GRUPO CORPO at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.). This 22-member Brazilian troupe, formed by Paulo Pederneiras in 1975, returns to BAM with two works by Rodrigo Pederneiras: “Bach” and “Gira.” (The two are brothers; Paulo is Grupo Corpo’s artistic director, and Rodrigo is its choreographer.) In the 1996 work “Bach” — set to Marco Antônio Guimarães’s homage to the composer — the dancers, wearing gold, black and blue, hang and descend from steel tubes. For “Gira,” the mood shifts dramatically as Grupo Corpo collaborates with the São Paulo punk-jazz-rock band Metá Metá and draws on the rhythms and movement rooted in the rites of the Umbanda religion.
JUDSON DANCE THEATER: A COLLECTIVE SPECULATION at MoMA PS1 (Jan. 27, 2-6 p.m.). As part of the current MoMA exhibition “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done,” which looks at the experimental collective formed in the 1960s, MoMA PS1’s VW Sunday Sessions performance series hosts a symposium exploring the group’s influence on the current generation. Programming includes discussions and sound improvisations by an impressive array of artists, scholars and critics. The lineup features Fred Moten; K. J. Holmes and Ramsey Ameen; Malik Gaines; André Lepecki; Marina Rosenfeld with Eli Keszler and Greg Fox; Clare Croft; and Gus Solomons Jr.
NEW YORK CITY BALLET at the David H. Koch Theater (through March 3). The company gives its winter season an extra glow with debuts, notably Gonzalo Garcia in “Apollo” and Teresa Reichlen in “Orpheus” on Saturday evening. Later in the week, as part of the annual New Combinations Evening on Thursday, the company’s resident choreographer, Justin Peck, unveils his latest, “Principia,” set to a commissioned score by the composer Sufjan Stevens. Featuring 24 dancers led by Tiler Peck and Taylor Stanley, the premiere is the fourth time Peck and Stevens have collaborated at City Ballet. The program will be rounded out by William Forsythe’s “Herman Schmerman” and Kyle Abraham’s “The Runaway.”
THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS at Theater for the New City (Jan. 25, 8 p.m.; Jan. 26, 3 and 8 p.m.; Jan. 27, 3 p.m.; through Feb. 3). For its 44th annual performance and powwow, this Native American dance company, formed in 1963, offers a program of dance, stories and traditional music from the Northeast, the Southwest and the Great Plains tribes, along with “Silent Echoes of Time,” a contemporary work by Michael Taylor-Dancing Wolf. Inspired by Vietnam veterans, it will be shown at select performances. Other highlights include storytelling by Matoaka Eagle, a hoop dance by Marie Ponce and a deer dance from the Yaqui tribes of southern Arizona. The company’s director, Louis Mofsie, will serve as the M.C.
URBAN BUSH WOMEN at BRIC House Ballroom (Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 8-11 p.m.; through Feb. 9). In “Hair & Other Stories,” this acclaimed company — and now artists in residence at BRIC — reinterprets Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s 2001 work “HairStories.” Choreographed by Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis, the group’s associate artistic directors, the piece explores ideas around beauty, identity and race as related to hair — particularly that of African-American women. This production, with guest performances and preshow activities starting at 7 p.m., includes new music by the Illustrious Blacks.