Staibdance. In "Fence," his first nationally funded work, choreographer George Staib draws from a childhood incident while attending an American school in Iran in 1976, when members of an anti-government terrorist group lured two students to the campus fence and fatally stabbed them. To Ben Coleman's electronic score, 10 dancers face off in pairs, band together and confront the audience head-on, by turns evoking power struggles, intimate moments and vision above the fray. Greg Catellier's lighting divides a dark, enveloping space with a vertical sheet of swirling fog and light. Oct. 3-6. $25. Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 404-727-5050, www.staibdance.com
Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre. Now in its third season, this group of former Atlanta Ballet artists reprises "Lore," an original work about a community's chosen storyteller and the passing of his gift through the family line. The story unfolds on an outdoor stage, warmed by a campfire and backed by a red curtain. Dancers' gesturing silhouettes take shape on the back-lit drape, like ancestors communicating from a separate realm. Heath Gill has choreographed with his usual astute theatrical timing and piquant musicality. Oct. 11-20. $35-60. Deer Hollow at Serenbe, 8455 Atlanta Newnan Road, Chattahoochee Hills. 470-733-8274, www.terminus-serenbe.com.