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Tatiana Baganova’s work is pure fairy tale: Almost all of the choreographer’s pieces incorporate at least some element that conjures up the Brothers Grimm. Maybe her storybook sensibility stems from the fact that she began dancing with a children’s group at an age (4) when most youngsters still get bedtime stories. Or perhaps she just grew tired of the sparse, hi-tech sets and monochromatic costumes that typify modern dance. Whatever her reasons, the artistic director of the Provincial Dances Theatre creatively uses the elaborate costumes and props that exemplify classical dance to contemporary effect. Baganova’s world of pigs and puppets trumped the native acts at the Durham, N.C., 2001 American Dance Festival, and her company’s first engagement at the Kennedy Center, as part of the America Dancing series, seems an opportunity to make a similar splash: Among the pieces that will be performed are Wings at Tea, wherein a winged mechanical pig hangs overhead as gruff men bound across the stage. Women are attached to pulleys, allowing the burly gentleman to pull their strings. The piece is constructed to explore the give-and-take in male-female interactions. Maple Garden further examines these relationships, with dancers hanging from the rafters like marionettes in what the Kennedy Center calls a “dreamlike” fashion. With such acrobatics, Baganova shows that her Provincial Dances Theater is anything but. See for yourself at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, and Thursday, April 24, at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. $20. (202) 467-4600. (Sarah Godfrey)