For the culturally and artistically eager, "Sequence 8" and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s season led by Itzhak Perlman will surprise and delight.

"Sequence 8," presented by ArtsEmerson and the circus troupeLes 7 Doigts de la Main, expands the boundaries of dance performance. Set not in a specific time or place but on a vertical canvas of sorts, this acrobatic dance and theater piece contemplates the role of the "other," and how we define ourselves through and against it. Just when one thinks it isn’t possible to find any more evolution in circus acts, "Sequence 8" will leave you stunned. It's at the Cutler Majestic Theatreuntil Oct. 7.

Renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman recently opened the BSO’s 132nd season as both performer and conductor for an all-Beethoven evening. The weekend of Oct. 5, BSO assistant conductor Marcelo Lehninger leads a program pairing the Romantic with the ruminative. American violinist Joshua Bell is soloist in Bernstein's Serenade inspired by Plato's "Symposium," a dialogue on the nature and value of love. Also on the program are two audience favorites: Tchaikovsky's emotionally charged fantasy-overture "Romeo and Juliet" and Dvorák's bucolic Symphony No. 8.