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The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Dance Review

Quirky moves of high quality at Jacob’s Pillow

BECKET — Ballet BC may have lost some letters when its name was shortened — the acronym stands for British Columbia — but under the artistic direction of Emily Molnar, what the company has gained as it strides into the (to some minds) uncertain future of ballet is tangible and exciting. While Ballet BC still occasionally puts on versions of traditional ballets such as “Giselle,” the program this week is steeped in the genre of contemporary ballet.

With nary a balancé or a classical pirouette to be seen in this triple bill of quirky dances, the high balletic ability of these terrific dancers is nonetheless clear. Jacopo Godani’s “A.U.R.A. (Anarchist Unit Related to Art),” though stuffed with steps from the ballet vocabulary, is almost a parody, the movements purposely distorted. Arabesques are jauntily nonacademic, with hips hiking the leg up as much to the side as to the back; port de bras are angled tensely, fingers gnarled, elbows jutting rather than curving.

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