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Theater & art

Critic’s picks: Dance

COPPÉLIA Boston Ballet performs Balanchine’s version of this charming classic. Set to a delicious score by Léo Delibes, it features a silly, sweet plot, based on an E.T.A. Hoffmann tale about a doll who seems to come to life. But it’s really about fantasizing the romantic ideal and coming to graceful terms with reality — oh, and dynamite choreography. Great for the whole family. Through May 26. $29-$142. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER (above) Sunday is the last day to catch the venerable troupe in its annual Celebrity Series engagement. The afternoon program features “Strange Humors,” by company artistic director Robert Battle, Garth Fagan’s “From Before,” and Ronald K. Brown’s “Grace,” before closing with Ailey’s beloved signature work, “Revelations.” May 19, 3 p.m. $30-$75. Citi Wang Theatre. 866-348-9738, www.celebrityseries.org

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