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Our guide to dance performances.

CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University (Feb. 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 3, 8 p.m.; Feb. 4, 3 p.m.). Peak Performances hosts Camille A. Brown’s “ink,” the final dance in a trilogy of works investigating culture, race and identity. After looking at the stereotypes that black men face in “Mr. TOL E. RAncE” and childhood games in “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play,” Ms. Brown points her choreographic lens on rituals, gestural vocabulary and traditions of the African diaspora with an aim of reclaiming “the narratives of African-Americans through self-empowerment, black love, brotherhood, exhaustion and resilience, community and fellowship.”


COMPAGNIE HERVÉ KOUBI at the Joyce Theater (Jan. 30-31, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 1-3, 8 p.m.; Feb. 4, 2 p.m.). The French company unveils the highly physical “What the Day Owes to the Night,” a work for 12 French-Algerian and African dancers. Choreographed by Mr. Koubi, it is inspired by his father’s revelation that his family hailed not from France, but from Algeria. They learned the news at his deathbed. The resulting production, which features capoeira, martial arts and contemporary dance, is Mr. Koubi’s energetic exploration of his roots.


JULIUS EASTMAN AND DANCE: MOLISSA FENLEY, ANDY DE GROAT, AND MORE at the Kitchen (Jan 30, 8 p.m.) In honor of the Minimalist musician and composer Julius Eastman, the Kitchen hosts “Julius Eastman: That Which Is Fundamental,” a series of performances and a two-part exhibition. This evening focuses on his work in dance; the highlight is a reprisal of Molissa Fenley’s “Geologic Moments” (1986), a slowly building dance for six that was developed with the composer. In the program, Eastman’s work as a choreographer is also depicted in formerly unseen video. An influential composer during the 1970s and 1980s, he died in 1990 at 49.

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