Paul Taylor Dance Company
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts; 4/10 at 6 p.m.; 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., nr. Paul Ave., The Bronx; 718-960-8833
The program is a distillation of the magnificent Mr. Taylor’s repertory—particularly Polaris, one of his purest and most beautiful works (with costumes by Alex Katz), and the monumental Promethean Fire, set to Bach and considered Taylor’s response to 9/11.
Stephen Petronio Company
Joyce Theater; through 4/10; 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St.; 212-242-0800
The talented modern troupe dances in the New York premiere of Petronio’s Underland, set to the dark ballads of Nick Cave, with costumes by Imitation of Christ’s Tara Subkoff. See joyce.org for times.
“Sharing the Legacy”
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College; 4/15 and 4/16 at 8 p.m.; 695 Park Ave., at 68th St.; 212-772-4448
The series dedicated to keeping modern-dance masterpieces alive presents an evening of the work of pioneer Alwin Nikolais, featuring many of the choreographer’s rarely seen works.
Citigroup Theater, the Ailey Studios; through 4/17; 405 W. 55th St.,at Ninth Ave.; 212-405-9000
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s excellent second company performs, with a program including Proximity (Carlos dos Santos’s new ballet exploring interpersonal relationships) and Donald Byrd's complex Shards. See alvinailey.org for program details and times.
Danspace Project, St. Mark's Church ; 4/14-4/16 at 8 p.m.; 131 E. 10th St., at Second Ave.; 212-674-6377
The veteran dance troupe, featuring largely older artists, performs in world premieres by the renowned Carmen de Lavallade and Gus Solomons Jr.