Lyrical dance can come off as very corny if it’s choreographed with too much of a heavy hand—there’s nothing worse than an overly saccharine performance expressly designed to try to make you either tear up or smile with hyper-elation. This is not a problem for Patrick Corbin’s company, Corbindances. The one-time dancer for Paul Taylor takes modern dance and swaths of ballet to create beautiful, classic-feeling works full of flowy dresses and soft yet strong (and distinctly unsappy) movements that won’t make you cringe with irritation. Tonight he begins a two-week season, which will include the world premiere of Romantic Conversions (set to Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2) and the New York premieres of Infinity and Gregory Dolbashian’s Do I Make Myself Clear? â€‰It will be lovely.
May 4-11, 8 p.m., 2008