Theater & art

The Ticket: Dance picks

Boston Ballet’s “Swan Lake.”
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Boston Ballet’s “Swan Lake.”

SWAN LAKE Boston Ballet brings back Mikko Nissinen’s popular version of this cherished classic. The tale of a Swan Queen, her evil look-alike, and her adored Prince Siegfried is full of romance, magic, betrayal, and transcendence. Opening performances feature New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia partnering Misa Kuranaga. The production’s premiere in 2014 sold out some performances, so plan ahead. April 29-May 26. $35-$220. Boston Opera House., 617-695-6955.

A JOOKIN’ JAM SESSION WITH LIL BUCK, CRISTINA PATO & FRIENDS After Spike Jones loaded cellphone video onto YouTube of Lil Buck’s extraordinary interpretation of “The Swan,” accompanied by none other than Yo-Yo Ma, the jookin’ whiz became an international sensation. This performance gives fans a chance to see the Los Angeles-based dancer in the flesh in an adventurous dance and music program organized by Damian Woetzel. April 29. Free. College of Holy Cross’s Hogan Oval, Worcester. 503-793-2011,

SPRING WORKS IN PROGRESS Roughly a year after its debut, Tony Williams Ballet showcases some of the creativity evolving at its studio. This intimate performance features works by company members Allison Dancewicz, Janelle Gilchrist, and Rick Vigo, as well as Marsha Parrilla’s Danza Orgánica. Limited seating, so buy your tickets ahead of time. April 24, 7 p.m. $20. Tony Williams Dance Center, Jamaica Plain. 617-524-4381,


EVOLUTION Joe Gonzalez and May-Lisa Chandler’s Jo-Mé Dance Theatre celebrates its fifth anniversary with favorites as well as new works by Gonzalez and Diaman Wood. April 30. $15-$25. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-219-3506,

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