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Peninsula Ballet Theatre presents two world premieres.

The youngest of three professional ballet companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, Peninsula Ballet Theatre (PBT) presents an impressive repertoire, especially considering it has only 27 dancers. "We're not a touring company, so our dancers have community ties," says director Anne Bena. "And since our season opens before the San Francisco Ballet, people around here can see ballet almost year-round."

This year PBT received its largest grant to date, and so will offer two world premiere ballets, May 31 through June 2. Perhaps the season's most ambitious work, For Our Children, choreographed by Rosine Bena, is a multimedia one-act ballet weaving a story on video tape behind dancers on the stage. Three other one-acts will also be presented: another new work titled First Byte danced to an electroacoustic score, G.S. & R. to a score by Edvard Grieg, and Premonition scored by Frederic Chopin.

Performances are given in the 1,600-seat San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware Street. Times are Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2:30. Seats in the orchestra center or grand tier cost $15; in the orchestra far sides or the gallery, $12. Buy tickets at the door, or call (415) 343-8485.

You can become a member (and help match the grant funding) for $15 to $2,500; call for details.
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