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Theater & art

For Spellbound Dance Company, movement is the lingua franca

“I never had the same source of inspiration. I just start from life — a vacation, a hospital, children playing, all different aspects of life, hundreds of billions of information every day.” Speaking by phone from Italy, Spellbound Dance Company founder Mauro Astolfi has a slightly limited command of English-language subtleties, but the choreographer’s expansive creative vision is unmistakable. From his celebrated “Carmina Burana,” which has been performed more than 100 times around the world, to his “Don Giovanni,” made for the 2008 Venice Biennale, to his latest work, an ironic look at seduction, Astolfi is a choreographic explorer with a wide-ranging curiosity and a need to communicate.

Astolfi and the Rome-based Spellbound, making their Boston debut with a pair of Celebrity Series performances Friday and Saturday, are known for provocative works that seed a rich movement vocabulary of supple, graceful athleticism with nuanced emotional connections. Company cofounder and executive director Valentina Marini calls it a kind of “breathtaking painting onstage.” Astolfi, she says, “did not want to give a precise message through his dance, but push the audience to open the inside mind and soul to accept the beauty of a body moving . . . dynamic, elegant, extremely fast, but at the same time full of pathos.”

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