Here’s where and when you can catch some of the blossoming roots celebrations.
Riverdance New York’s Radio City Music Hall, through Oct. 20; Chicago’s Rosemont Theatre, Oct.24-Nov. 10; L.A.’s Pantages Theatre, Nov. 15-Dec. 1; Boston’s Wang Center, Jan. 10-26; the Twin Cities’ Orpheum Theatre, Feb. 11-23 (Ticketmaster or local outlets).
Tap Dogs Australia’s contribution to the street-dance craze, and a hit from Sydney to Edinburgh. Seattle, Phoenix, and San Diego this month; touring through February (Ticketmaster or local outlets; prices vary).
Zingaro This French equestrian theater troupe — with 26 leaping horses — performs Chimere in an ideal setting: under a big top in Manhattan’s harborside Battery Park. Through Nov. 10 (212-307-4100; $60-75).
Sankai Juku Hairless, wordless, and powdery white, these Japanese butoh dancers are chilling at first. But their stunning physical control is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. In Dallas at TITAS, Oct. 18-19 (214-528-5576; $7-$40); New York at BAM, Nov. 12, 14-16 (212-307-4100; $20-50).
Forever Tango The Chicago run of this Argentine feast of sizzling eroticism has been extended through Jan. 5 at the Royal George Theatre (312-988-9000; $25-45).
O Samba! On Oct. 11, one of the major Afro-Brazilian dance troupes lures Brazilian master Mestre No to New York for a rare U.S. appearance. (212-864-5400; $18).
For the occidental tourist, there’s the National Song and Dance Ensemble of Tibet, at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J., on Oct. 15. Sponsored by the Dalai Lama, this rich Eastern feast of sumptuous costumery and elaborate ritual makes The King and I look like Let’s Make a Deal (609-683-8000; $7.50-$37).
Soweto Street Beat Theatre The sounds of South Africa range from songs of oppression to anthems of triumph. This group, playing St. Paul, Minn.’s Ordway Music Theatre Oct. 15-16, electrifies modern music of celebration with ancestral rhythms (612-224-4222; $7-$23).