Back in the day, dancers would spend years in someone else’s company, perfecting their skills and learning the ropes, before striking out on their own. Lately, many artists, right out of school or nearly so, go public way before they’re ready. Not John Heginbotham. He’s graced the Mark Morris Dance Group and other sophisticated ensembles since graduating from Juilliard in 1993, learning by doing and watching and listening, until finally, in 2011, he launched his own troupe. Its six dancers ornament the Next Wave Festival with Dark Theater, his contemporary take on Dada artist Francis Picabia’s 1924 ballet Relâche, to a score by Erik Satie played live. He is not afraid to be funny, and his award-winning choreography contains actual steps.

Tue., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., 2013