When: Fri., March 18, 8 p.m. and Sat., March 19, 8 p.m. 2011
Founded in 1959 in an effort to break away from traditional choreography, Nederlands Dans Theater continues to revolutionize the art and performance of modern dance. At Zellerbach Hall (Bancroft Way at Dana St., Berkeley) on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, the company reaches into its deep repertory to perform the acclaimed Whereabouts Unknown, an exploration of human origins by its celebrated former artistic director Jiri Kylián. Equally inspired by ballet and Australian aboriginal dance, Kylián filters tribal influences through intense contemporary movement and a soundtrack that includes Arvo Pärt, Anton Webern, and Steve Reich. Resident choreographers Paul Lightfoot and Sol Léon contribute Silent Screen, a high-tech and highly technical homage to silent film with an ethereal score by Philip Glass. 8 p.m., $34-$72. 510-642-9988 or CalPerformances.org.