Montreal-based choreographer Édouard Lock and his sensational company La La La Human Steps present the New York premiere of “Amelia” a “turbulent yet serene” dance in which one couple after another whirls onstage, touching, grasping, lifting in intense and electrifying ways. Set to Velvet Underground songs, performed live and abstracted by New York composer David Lang, co-founder of Bang on a Can. With costumes by Vandal. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. at Flatbush Ave. Tickets are $20, $40 and $60 at 718-636-4100. Feb. 3—5 at 7:30 p.m.
Thomas/Ortiz Dance present its fourth New York season, including a world premiere for nine dancers, a solo about a young woman’s struggle with breast cancer and the duet “For Love or Grace.” Joyce SoHo, 55 Mercer St. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, students at 212-431-9233. Feb. 3-6 at 8 p.m.
Polly Motley presents “Dancing the Numbers,” a work that uses the numerical series discovered by a 12th century mathematician as its basis for both temporal and spatial structure. Each number in the series is the sum of the two preceding numbers, and as the series progresses the dance becomes “a mesmerizing feat of concentration.” Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 10th St. at Second Ave. Admission is $15 or TDF at 212-674-8194. Feb. 3-6 at 8:30 p.m.
One Night Only! 651 ARTS presents its annual “Black Dance: Tradition and Transformation” series as part of its Black History Month festivities. This year’s presentation features one of the leading African-American contemporary dance companies in the world, Ronald K. BrownEvidence, celebrating its 20th anniversary with performances of “Grace,” “For You”, “Come Ye,” and the world premiere of Dance for Peace set to Terry Riley’s music by the Kronos Quartet. As part of this special event, the Grammy-winning Gordon Chambers will perform Donny Hathaway’s music live in “For You,” a solo originally created to honor the passing of American Dance Festival co-director Stephanie Reinhart. BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., near Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. Tickets are $20-$40 at 718-636-4100 at the Box Office at 30 Lafayette Ave., near the theater. Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.
Celebrate the lunar New Year with Chinese Folk Dance Company and special guest artists from the CBA Cultural Arts Center. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, 566 LaGuardia Pl. at Washington Square So. Tickets are $22-$32 at 212-992-8484 or skirballcenter.nyu.edu. Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 13 at 2 p.m.