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FRIDAY

Australia’s Bangarra Dance Theatre bills itself as one of that country’s oldest and youngest dance companies. The organization, made up largely of aboriginal and Torres Strait Island performers, employs cultural traditions developed 40,000 years ago, but it was founded only 12 years ago. And although the company was established to generate respect for the artistic history of Australia’s indigenous people, Bangarra is not simply a living museum: Artistic director and choreographer Stephen Page is as interested in modern and street dance, and present-day social concerns, as he is in presenting more traditional movements. Tonight’s program, “Corroboree,” does well to demonstrate the blending of influences Page seeks. His dancers, barefoot and covered in vivid body paint, will be accompanied by both didgeridoo and electronic music, while representing both ancient aboriginal ritual and the contemporary stalking of prey under the harsh glare of truck headlights. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. $22-$35. (202) 467-4600. (Steve Kiviat)