mark Morris Dance Group performs his Burt Bacharach tribute “The Look of Love” (Oct. 26-29). Les Ballets de Monte Carlo makes its Kennedy Center debut with Jean-Christophe Maillot’s postmodern take on “Cinderella” (Nov. 17-20). Kansas City Ballet brings its “Nutcracker,” continuing the Kennedy Center’s tradition of highlighting “Nutcracker” productions from around the country (Nov. 23-27). And Ballet Hispánico dances Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s impressionistic portrait of Eva Perón, “Doña Perón” (Nov 30-Dec 3).
PERFORMANCE SPACE NEW YORK This East Village theater has positioned its programming this year as a “healing series,” exploring the restorative power of live art. The first half of the series includes multifaceted works on that theme by Niall Jones, Monica Mirabile and Moriah Evans. Open Movement, a Performance Space tradition offering free improvisation sessions and workshops each Sunday, also returns. (Oct. 24-Dec. 18)
CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS The Apollo Theater and the Joyce Theater join forces to present Brown’s extraordinary trilogy of works — created as stand-alone dances over the past decade — that examine perceptions of Black identity. “Mr. TOL E. RAncE,” an ode to African American humor, and “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play,” a homage to the rhythmic games of Black girlhood, will run first at the Joyce (Oct. 25-30). “ink,” a time-traveling celebration of movements and rituals from the African diaspora, concludes the series at the Apollo (Nov. 4-5).