Six bodies dance beneath an enormous, puffy, snow-white, suspended ceiling that eventually erupts, releasing a blizzard of plastic grocery bags that float down to become part of the performance. It's Weather, the opening dance event of UCLA's 2013-14 season, and the calling card for Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin's local debut. Guerin was connected with several New York modern dance troupes before returning home to Australia, where her work is credited with raising that country's international profile in contemporary dance. In Weather, Guerin reflects on the way weather affects human behavior and emotion, as well as referencing Australia's heightened awareness of drought, wildfire and flood as meteorological consequences of climate change. With Colorado awash in flood water, the massive Yosemite wildfire finally under containment, and predictions of another record-breaking tornado season, Guerin's explorations certainly are timely. Come early for a chance to further explore the subject in a preperformance event with UCLA's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies. The announced Thurs. show has been cancelled due to visa issues. Ticketholders can switch their Thursday tickets to the Friday show. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Wstwd.; Fri., Oct. 4, 8 p.m.; $30-$50. (310) 825-2101,

Fri., Oct. 4, 8 p.m., 2013

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