The week ahead in SoCal dance, Oct. 7-14: Diavolo, Festival Ballet Theatre and more


Company Wayne McGregor The London-based troupe stages “Autobiography,” featuring 23 short pieces inspired by choreographer McGregor’s personal DNA sequence. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. $20 and up. Sun., 2 p.m. $20 and up. (213) 972-0711.

David Roussève/REALITY The company presents the world premiere of Roussève’s “Halfway to Dawn,” a salute to jazz great and activist Billy Strayhorn. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Sun., 3 p.m. $20-$30. (213) 237-2800.

Laguna Dance Festival The four-day showcase concludes with duets and solos by principal dancers from Ballet West, San Francisco Ballet and National Ballet of Canada, plus repertory excerpts by Complexions and Diavolo — Architecture in Motion. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Sun., 2 p.m. $35-$65. (949) 497-2787.


Mon Élue Noire — Sacre #2 (My Black Chosen One — Rite #2) In this CAP UCLA presentation, veteran Senegalese dancer Germaine Acogny performs the West Coast premiere of Olivier Dubois’ dance-theater work, part of the Ballet du Nord artistic director’s series of dances inspired by Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater, Kaufman Hall, UCLA, 120 Westwood Plaza, Westwood. Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Oct. 7. $49. (310) 825-2101.

The Short+Sweet Hollywood Dance Festival Two distinct programs showcase live performances (Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.) and live performances plus dance on film (Sat.-next Sun., 7:30 p.m.). Marilyn Monroe Theatre, Lee Strasberg Creative Center, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. $15.

Burlesque & Inferno American Contemporary Ballet presents “Burlesque,” a new ballet by artistic director Lincoln Jones and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen, plus an encore of Jones and Wuorinen’s Dante-inspired work; contains partial nudity and adult situations. American Contemporary Ballet, 700 S. Flower St., Suite 3200, L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Oct. 31. $45-$90; opening night only, $200-$500. (213) 304-3408.

Diavolo — Architecture in Motion The company returns with a program that includes the West Coast premiere of “Voyage”; presented by Dance at the Music Center. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $20 and up. (213) 972-0711.

Discover Dance Benita Bike’s DanceArt performs a family-friendly show. Lake View Terrace Library, 12002 Osborne St., Sylmar. Sat., 2 p.m. Free. (818) 470-5734.

Modern Moves Los Angeles Ballet stages Balanchine’s “Western Symphony,” plus works by choreographers Aszure Barton and Alejandro Cerrudo. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $36-$104. (310) 998-7782. (Also in Redondo Beach, Oct. 20)


Ovation Festival Ballet Theatre performs contemporary works by local choreographers. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Sat., 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $35-$45. (949) 854-4646.