As artistic director of Annenberg Center’s Dance Celebration, Randy Swartz is known for heaping compliments on the acts he brings in. But Swartz is extra effusive when talking about Spellbound Dance Company. “They’re absolutely magnificent. Exceptional,” he says of the Italian troupe, now making its first tour of North America. “A wonderful crossover between contemporary dance and ballet. They’re sleek, they’re fantastic looking, refreshing, and yet you can see all the beauty and musicality of classical ballet,” he continues. Spellbound’s artistic director, Mauro Astolfi, is having a bit of a Philly moment — BalletX presented a new work by him last week, and with this run we get to see two more of his rich and expressive pieces, this time performed by his own formidable company.
Thu.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, $20-$55, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 215-898-3900, pennpresents.org.