Nothing says Valentine’s weekend like a ballet interpretation of a John Malkovich movie. At least, that’s what Washington Ballet hopes a twisted few are thinking. The world premiere of local choreographer David Palmer’s “Dangerous Liaisons” leads off a triple bill the company is calling L’Amour (love, baby…). To be fair, Liaisons was a book two centuries before it was Malkovich movie, but the company is betting that even happy couples want to see a ballet about revenge, seduction, and betrayal. The program also includes two less volatile works by female choreographers: Elaine Kudo’s “Opposites Distract,” and Amy Seiwert’s “Under Covers.” The latter is a company commission from a choreographer better known on the West Coast. As the title suggests, expect to see dancing between the sheets, all set to contemporary covers of songs from the ’60s and ’70s. Bring on the free love movement, baby.
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances Friday and Saturday, at the Harman Center for the Arts, 450 7th St. NW. $32 – $112. (202) 547-1122. washingtonballet.org.