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It’s shaping up to be a great fall for “is-it-dance-or is-it-theater?” performances at the Kennedy Center. Little Dancer, a new musical starring ballerina Tiler Peck, begins previews in late October, and iconic performers Bill T. Jones and Carmen de Lavallade will take the stage for multimedia retrospectives on their lives. This week’s interdisciplinary entertainment? Academy Award nominee Amy Irving teams up with one current principal dancer (Herman Cornejo) and one retired prima ballerina (Alessandra Ferri) from the American Ballet Theatre in Cheri, a theatrical dance adaptation of the Collette novella. The show premiered at New York’s Signature Theatre last fall and was an immediate crossover hit. Irving plays the narrator and title character, a wistful woman who must watch as her best friend woos away her own son; the awkward threesome is joined onstage by pianist Sarah Rothenberg. “Both are expressive dancers who can convey nuances of feeling through subtle gestures,” the New York Times’ Charles Isherwood gushed. In the Kennedy Center’s intimate Terrace Theater, you’ll be able to see every slight motion. The performance runs Oct. 1 to 4 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $49. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.