Choreographer Stephen Petronio is like the punk kid in high school that everyone wants to hang out with. The innovator is eternally edgy, has a thing for fashion, loves pop culture and rock music, and has built a dance career around pushing boundaries (and his dancers). His powerful company’s return to the Joyce is destined to come with so much extra flavor and style, they’ll stick to you long after you’ve left the theater. The Story of a Girl in a World is a collection of five vignettes examining blurred “gender constructs” and paying homage to Warhol Superstar Candy Darling and a handful of female performance artists and burlesque performers, while Beauty and the Brut—set to the music of Fischerspooner—tells the revealing story of how opposites attract. Prepare to toss convention.

April 1-6, 7:30 p.m., 2008