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2005 Summer Arts Preview
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The Lookout: Dance

"Illuminated Dances": The Windhover Dance Company's major offering this year is an evening of choreography based on paintings and sculpture. Director Ina Hahn's new work focuses on Cape Ann sculptors; her 1989 "Las Meninas" is inspired by the art of Velasquez and Picasso. The New York-based Dusan Tynek Dance Company joins in with "Camera Illuminata," inspired by the paintings of greats including Degas and Caravaggio. Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, Rockport, July 22-31. 978-546-3611; www.windhover.org.

Stockholm/59° North: Principals and soloists of the Royal Swedish Ballet. These superb dancers perform a program of works by contemporary Scandinavian choreographers: Mats Ek, Jorma Elo, and Kenneth Kvarnstrom. Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, August 3-7. 413-243-0745; www.jacobspillow.org.

"3 Women Solo: A Special Evening With Sara Rudner, Dana Reitz, and Christine Uchida": Dancers do not like to think of themselves as grandes dames, a designation that has an earthbound, weighty feel. So we'll leave it that these three are among the greatest modern dancers of the last quarter-century, having performed for and with the likes of Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Any one of them would be a must-see in a solo show; the three together are unmissable. Summer Stages Dance, Concord Academy, Concord, July 28. 978-402-2339; www.summerstagesdance.org.

Black Grace: This New Zealand-based company of Pacific Island and Maori dancers was a smashing success at its US debut at Jacob's Pillow last year, so it has been invited back. The company weaves together movement both contemporary and taken from ancient sources, along with text, percussion, and an irresistible way of engaging with the audience. Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, Aug. 24-28. 413-243-0745; www.jacobspillow.org.

Lava: This all-female troupe's style is an amalgam of acrobatics, gymnastics, and even wrestling. Lava presents its new work in progress, "(w)HOLE," short for the Whole History of Life on Earth, this summer. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Aug. 26-27. 413-662-2111; www.massmoca.org.

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