Since the days of the enterprising Anna Pavlova, ballerinas—usually Russian—have been putting together their own programs of repertory works. In recent years Diana Vishneva and Natalia Osipova have starred in their own evenings (I recall Maya Plisetskaya touring a program back in the day). The New York City Ballet ballerina Sara Mearns has been actively experimenting in recent years, dancing the lead role in Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, performing Narcissus by Isadora Duncan, and even taking on a speaking role (charmingly) in last year’s Encores! production of I Married an Angel (she was the angel). Now Mearns is starring in her own evening at the Joyce. Repertory is not yet announced, but given the photo online it appears Mearns is moving into modern-dance terrain. —L.J.
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