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

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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

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

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

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“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: Exhibit 1:30-6 p.m. through Oct. 31, Hedreen Gallery, 901 12th Ave., Seattle; free (206-296-2244 or

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