Eleven months ago, choreographer Danielle Agami relocated from Seattle to L.A. with her shift key–challenged Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY. She arrived with a reputation earned as a dancer with Israel's Batsheva Dance Company and as a proponent of Gaga, the innovative movement aethestic of Batsheva artistic director Ohad Naharin. Since arriving, the nine-member Ate9 has been popping up at local festivals, its calling card usually sections of the full-length Sally Meets Stu, which will be performed in its entirety tonight. Ate9 has been seemingly everywhere in the last month: Agami worked with Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project for the dance component of the headphone opera Invisible Cities, which just concluded at Union Station, and for the recent debut of Barak Ballet, Agami created a Gaga-infused solo that put artistic director/ballerina Melissa Barak flat on the stage, moving in a distinctly un-balletic, Butoh-esque manner. That slo-mo aspect (as well as Gaga's explosive elements) also were evident earlier this week as Ate9 took over Grand Park for the Thursday noontime Grand Park Moves! But what about that name? Agami says it's part of a kid's joke, “Why is six afraid? Because seven eight (ate) nine.” While that doesn't explain the curious capitalization, a choreographer with a sense of humor should always be welcomed. Fais Do-do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., dwntwn.; Sat., Nov. 23, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., $25, $20 students. brownpapertickets.com/event/494437.

Sat., Nov. 23, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2013

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