Our country’s highest-profile ballet company returns to the Auditorium Theatre with a performance of works by American choreographers from the American century. Two pieces by Twyla Tharp are on the program: her elegantly classical group work set to Bach’s Partita No. 2 for solo violin, and a black-tie-and-tails duet to six Sinatra standards. We’ll also see Jerome Robbins’ iconic “Fancy Free”—Robbins’ first work—the story ballet about the adventures of three strutting, tumbling, white-suited, WWII-era sailors on shore leave, set to the music of Leonard Bernstein. The program is rounded out with “Some Assembly Required,” a sweet, quirky, romantic duet en pointe by former ABT dancer and choreographer Clark Tippet. This is twentieth-century All-American positivism in motion, danced by the company that made these works famous. (Sharon Hoyer)
American Ballet Theatre at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress, (800)982-2787. October 3-5, Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm. $34-$129.