It looks like a typo on the Kennedy Center’s schedule but it’s not a mistake: The 44-year-old Lar Lubovitch Dance Company makes its debut at the center tonight. Since 1968, Lubovitch has been quietly choreographing ballets, figure-skating routines, and Broadway musicals, all while running his own company. In these recent recession years, Lubovitch has grown his flock by luring dancers away from better-known companies, like Alvin Ailey and Mark Morris. The result is a troupe both beautiful and formidable. While some wish Lubovitch productions were slightly more cerebral, there is no denying his lyricism, flow, and musicality, and the Romantic composers on tonight’s program should match the rhapsodic movement. The evening opens with 2010’s “The Legend of Ten,” the choreographer’s “map” of a Brahms quintet. “Little Rhapsodies” shows off three of his male dancers moving to Schumann. “Crisis Variations,” a 2011 meditation on a Liszt sonata, and “Transparent Things,” set to Debussy and inspired by Picasso’s Family of Saltimbanques, close the program. The Kennedy Center may be several decades late inviting Lubovitch’s company to grace its stage, but the grace he brings is timeless.
The company performs tonight and Friday at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $22-$65. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.