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Arts: the week ahead

COPPELIA With this company premiere, Boston Ballet becomes one of only three companies in the world to present George Balanchine’s lighthearted version of the classic ballet. It portrays the tale of a doll who supposedly comes to life and inspires love and trouble in a small village. Pictured: Sabi Varga and Megan Gray. April 8-18. $25-$132. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org COPPELIA With this company premiere, Boston Ballet becomes one of only three companies in the world to present George Balanchine’s lighthearted version of the classic ballet. It portrays the tale of a doll who supposedly comes to life and inspires love and trouble in a small village. Pictured: Sabi Varga and Megan Gray. April 8-18. $25-$132. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org (GENE SCHIAVONE)
April 8, 2010

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THEATER
TRAD Carmel O’Reilly directs Nancy E. Carroll (fresh from Broadway), Colin Hamell, and Billy Meleady in Mark Doherty’s fabulistic play of a 100-year-old man and his improbably ancient Da. Presented by Tir Na Theatre Company. April 8-24. Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.com

LE CABARET GRIMM Boston Theatre Works alum Jason Slavick serves up his “punk cabaret fairy tale’’ (for adults only) with his new outfit, the Performance Lab. April 8-24. Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.com

THE LITTLE MERMAID Andrea Ross stars as Pearl (not Ariel, in case you were expecting the Disney version) in Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless fairy tale. April 16-May 16. Wheelock Family Theatre. 617-879-2300, www.wheelock.edu/wft

FROM ORCHIDS TO OCTOPI: AN EVOLUTIONARY LOVE STORY Catalyst Collaborative@MIT presents the premiere of Melinda Lopez’s new play, a dazzling blend of science, art, and domestic life with a knockout muraled set by David Fichter. Through May 2. Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquaretheater.org

ADDING MACHINE: A MUSICAL SpeakEasy Stage Company presents a supremely stylized production of the off-Broadway hit. Through April 10. Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.com

OPUS New Repertory Theatre presents violist-turned-playwright Michael Hollinger’s tense, moving tale of a string quartet. Through April 17. Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL Jacqui Parker captures the strength and sorrow of jazz legend Billie Holiday. Through April 24. Lyric Stage Company. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

LOUISE KENNEDY

DANCE
CREATURES Liz Roncka invites viewers to wander the landscape of “creatures,’’ a new immersive, drop-in movement/sound/sculpture collaboration between herself and a crew of dancers (Emily Beattie, Andrea Blesso Albuquerque, and Ellen Godena), visual artists (Nicole Colella, Rebecca Greene, Libby O’Flaherty, and Adam Shea), and live musicians (Max Lord, Tom Plsek, and Jane Wang) playing everything from didgeridoos and conch shells to acoustic bass and electronic music box. April 9-10, 7-10 p.m., April 11, 1-4 p.m. $10-$12. Mobius. 617-638-0020, www.mobius.org

THISTHAT SHOW #3 Veteran choreographer/producer Daniel McCusker brings together kindred artistic spirits Caitlin Corbett, Rick Fox, Ana Isabel Keilson, Sara Smith, Wanda Strukus, and Judith Wombwell for his third “tHisTHat’’ showcase of contemporary dances. Each choreographer has his or her own distinctive edge. April 9-10. $10-$15. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/102327

FACES OF THE DIVINE Acclaimed classical Indian dancer Neena Gulati and the accomplished students of her Triveni Dance Ensemble marry traditional movement with contemporary ideas, poetry, and a lively sense of theater. “Faces of the Divine’’ highlights three styles of classical Indian dance and presents two contemporary pieces telling dance stories about India’s gods and goddesses. April 11. $10-$20. Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, Andover. 617-232-5485. www.chinmaya-boston.com KAREN CAMPBELL

MUSEUMS
FIERY POOL: THE MAYA AND THE MYTHIC SEA A fascinating exhibition about the connections between the cosmology of the Maya and water, featuring rare loans from around the world and interactive elements for younger viewers. Through July 18. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

UNDER THE SKIN: TATTOOS IN JAPANESE PRINTS Tattoos became popular in 19th-century Japan after the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi made a series of woodblock prints featuring Chinese martial-arts heroes with spectacular tattoos. Tattoo artists copied these designs, and artists were in turn influenced by new tattoos. This show explores the phenomenon. Through Jan. 2. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

RONI HORN AKA RONI HORN A career survey of this influential contemporary artist, whose subject is the mutability of identity. Organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Through June 13. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

ASIAN JOURNEYS: COLLECTING ART IN POST-WAR AMERICA An exhibition of more than 50 objects from China, Japan, and Southeast Asia collected by the Rockefeller family and later donated to the Asia Society in New York. Through June 6. McMullen Museum, Boston College. 617-552-8100. www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/artmuseum SEBASTIAN SMEE

GALLERIES
ARTADIA BOSTON Artadia, a national nonprofit that supports artists locally, last year recognized seven Boston artists with cash awards. The work of winners Claire Beckett, Ambreen Butt, Caleb Cole, Raúl González, Eric Gottesman, Amie Siegel, and Joe Zane is now up. Through April 25. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. 617-426-8835, www.bcaonline.org

PAINT IT NOW The Distillery Gallery and OverKill Studio present their second collaborative painting installation, a black-on-white mural made by more than 20 artists. The seamless piece buzzes with poppy imagery, and individual works have gritty appeal. Through April 23. The Distillery Gallery, 516 E. 2nd St., South Boston. 978-270-1904, www.gallery.distilleryboston.com

LINDA A. HOLT: RECENT PAINTINGS Inspired by a long-ago trip to Hawaii, Holt has been painting koi fish for years with exuberant gestures and brilliant tones. Light and shadow play on the water’s surface as fish glint below. Through April 24. Beth Urdang Gallery, 129 Newbury St. 781-264-1121, www.bethurdanggallery.com

GORDON SASAKI: NY PORTRAITS The photographer has shot black-and-white portraits of New York-based dancers, musicians, writers, and other artists with disabilities from the vantage point of his own wheelchair. The exhibit is audio-described for the blind. Through April 30. Open Door Gallery, 89 South St. 617-350-7713, www.vsamass.org CATE McQUAID