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Metropolitan Ballet presents ‘Ballets Russes 100 Year Festival’

There just isn’t any middle ground with a production by The Metropolitan Ballet. Since Erik Sanborn founded the organization in 2002, productions have been either mind-bogglingly atrocious (“Dracula,” “The Nutcracker”) or beautifully conceived and performed (“Rodeo,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”).

So it’s impossible to predict whether this weekend’s production, “The Ballets Russes 100 Year Festival,” will fall in the former or latter camp. The show will be hosted by Nina Novak, who was featured in the marvelous documentary “Ballet Russes,” and danced with the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo in New York.

According to press materials, the show, however, includes work from Serge Diaghilev’s original Ballet Russes (a precursor to the troupe with which Novak danced). Works include “Le Spectre de la Rose,” “The Fairy Doll,” “Blue Bird” and “The Dying Swan.” If done well, the show could be an enlightening history lesson and a rare chance to see such gems of classical ballet performed live.

“The Ballets Russes 100 Year Festival,” 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday. O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul. Tickets $15-$50. 651-690-6700.

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