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The San Francisco Ballet is the Shear Madness of the Kennedy Center’s ballet season—the West Coast dance troupe has already graced the various stages of the national cultural center six times. Even though it seems slow to incorporate audience participation, wacky sight gags, and guest appearances by glamorous celebrities such as Greta Van Susteren into performances, the Ballet always seems to snag an invitation to return. For engagement No. 7, America’s oldest professional ballet company shows off its broad repertory by performing a mix of contemporary and classical dances. Pieces include Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina, and, later in the week, the D.C. premiere of two original works by the troupe’s artistic director, Helgi Tomasson. In a subtle nod to its theatrical equivalent, tonight’s performance includes a bit of madcap madness: Mark Morris’
Sandpaper Ballet, which features dancers dressed in alien-green bodysuits dancing to the sound of typewriter keys being struck, easily outdoes any antics taking place down the hall. Tonight’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. (with other shows Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 29, to Sunday, Dec. 1) at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. $26-$65. (202) 467-4600. (Sarah Godfrey)