CHOO SAN GOH, the associate artistic director of the Washington Ballet, is surely one of the most prolific and savvy choreographers currently inventing ballets. He knows how to tailor his dances to the abilities of his dancers. Merely by slipping his eccentric signature moves -- jagged curves of the upper torso, birdlike flourishes of the arms and hands, interesting asymmetries and doublings -- into the traditional ballet vocabulary, he makes everything new again.
For the company's winter season, which runs through Saturday night at Lisner Auditorium, Goh has come up with a work that he claims is "quite devoid of the 'Gohisms' that people have come to know." This ballet, "Schubert Symphony," is set to all four movements of Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 2 in B minor.
Along with this world premiere, the troupe -- looking sharper than ever -- will present Norman Walker's restaging of his "Night Song," a swooningly mysterious work originally created for the Harkness Ballet in 1966. Set to Alan Hovhaness' evanescent First Concerto for Orchestra, this dreamlike work spins a web of shifting relationships and moods.
Goh's popular, vibrant "Fives" will complete the program.
THE WASHINGTON BALLET -- Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. Tickets $10 to $15. Call 362-4644.