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Choreographer Carla Barragán created a dance, broke it up into still images, then has the viewer make it move again: She and visual artists Jeff Braverman and Antonio Alvarez have made flip-books, those early versions of motion pictures, out of video stills from site-specific dances performed in Mexico and Seattle; riffling through the stack of pages gives those images dynamics and momentum. Play with the books in the lobby before the performances on the program here, which include "Flip-bud" from last autumn's On the Side eveningusing the idea of "flipping" as a metaphor for rapid changes in lifeand "Susurros" (pictured), a solo "with a chorus of ghosts." Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine St., second floor, 206-325-6500. $12-$15. 8 p.m. Fri. Jan. 16-Sun. Jan. 18. SANDRA KURTZ


Cellists are among the most intrepid instrumentalists when it comes to new musicfrom Rostropovich, who commissioned or inspired nearly every major piece of post-WWII cello repertory, to Matt Haimovitz, currently bringing Lou Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Tod Machover to bars and coffeehouses in all 50 states. Beiser was the longtime cellist for the echt-downtowny Bang on a Can ensemble. Her multimedia recital (which recently helped inaugurate NYC's Zankel Hall) will include readings, vocals, video, lighting, and multitracking in new works by Andriessen, Golijov, Lang, Pärt, and Reich. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 206-217-9888. $22. 8 p.m. Wed. Jan. 14-Thurs. Jan. 15. GAVIN BORCHERT

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