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By Jeffrey Gantz
Globe Correspondent / May 22, 2011

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PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Truly a living legend of modern dance, 80-year-old Paul Taylor is always worth another look. His company spends Memorial Day weekend in Great Barrington with a work from 2010, “Three Dubious Memories’’ (set to a score by Lenox-based composer Peter Elyakim Taussig), and a quartet of older ones: “Promethean Fire’’ (2002), the Andrews Sisters-inspired “Company B’’ (1991), “Black Tuesday’’ (2001), and “Polaris’’ (1976). May 28-29. $22-$72. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. 413-528-0100,

LORRAINE CHAPMAN THE COMPANY Tabbed by Boston magazine as one of its “25 to Watch’’ back in 2008, Lorraine Chapman is the current dance residency artist at the Boston Center for the Arts. Her company is bringing to the BCA a new evening-length work, “Safe Space,’’ that, part dance and part theater, will look to adopt the techniques of Polish experimental-theater director Jerzy Grotowski whereby the outer body expresses the inner being. June 3-4. $15. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston. 617-933-8600,

DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s third annual Harvard Square festival will present a full Saturday of performances on one indoor and three outdoor stages, and then a Sunday of “Talk About Dance.’’ It’s a wonderful way to sample the many and varied offerings of local groups. June 11-12. Free. Old Cambridge Baptist Church and environs, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,

JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL America’s longest-running dance festival celebrates its 79th season with another power-packed lineup, along with, as always, a multitude of exhibits and talks and free performances on its Inside/Out stage. Highlights include Ballet Genève’s barefoot “Romeo and Juliet,’’ to the Prokofiev score (June 22-26), 3e Étage: Soloists and Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (Aug. 3-7), and Mark Morris Dance Group in its 30th anniversary (Aug. 24-28). Festival runs June 18-Aug. 28. $23.50-$69.50. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. 413-243-0745,

THE FLOORLORDS Thirty years after they first hit the streets of Boston, this b-boy crew, who have performed with the likes of the Beastie Boys, Madonna, and Run-DMC, come home for an anniversary concert, “Return the Burn.’’ Presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art and Alliger Arts, it will include current and former members plus Dynasty Rockers from France and Fresh Format from Canada. June 25. $15-$25. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3103,

BATES DANCE FESTIVAL Now in its 29th year, this Maine institution continues to host high-profile acts. Camille A. Brown & Dancers (July 15-16) are bringing “The Groove to Nobody’s Business,’’ a work commissioned by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. There’s also a couple of reprises from the past World Music/CRASHarts season: Nicholas Leichter Dance in “The Whiz’’ (July 21, 23) and David Dorfman Dance in “Prophets of Funk — Dance to the Music’’ (Aug. 5-6). Festival runs July 1-Aug. 13. $6-$24. Bates College’s Schaeffer Theatre, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6381,

BARD SUMMERSCAPE 2011 Of all the outlandish dance interpretations of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,’’ none is stranger than the sight of Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen romping about bare-chested and in a poofy skirt in “HUNT’’ (2002). It’s part of the Tero Saarinen Company’s “Triple Bill,’’ with his “Westward Ho!’’ (1996) and “Wavelengths’’ (2000), that will launch this year’s typically distinguished Bard SummerScape, July 7-10. Festival runs July 7-Aug. 21. $25-$55. Bard College’s Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 845-758-7900,

SUMMER REUNION Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy and the Institute of Contemporary Art team up for this very special event that will bring together six alumni of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company who are now themselves choreographers. The performances by Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Seán Curran Company, Lawrence Goldhuber/Big Man Arts, Heidi Latsky Dance, and Andrea E. Woods/Souloworks will be followed by a conversation in which they discuss Jones’s legacy. (Beller returns to the ICA with her company’s “other stories,’’ a collaboration with composer and Band of Susans founder Robert Poss, July 23 as part of the series Co Lab: Process + Performance.) July 15-16. $22-$25. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 978-402-2339, 617-478-3103,,

SUMMER STAGES DANCE AT CONCORD ACADEMY It celebrates its 15th anniversary with a special performance by Philadelphia-based breakers Illstyle & Peace Productions July 28 at Concord Academy. The action moves to the Institute of Contemporary Art July 30, with David Parker & the Bang Group in the free family event “Backward and in Heels,’’ followed by a Choreographers’ Project showcase that will feature an original piece by Edissa Weeks. July 28-30. $22-$150. Concord Academy, Concord, and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 978-402-2339,

MASSACHUSETTS DANCE FESTIVAL Like José Mateo’s Dance for World Community Festival, this now annual event is a great introduction to the Commonwealth’s dance scene. It takes place in Boston its first weekend and Amherst its second, with the first day of each weekend devoted to professional companies and the second to emerging artists and student groups. Aug. 13-14 and 27-28. $20-$25. Boston University Dance Theater, Boston, and UMass-Amherst’s University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Bowker Auditorium and Totman Building, Amherst. 508-429-7577,