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The Inbal Pinto Dance Company of Tel Aviv brings its newest production, “Oyster,” to New York’s Joyce Theater for its American premiere, followed by a stop in Miami before a European tour.

Inspired by Tim Burton’s “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy,” a short tale of a mollusk-boy whose parents can’t cope with his brininess, the Inbal Pinto’s 12-member troupe takes this flight of fantasy into the world of the surreal. Dancers metamorphize — transforming into human marionettes, for example — while merging the innocence of child’s play with the grotesque in a blend of acrobatics, mime, modern dance and ballet choreographed by Inbal Pinto and set to an eclectic range of sounds arranged by director Avshalom Pollak.

Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave.(at 19th Street), New York; April 22-April 27, Tue.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; $35, reservations suggested. (212-242-0800)

Miami-Dade Community College, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami, Fla.; May 2, 8 p.m.; $17, $27 and $37, reservations suggested. (305-372-0925 or


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