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ZiRu Dance is celebrating the diversity of artistic viewpoints in the West Coast's contemporary dance scene at its inaugural Silicon Valley Dance Festival: Across the Current Now at Menlo Atherton Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25.

Audiences will be treated to fresh and innovative dance pieces by a host of professional, acclaimed choreographers -- all of whom will be presenting Silicon Valley premieres.

Curated by founding members Philein Wang and Emily Withenbury, Across the Current Now showcases work from ZiRu Dance artistic director Philein Wang and resident company choreographers Babatunji (Alonzo King LINES Ballet), Elizabeth Chitty, and Michele Wong (formerly, Guangdong Modern Dance Company); Christian Burns of burnsWORK (San Francisco); Winifred R. Harris, independent choreographer (Denver); and Holly Johnston/Ledges and Bones (Los Angeles).

The festival will feature performances from an all-star cast, including Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancer Babatunji Johnson, Oakland Ballet Dancer Alysia Chang and Robert Moses Kin dancer Vincent Chavez.

The event starts at 8 p.m. on Sept. 24 and 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Menlo Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton. General admission is $15. For tickets, go to brownpapertickets.com

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