From a Labyrinthine Piece Set in the Koolhaus Library, to a Grudge Match Exploring Sibling Rivalry

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Send dance listings two weeks in advance to & EventsThe Maze Project SEE THE WIRE, WED.Choreographer Kristen Tsiatsios' new project uses our labyrinthine new library for a multiperspective, multimedia performance piece. With music by Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang. Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 386-4636. Free. Guided tours noon Wed. Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7.Pacific Northwest Ballet It's hard to think of a more exuberant way to celebrate the holiday season than attending PNB's Nutcracker. The production is simply magic. Of course, the dancers would hardly need to move for the production to be a success, so blessed is the ballet company in having Maurice Sendak's intricate, colorful, and whimsical sets. Snow falls on a winter wonderland, Clara and the prince sail to a magical kingdom amid dolphins jumping through undulating waters, and huge dangling lanterns complete an Oriental kingdom where some of the liveliest dances take place. But PNB's dancers do move, and with grace and verve. In the performance I attended, Carla Korbes performs the peacock dance as if she were the animal herself, her lithe and shimmying body framed by a set that has turned an iridescent, dusky blue. It is a transfixing moment. Offstage, the people watching can't be beat, as everyone from 5 to 75 dresses up in a way seldom seen in this casual town. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 441-2424, $18-$108. Various dates and times. Ends Thurs. Dec. 28. NINA SHAPIROCheronne Wong A preview of her new work sub-Rosa (to formally premiere next fall), which "explores an international undercover world, the unveiling of masked identities and the use of numbers as secret code." With music by Amy Denio, art by Dave Stevenson, and "one-of-a-kind abstract anthropological or alienlike costumes" by K.D. Schill. Open Flight, 4205 University Way N.E., 387-7487, $8-$10. Pay-what-you-can dress rehearsal 8 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7. 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8-Sat. Dec. 9.Love Lessons A dance cabaret on the subject of luv is just part of each evening's festivities. Saturdays the lessons are salsa, Fridays are wild-cards. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., 324-7263, Dinner 6 p.m., cabaret 7:30, lessons 9:15 p.m, free dance 9:45 p.m. $25 without dinner, $60 with. Under 21: $20 cabaret, $55 with dinner (no lessons). Fridays through Dec. 15, Saturdays through Jan. 27.Nutcracker Sweets Great for kids, or any dance newbies, an abbreviated Nutcracker. ARC Dance Space, 9250 14th Ave. N.W., 352-0798, $5-$12. 7 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8-Sat. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9-Sun. Dec. 10.Greenlake Folk Dancers Balkan line and circle dances (partners not required). Instruction at 7:30 p.m. for $10, social dance 8:30 p.m. for $5. VFW Hall, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., 325-7668, Fri. Dec. 8 & 15.International Ballet Theatre Bringing The Nutcracker to the Eastside, with PNB's Stanko Milov. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, 425-893-9900,, 325-6500, $15-$35. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8-Sat. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9-Sun. Dec. 10. Also running Fri. Dec. 15-Sat. Dec. 23 at Meydenbauer Theatre, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., also 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 21.Emerald City Contra Dance Participatory dance (all dances taught, no partner necessary) to the strains of the folk quintet Minnie Pearljam. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 440-9839, $4-$7. Beginners at 7 p.m., dance at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8.Grudge Match: ReMatch The sequel to last year's Grudge Match, "a satirical look at personal, political, and spiritual experiences of grudge and forgiveness. . . centered on the annual gathering of extended families around the holiday table, sibling rivalry and the gifting ritual." "We see this as our antitdote to The Nutcracker," says director Joséphine A. Zmolek. Barefoot Studios, 311 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma, 253-627-2273, $12-$15. Opens Fri. Dec. 8. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17.New Moves Concert 2006 Choreography and performance from Cornish College of the Arts students. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd floor, 325-6500, $3-$5. 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8-Sun. Dec. 10, also 3 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9.Seattle Early Dance SEE THE WIRE, SAT. Haller Lake Community Club, 12579 Densmore Ave. N.,, $15. 7 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9.The Steadfast Tin Soldier A story ballet after Hans Christian Andersen. Dance Fremont at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave. N.E., Shoreline, 633-0812, www. $10-$12. 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9-Sun. Dec. 10. Gift of Dance Dance—and choreography—by kids 8 to 15. Kaleidoscope Dance Company at Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave. N., Shoreline, 363-7281. $3-$5. 3 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10. 12 Minutes Max Lots of dance in this recurring performance showcase, but also film and "a hula with political overtures." (They could mean "overtones," but not necessarily.) Studio Theater, On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 217-9888, $7. 7 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10-Mon. Dec. 11.Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker And tell Tchaikovsky the news: Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann present stars from Seattle's burlesque A-list in "a spectacle of ecdysiastic pageantry" set to a swing-era soundtrack. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, $18-$20. 7 & 10 p.m. Wed. Dec. 13 & 20.

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