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U.S. Debut for Göteborg Ballet

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Göteborg Ballet, a Swedish contemporary dance company, makes its American debut August 18–22 at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, with 3xBoléro, a full-length production of three diverse works, each inspired by Maurice Ravel’s classic score, “Boléro.”

The three works showcase 20 of the company’s classically trained dancers and three leading European choreographers in pieces that employ a wide range of dance vocabularies, in musical styles ranging from minimalist electronica through full-scale orchestral recordings.

Walking Mad, choreographed by Johan Inger in 2001 for Nederlands Dans Theater, features a traditional rendition of Boléro spliced with Arvo Pärt’s Fur Alina. In OleroB, by Finnish choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström, the steady thrum of Ravel’s composition sits in the background of Jukka Rintamäki’s electronic score. Episode 17, a work for 19 dancers by Alexander Ekman, is a collection of solos, duets, trios, and ensemble dancing, set to a score incorporating spoken word with traditional renditions of Boléro, a Boléro-inspired piece by jazz composer Nat Simon, and samples of “Rock ‘n’ Flamenco” by Jan Davis and the Spain Gang.

Tickets range from $58 to $63. To buy them, visit jacobspillow.org or call 413.243.0745.

Göteborg Ballet artistic director Johannes Öhman will discuss 3xBoléro in a PillowTalk session at 4 p.m. August 21. Admission is free.

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