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Seattle dance activity on all fronts

Seattle enjoys another busy dance weekend, with new works by Amy O'Neal and Paige Barnes premiering, plus notable dance showcases from Chamber Dance Company and Men in Dance

Seattle Times arts writer

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It's not quite the dance Parnassus we experienced last week, with Mark Morris Dance Group and Paul Taylor Dance Company coming to town. But it's still an action-packed week, with at least four notable events taking place.

Chamber Dance Company: Hannah Wiley of the University of Washington dance program brings the dance archive to life with a downright alchemical flair. This time she reaches as far back as 1906, with Ruth St. Denis' "The Incense," in a suite of solos by female choreographers. Also on the program: Susan Marshall's marvelous 1984 male-female duet, "Arms," in which caress and coercion get mighty difficult to distinguish. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $10-$20 (206-543-4880 or www.meany.org).

Men in Dance: Every two years, male dancers move into the spotlight with this festival that always includes some spectacular work. This year's showcase includes work by Wade Madsen, Jason Ohlberg and a special guest from Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Witty, inventive choreographer Deborah Wolf, a "Men in Dance" regular, also returns with a work for five male dancers, while Olivier Wevers premieres a solo for Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Andrew Bartee (second weekend only). 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 21. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle; $20-$25 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).

AmyO/tinyrage: Prankster-provocateur Amy O'Neal debuts the full-length version of her solo piece, "The Most Innovative, Daring and Original Piece of Dance/Performance You Will See This Decade" — a droll "nonverbal lecture" (with supertitles) about the charged gender/racial/political import of various dance vocabularies. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Oct. 21. Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave., Seattle; $12-$15 (206-325-8773 or www.velocitydancecenter.org).

"Lead Bunny": Choreographer Paige Barnes' latest project is a multimedia extravaganza that also has a monthlong art-installation component to it. Former PNB dancer Vincent Cuny and numerous other collaborators join Barnes in contemplating "the contradictory experiences human beings have when trying to connect." Performances at 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Hedreen Gallery, 901 12th Ave., Seattle; $8 (reservations: leadbunny@paigebarnes.in). Exhibit 1:30-6 p.m. through Oct. 31, Hedreen Gallery, 901 12th Ave., Seattle; free (206-296-2244 or www.seattleu.edu/hedreen).

Michael Upchurch: mupchurch@seattletimes.com

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