Former Bolshoi principal dancer Mikhail Lavrovsky places new choreography on Prokofiev’s famous score in this staging by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia. The Voronezh-based (south of Moscow, some 300 miles from the Ukraine border) company has been around since 1961, but is a somewhat new import to the States. Svetlana Noskova, who dances the part of Juliet in one of two performances at the Auditorium Theatre, has earned acclaim for her technical prowess as well as her expressive interpretation, evidenced by her pristine and colorful performance in the State Ballet’s production of Swan Lake last year. This is a chance for Chicago to get better acquainted with this large-scale (the head count is sixty-five) classically focused troupe. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress, (800)982-2787. January 28 at 8pm and January 29 at 2pm. $30-$87.