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Company C Contemporary Ballet 

When: Thu., Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Fri., Jan. 18, 8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 19, 3 & 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $23-45

Always keen to dance on the edge, Company C Contemporary Ballet opens its eleventh season with a slate of world premieres at the Lesher Center for the Arts (1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek) on Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 17-19. Artistic director Charles Anderson loves to entertain and enlighten in equal measure, and the winter program accordingly encompasses abstraction, storytelling, dark humor, and even some spoken word. Brian Reeder contributes Being Served, with couples at a party misbehaving to music by Benjamin Britten. In Patrick Corbin's For Use in Subhuman Primates Only, dancers costumed for a rave push each other's boundaries over Massive Attack's trip-hop beats. Artistic director Charles Anderson dives into new artistic waters with Polyglot, choreographed to a recorded monologue by actress Amy Walker. A reprise of excerpts from Anderson's Beautiful Maladies, with its wistful Chet Baker soundtrack, completes the program. Thu.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $23-$45. 925-943-7469 or

— Claudia Bauer


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