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Fall Arts Guide 2009 Best Bets: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

11/14-11/15 at Auditorium TheatreThe New York-based company, a leading purveyor of stylishly athletic works by emerging choreographers, comes to the Auditorium Theatre November 14-15.

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The New York-based company, formed in 2003 by a niece of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, got a shot in the arm when Benoit-Swan Pouffer came on as artistic director in 2005. It's now a leading purveyor of stylishly athletic works by emerging choreographers, many of them from outside the United States. On this program you can catch Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, whose sprawling The Second Person closed Nederland Dans Theater's June concert here with a bang. Set to excerpts from Cliff Martinez's soundtrack for the 2002 space flick Solaris, Ten Duets is much more sharply focused than The Second Person, capturing the thrill of rescuing and being rescued in glittering, spotlit moments. Norway's Jo Stromgren contributes Sunday, Again, which reveals the emotional turmoil beneath the surface of supposedly genteel country-club sports, sometimes with flashes of humor. And Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman takes on the importance of individual perspective in Frame of View. 11/14-11/15, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress, 800-982-2787, ticketmaster.com, $30-$65. —Laura Molzahn

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