FASO DANSE THÉÂTRE/SERGE AIMÉ COULIBALY According to the choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly, “wakatt” means “our times” in the Mossi language of Burkina Faso, where he was born. In “Wakatt,” making its North American premiere, Coulibaly’s assessment of our times is grim, though not hopeless. Set to a nonstop score written and performed by Malik Mezzadri, the work explores the fear of the other that has fueled rising nationalism, but also includes moments of tenderness. (Nov. 11-12, N.Y.U. Skirball Center)
GARTH FAGAN DANCE Fagan might be best known for choreographing “The Lion King” on Broadway. But while that show offers a good primer in his undulating blend of modern, ballet and Afro-Caribbean dance, there’s nothing quite like seeing Fagan’s dancers perform his choreography. The group returns to the Joyce with premieres from Fagan and one of his longtime dancers, the 44-year veteran Norwood Pennewell. (Nov. 15-20, the Joyce Theater)
MICHELA MARINO LERMAN AND HER BAND LOVE MOVEMENT All great tap artists are both musicians and dancers, shaping sound as well as space. The tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman blurs that boundary even further, leading not a dance company but a band. At the Brooklyn music venue National Sawdust, her interdisciplinary group, which combines jazz music with the tones of both traditional and electronic tap boards, will perform a work inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Levels of Love” speech (Nov. 18).
COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET The protean dancers of Complexions, led by the artistic directors Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, get a two-week run in New York this fall. As usual, the company’s season is weighted toward Rhoden’s elastic choreography — he’ll premiere a new work and revisit last year’s “Snatched Back From the Edges” — but it also features the company premiere of an otherworldly duet from William Forsythe’s “Slingerland.” (Nov. 22-Dec. 4, the Joyce Theater)
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER The company’s annual season at New York City Center (Nov. 30-Dec. 24) features a world premiere, a company premiere and a revival of a significant Alvin Ailey work. Kyle Abraham, perpetually in demand, creates his third piece for the troupe, set to a mixtape of a score that celebrates Black music; Twyla Tharp’s charmingly slouchy “Roy’s Joys,” a salute to the jazz trumpeter Roy Eldridge, makes its Ailey debut; and “Survivors,” Ailey’s 1986 tribute to Nelson and Winnie Mandela, gets a new production. As always, Ailey’s glorious “Revelations,” the company’s calling card, features prominently in the repertory mix, which also includes the City Center premieres of the resident choreographer Jamar Roberts’s cinematic “In a Sentimental Mood” and Paul Taylor’s pellucid “DUET.”