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This week's dance events include Dance Bistro serving up international fare, Datugan Dance Theatre's repertoire concert and the penultimate week of Los Angeles Ballet's Balanchine Festival Red.
5. Serving up a Dance Bistro
More than a festival, Dance Bistro 2013 is more like a feast with 13 companies in two mostly different programs over two nights, each show preceded by video streaming of the dress rehearsals, and with low priced tickets to lure dance fans away from their barbecues Memorial Day weekend. Presented by the TuTu Foundation and Madarin Orange Performing Arts, both nights promise an aerial kickline from Luminario Ballet, a premiere from choreographer Kyle Abraham danced by the excellent modern troupe BODYTRAFFIC, and a contemporary Chinese dance company performing to new music from Swedish composer Henrik Åström. Friday also includes Body Current Dance, the Latin troupe CONTRA-TIEMPO, Elke Calvert Dance Project, Los Angeles Movement Arts, Renaissance Arts Academy, and Watson Dance. The lineup Saturday includes ChoreoLive, Cortines High School Dance Company, Elke Calvert Dance Project, Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, the L.A. Follies, and Watson Dance. As a mecca for fusion cuisine drawing on SoCal's diversity, it's only natural the region should also give rise to a fusion dance festival. Get tickets at www.dancebistro2013.brownpapertickets.com. Catch at preview at www.dancebistro.com. At the Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach; Fri.-Sat., May 24-25, 8 p.m., $5. www.carpenterarts.org, 562-985-7000.