This week's dance events include the return of Nederlands Dance Theater, the debut of a new company and a local company that keeps getting better and better.
5. Sacred survivors dance
Composed of Cambodian children orphaned by the Khmer Rouge's genocide, the Sacred Dancers of Angkor arrive for a week of events celebrating Cambodia's classical, folk and sacred dance, and survival. This is the first of two public performances. For a complete list of events go to www.nkfc.org/ustour. At Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater, Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach; Sat., Oct. 19, 7 p.m., $25, 562-985-7000, www.nkfcmartha.eventbrite.com. Also Colburn School of Music, Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Mon., Oct. 21, 7 p.m., $25-$100, 213-621-2200 www.nkfczipper.eventbrite.com.
4. Dancing with glass
After more than half a century, Nederlands Dans Theater 1 continues to defy its age, with current artistic director Paul Lightfoot recruiting edgy choreographers such as Sol León and NDT dancer Medhi Walerski. This visit, NDT gives a nod to the ongoing L.A. celebration of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with Walerski's Chamber, which draws on a score by Joby Talbot, not Stravinsky. The other choreographers contribute the U.S. premiere of Same Difference and the West Coast premiere of Shoot the Moon, both set to music of Philip Glass. At the Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Fri.-Sat., Oct. 18-19, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 20, 2 p.m., $34-$125. 213-972-7211, www.musiccenter.org.
3. A contemporary quartet of new works
With each performance, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company just keeps getting better and better. This program promises more riveting dance with new works from four choreographers. Mark Tomasic considers the temporary insanity of love; Andrew Pearson provides a new-age minuet; Melissa "MJ" Jackson looks at giving oneself over to an experience without expectation or control; and artistic director Kate Hutter contemplates the complex humanity that lies beneath simplified categorization. At Diavolo Performance Space, 616 Moulton Ave., dwntwn.; Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 24-26, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 27, 7 p.m., $20 online, $25 at door., 323-225-4290 www.lacdc.brownpapertickets.com.
2. Dancers in tip-tap shape
Lind Sohl-Ellison and the tappers of her troupe Rhapsody in Taps are backed by live jazz, percussion and world music for this 32nd edition of their annual show. The program includes Latin jazz, bucket drumming, stick percussion, klezmer, a tribute to the late tap master Eddie Brown and the music of Louie Bellson, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Learn more and get tickets at www.rhapsodyintaps.com. At Aratani Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., dwntwn.; Sat., Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., $25-$40, 213-680-3700.
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1. Barak Ballet makes its move
Although her work has been widely seen locally with other companies, this is the official debut of choreographer Melissa Barak's eponymous contemporary ballet company, Barak Ballet. L.A.-born and trained, Barak danced with New York City Ballet and later Los Angeles Ballet while building a national reputation as a neoclassical choreographer. It's a tribute to L.A.'s emerging stature as a force in the ballet world that Barak chose her hometown to establish her ballet troupe. Her choreography is on the bill alongside works by Danielle Agami and Pascal Rioult. Learn more about the company and buy tickets at www.barakballet.org. The show is at the Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Thurs., Oct. 24, 8 p.m., $45-$125. 310-434-3200, www.thebroadstage.com.
See also: Melissa Barak, The Rebel Ballerina