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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Ballet Nacional de Caracas’ founding. It’s still a very young company in the world of ballet, and the average age of its current crop of dancers also hovers near 20. But Ballet Nacional is very mature for its age. The troupe marries its clean, classical lines and physical virtuosity to stylistic versatility and strong acting, the two traits most neglected by the ballet stalwarts. Defined by strength, fluidity, speed, and expansiveness, as well as strikingly innovative partnering, the work of Ballet Nacional choreographer Vicente Nebrada is infused with a distinctly Latin energy infuses. The two pieces the company performs in this program showcase its penchant for theatricality. Nebrada’s sleek version of Firebird highlights the surrealist elements inherent in Stravinsky’s magical work: An iguana in league with an evil magician and a crew of monsters capture the princess and transform her friends into dragonflies. (With the firebird’s help, however, the handsome prince eventually gets his girl.) And the costumers nix traditional tutus in favor of body-hugging unitards and dramatic plumed headdresses. Pentimento, set to Bach’s Four Suites for Orchestra, draws its story from the reappearance of an image on a canvas that has been painted over. A series of vignettes introduce a range of colorful characters—from pious to seamy, royal to common—making watching the piece like seeing Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales brought to life. Ballet Nacional performs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $8-$30. (703) 255-1860. (Holly Bass)