When time machines are finally on the market and you feel like having a little fun, head to Paris some time between 1909 and 1929 - the heyday of the Ballets Russes dance company. The core mission of the itinerant company, which boasted such talents as Nijinsky, Pavlova, Stravinsky and Matisse, was to revitalize ballet and to make people think of it in fresh ways. In celebration of the company's 100th anniversary, the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater presents 1909-2009: The Great Collaborators of the Ballets Russes, with 21st-century versions of several important works from the Ballet Russes repertoire. Walsh has re-created and revised The Afternoon of a Faun and The Dying Swan along with The Firebird, which he's choreographed anew especially for Paris Opera Ballet superstar Marie-Agnes Gillot and DWDT company member Domenico Luciano. See why the DWDT won the award for Best Dance Company in the recent Houston Press Best of Houston edition at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-652-3938 or visit www.dwdt.org. $24.25 to $51.25.
Oct. 15-17, 7:30 p.m., 2009