Pacific Northwest Ballet director Peter Boal could have looked further and found an even more disparate set of dances for this New Works show (through Sun., Nov. 16), but the four pieces on the program already come from the edges of the art. A Garden, by acclaimed modernist choreographer and native son Mark Morris, earned kudos for its baroque detail and liquid momentum when San Francisco Ballet premiered it in 2001. William Forsythes industrial-flavored One Flat Thing, reproduced is almost its exact opposite, with a cadre of gymnasts sliding under, over, and around a set of metal tables, like a cutaway picture of urban life. These seasoned choreographers are joined by two emerging dance-makers: Benjamin Millepied from New York City Ballet and PNBs own Kiyon Gaines. Both are well into their apprenticeship in this tricky business. SANDRA KURTZ [See review here.] McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., 441-2424, www.pnb.org. $25$155. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6-8 and 13-15; 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8; 1 p.m. Sun., Nov. 16.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 8, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 16, 1 p.m. Starts: Nov. 6. Continues through Nov. 15, 2008