Launched 14 years ago by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt to provide adventures beyond the classicism emphasized by Britain’s Royal Ballet, BalletBoyz has been something of a shape-shifter ever since. This incarnation boasts 10 men who are less ballet-primed than gym-ripped, which fits just fine with the two works on display. With bare-chested men dancing to a poignant Max Richter score, choreographer Liam Scarlett explores where to take male duets beyond combat and homoeroticism. When he created Serpent for the company, Scarlett was on the rise and shortly after was catapulted to the exalted post of Royal Ballet resident choreographer. In Fallen, the second work, choreographer Russell Maliphant draws on a pulsating Armand Amar score to suggest a foreboding ritual and a group dynamic that one British reviewer described as a “postindustrial Rite of Spring.” What hasn’t changed at all is Nunn and Trevitt’s ability to engage new audiences, their uncanny feel for the pulse of the next thing in dance and their ability to identify who is moving it into that future. Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 7-8, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 9, 2 p.m.; $28-$121. (213) 972-07211, musiccenter.org/balletboyz
Nov. 7-8, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 9-8, 2 p.m., 2014
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