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Whistler’s ‘Tales From Ovid’ reaches for the sky

‘Ted Hughes’ Tales From Ovid’’ is a work as inventive, audacious, and vital as the company that created it. Whistler in the Dark Theatre has adapted Hughes’s translations from “Metamorphoses’’ into an original new shape, and the result should be seen by anyone who wants to watch boundary-stretching theater artistry in action.

High-flying action, in this case. These “Tales’’ — directed by Meg Taintor and presented by ArtsEmerson in the Paramount Center’s Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre — draw on the incantatory power of Ovid’s often-harrowing narratives of creation, destruction, passion, hubris, and revenge. But the production really swoops and shimmers its way to greatness by means of aerial acrobatics performed by Taintor’s wondrously athletic cast of five.

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