The Chitresh Das Dance Company: Sita Haran
If any classical Indian choreographer is qualified to stage this favorite story from India's famous ancient Hindu text, The Ramayana, it's Kathak master Das. Sept. 26-27, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center (Marina and Buchanan), S.F. $25-$55; 345-7575 or www.kathak.org.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: Fondly Do We Hope; Fervently Do We Pray
The company's 25th anniversary performance looks at the implications of Abraham Lincoln's murder for halted efforts at Reconstruction and the historical fallout. Oct. 1-3 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Novellus Theater, 700 Howard (at Third St.), S.F. $30; 978-2787 or www.ybca.org.
Inkboat: Ame to Ame (Candy and Rain) and Onion
Butoh, the minimalist "dance of darkness" that originated in postwar Japan, takes on whimsy and tenderness in this duet by Shinichi Momo Iova-Koga and Yuko Kaseki that has local critics grasping for words.Oct. 8-10 at ODC Theater, 351 Shotwell (at 18th St.), S.F. $15-$18; 863-9834 or www.odctheater.org.
LINES Ballet: Fall Season 2009
Ever-curious choreographer Alonzo King continues his tradition of head-tilting collaborations. The season includes a world premiere set to avant-garde jazz giant Jason Moran's first ballet score (performed live the first weekend), and the return of the Moroccan Project, inspired by Morocco's Gnawa culture with live music by Moroccan ensemble El Hamideen. Oct. 23-Nov.1. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Novellus Theater, 700 Howard (at Third St.), S.F. $25-$70; 978-2787 or www.ybca.org.
Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Mixed Repertory
Now director of her own company, the beloved muse of ballet revolutionary George Balanchine shows us his work through her eyes. Oct. 24-25. UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall, 2430 Bancroft (at Telegraph), Berkeley. $34-$60; 510-643-2359 or www.calperformances.org.
Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance Theatre: Beautiful Me
One of South Africa's favorite postmodern dancemakers gets honest about finding his personal voice in this solo performance. Nov. 5-7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Forum, 701 Mission (at Third St.), S.F. $25; 978-2787 or www.ybca.org.
DV8 Physical Theatre: To Be Straight with You
One of Britain's most closely watched dance innovators takes on tolerance, religion, and homosexuality in the U.K. in this no-holds-barred dance theater piece. Nov. 12-14 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Novellus Theater, 700 Howard (at Third St.), S.F. $27-39; 978-2787 or www.ybca.org.
Fall Arts Guide
Nicola Luisotti by Chloe Veltman
Five Classical Music and Opera Events to See This Fall by Chloe Veltman
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company by Bonner Odell
Stage Sage: Speculating about this season's theatrical experiments by Chris Jensen
Other Fall Stage Events by Chris Jensen
Harpoons and Harbingers: This fall, visual artists bite, reflect, and cannibalize by Traci Vogel
Art listings compiled by John Graham
HUM525: Hitting the Books: Your required reading for the fall semester by Jonathan Kiefer