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Boston premieres come back

Lar Lubovitch makes pretty, pleasing modern dances that are easy to like but not always easy to remember. His Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, which he established in New York in 1968, is still going 44 years later, so he must be doing something right. He has a full-length “Othello” to his credit. He’s set pieces to music by composers ranging from Igor Stravinsky and Philip Glass to Richard Rodgers and John Coltrane. He’s choreographed for ice skaters; he’s been nominated for a Tony and an Emmy.

The quartet of pieces he brought to the Citi Shubert Theatre on Friday, under the auspices of the Celebrity Series, were all Boston premieres: “North Star” (1978), “Little Rhapsodies” (2007), “Crisis Variations” (2011), and “The Legend of Ten” (2010). The best of the lot was “Crisis Variations,” which, set to a squealing, squawking suite by Yevgeniy Sharlat based on Liszt’s “Transcendental Études,” starred Katarzyna Skarpetowska and Brian McGinnis as a dysfunctional couple possessed by, it seemed, demons. At one point, McGinnis spun on his butt; at another, Skarpetowska exited by crawling on her back. The supporting ensemble echoed their anguish.

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