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Winter dance preview: Special engagements liven scene

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Special projects by hometown favorites and some intriguing visitors distinguish themselves in a busy calendar in dance as this season continues. Here are 10 engagements worth anticipating:

Mummenschanz: The one-of-a-kind troupe, nominally based in Switzerland but, in fact, firmly implanted in a fantasy land of the mind, returns after a long absence as part of its 40th anniversary tour. As usual, it promises to employ masks and ordinary objects with startling originality. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.; $10-$55 at 312-334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org

Hamburg Ballet: The renowned company makes its Chicago debut with John Neumeier's "Nijinsky," based on the life and work of that iconic and immortally compelling superstar-genius-madman. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 at the Harris; $30-$75, 312-334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org

"Duets for My Valentine": The Chicago Dance Crash presents this annual assortment of works tailored to the romantically inclined, a fine introduction to the art of dance for novices and great fun for everybody. 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave.; $27 at 773-935-6875 or athenaeumtheatre.com

Joffrey Ballet: In a program titled "American Legends," Chicago's premier classical troupe offers a welcome look at the artistry of Stanton Welch, artistic director of the Houston Ballet, who's creating a new work to share a bill with revivals of Jerome Robbins' "Interplay," Gerald Arpino's "Sea Shadow" and Twyla Tharp's "Nine Sinatra Songs." 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 15, 21 and 22; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23; and 2 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24; the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway; $31-$152 at 800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com/auditorium

zoe | juniper: The Seattle-based wife-and-husband team of Zoe Scofield, choreographer, and Juniper Shuey, sculptor and visual artist, offer its collaborative and deliciously titled "A Crack in Everything," inspired by "The Oresteia." 8 p.m. Feb. 14, 15 and 16, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave.; $26-$30 at 312-369-8330 or colum.edu/dance_center

Thodos Dance Chicago: Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos premiere an original one-act work, "A Light in the Dark," inspired by the life of Helen Keller. 8 p.m. March 2 and 3 p.m. March 3 at the Harris; $20-$60; 312-334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: In a bold break with tradition, the troupe is in town for a two-week run, its longest visit in years, offering three separate programs as part of its stay. 7:30 p.m. March 8, 13, 14 and 15; 2 and 8 p.m. March 9 and 16; and 3 p.m. March 10 and 17; the Auditorium; $32-$92 at 800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com/auditorium

Luna Negra Dance Theater: Spain is the focus of the troupe's spring collection, boasting a new work by that country's Fernando Hernando Magadan (performed live with the Turtle Island Quartet), a revival of his "Naked Ape" and a premiere by company dancer Monica Cervantes. 8 p.m. March 9 at the Harris; $25-$65; 312-334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: A long-in-the-works collaboration comes to fruition when Alonzo King and his LINES Ballet team up with the Hubbard dancers for his new work. 7:30 p.m. March 14, 8 p.m. March 15 and 16 and 3 p.m. March 17 at the Harris; $25-$99 at 312-334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org

River North Dance Chicago: The company and its artistic director, Frank Chaves, join Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic for an exploration of Afro-Cuban culture in dance and music in this major endeavor. 8 p.m. April 13 at the Auditorium; $32-$76; 800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com/auditorium

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