Sept. 29 to Oct. 9: Pina Bausch's 'Vollmond'
"Vollmond" ("Full Moon"). A water-soaked dance piece from the late, great Pina Bausch, will run as part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The choreographer's company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, will perform the work in which dancers spin, writhe and cavort while subjected to various kinds of onstage water effects.
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 7:30 p.m. $25-$85. http://www.bam.org
Sept. 30 to Oct. 2: Project Bandaloop
The aerial-acrobatic troupe known as Project Bandaloop returns to the Orange County Performing Arts Center this fall to stage a series of free, outdoor performances on the exterior of the Cesar Pelli-designed Segerstrom Hall. The San Francisco-based company will debut a new piece, "Id Ego," and perform "The Second Ninth." Audiences can expect all sorts of gravity-defying acts that include scaling and rappelling on the sides of tall buildings.
OCPAC, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Free. http://www.ocpac.org
Sept. 30 to Oct. 3: Mark Morris Dance Group
The modern-dance choreographer brings three of his recent works to Berkeley for their West Coast premieres — "Behemoth," "Looky" and "Socrates." In the spring, Morris' company will come to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to perform "L'Allegro" in a co-production with the Music Center and L.A. Opera.
Zellerbach Hall, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m., Sunday. $34-$72. http://www.markmorrisdancegroup.org
Oct. 14 to 17: Tere O'Connor's "Wrought Iron Fog"
Considered one of the leading contemporary dance choreographers in the United States, O'Connor brings his latest work, "Wrought Iron Fog," to downtown L.A. for a three-day engagement. A five-member ensemble will enact a series of densely arranged movements that are intended to provoke reflection about the relationship between the body and space.
REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $16 for Thursday and Friday, $20 for Saturday and Sunday. http://www.redcat.org
Oct. 23: Helios Dance Theatre
The L.A.-based Helios Dance Theatre will debut its latest work, "Beautiful Monsters," as part of UCLA Live's 2010-11 season. The piece, choreographed by Helios artistic director Laura Gorenstein Miller, evokes a dreamscape world of childhood nightmares that is both ephemeral and tangible.
Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, L.A. 8 p.m., $28-$63. http://www.uclalive.org
Oct. 27, 29-30: Angelin Preljocaj
French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj brings his piece "Empty Moves (parts I & II)" to the Next Wave Festival. The work is accompanied by excerpts from John Cage's "Empty Words," recorded at a 1977 performance that features boos from the audience.
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 7:30 p.m. $20-$55. http://www.bam.org
Oct. 30: Sankai Juku
The contemporary Butoh dance company will present its piece "Hibiki" as part of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's JapanOC festival. The festival, a collaboration with New York's Carnegie Hall, will explore Japanese arts and culture through a series of performances that are scheduled through 2011.
Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. 8 p.m., $35-$60. http://www.thebarclay.org and http://www.philharmonicsociety.org
Nov. 5 to 7: Corella Ballet Castilla y León
Spain's classical ballet company arrives at the Music Center for a three-day engagement during which it will perform five pieces — "DGV" and "For 4" by Christopher Wheeldon; Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, choreographed by Clark Tippet; "Clear" by Stanton Welch; and "Solea" by flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés.
Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $25 to $105. http://www.musiccenter.org
Nov. 10 to 14: Ralph Lemon's "How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere"
Put on your conceptual thinking caps for experimental artist Ralph Lemon's latest performance piece, a hybrid work that brings together dance and video imagery to create a vaguely science fiction story loosely based on the life of a former sharecropper. High-toned references include nods to Andrei Tarkovsky's movie "Solaris" and much more.
REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $20, Wednesday through Friday; $30, Saturday and Sunday. http://www.redcat.org