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Old and new in 'Innovative Works'

N.C. Dance Theatre's annual "Innovative Works" show, one of its most popular offerings, opens Thursday with a combination of premieres and revivals.

What's new: "Glass Houses" by NCDT dancer Sasha Janes takes the boom in online social media as its jumping-off point. Choreographed around a sculpture by Shaun Cassidy, the work "looks at the good and bad that can come from people sharing so much of their lives online," Janes said in a statement. Art works will also play a role in "Matisse," by Mark Diamond, director of the NCDT 2 troupe. Employing the French artist's "Blue Nude," "The Dance" and other paintings, Diamond's works is about Matisse's "Use of color and women," Diamond says. "Because most of his work focuses on women."

Brought back: The poignant "Tearing for a Cure," by former NCDT dancer Uri Sands, is inspired by the use of colored ribbons to help people identify with causes they find meaningful. Diamond's "There Again, Not Slowly" is a 10-minute party driven by Chemical Brothers music. Also music-inspired: Dwight Rhoden's sensual and vigorous "Moody Booty Blues."

To go: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Nov. 12-14 at Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. $20-$74 general admission; $10 students. 704-372-1000; www.ncdance.org. Steven Brown