Moving on Up

Those of us who caught the recent national touring show of West Side Story at the Music Hall were reminded anew of Jerome Robbins’ singular talent for explosive, inventive movement. Now, the Kansas City Ballet closes its season — and its 36-year home at the Lyric Theatre (11th Street and Central, 816-931-2232), before moving to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center — with Jerome Robbins’ Moves, choreographed in 1961, the same year he filmed West Side Story. It’s a bold choice: pure dance, no music. The program also includes Twyla Tharp’s “The Catherine Wheel Suite” and “Mercy of the Elements,” a world premiere by KC Ballet artistic director William Whitener set to music of Rimsky-Korsakov. So take your mom to a nice brunch downtown, then to the ballet at 2 p.m. Remind her why you’re her favorite. Tickets cost $20-$80. See kcballet.org for more information.

Thu., May 5, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., May 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 7, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 8, 2 p.m., 2011