This week's dance includes a film preview of Ballet New Zealand's Giselle, site specific dance in Chinatown and tango that goes on and on.
4. Canadians searching for sunshine
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal has evolved from its original focus on jazz dance and music to favoring more contemporary flavors. This two day visit offers a triptych of works from three "in demand" dancemakers: Benjamin Milliepied, Wen Wei Wang and Barak Marshall. At Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills; Fri.-Sat., Jan. 10-11, 8 p.m., $53-$79. 310-246-3800, www.thewallis.org.
3. Tango that doesn't stop
Luis Bravo's Forever Tango, one of the longest-running touring tango shows, stops off for two shows and a special ArgenTango fundraiser on Saturday with food and a cabaret show. At Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine; Thurs.-Fri., Jan. 16-17, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 18, 7 p.m., $40-$52, $25-$35 under 30 years; $125 Sat. only. 949-854-4646, www.thebarclay.org.
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2. See the film, then see the dance
Later this month, former American Ballet Theatre star Ethan Steifel, who now leads New Zealand Ballet, arrives with that company's full length Giselle, but audiences need not wait as Dance Camera West presents one showing of the film version with ABT's Gillian Murphy in the title role. Ticket buyers will be eligible to win passes to the live performance at the Music Center. At the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Sat., Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., $11, 323-466-3456 www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/giselle.
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1. Smiarowski obsession #3
Choreographer Kristen Smiarowski unveils Sleep, Staring, Well, the third installment of The Key Game Project, her ongoing response to Polish writer Ida Fink's short story The Key Game. Tickets will be sold for admission at 15 minute intervals. Once inside, audience members can move about the two story performance space to encounter dance performances, live music, art objects, as well as video and sound installations. After the performances, the installation continues on view through Jan. 25. At Automata, 504 Chung King Court, dwntwn.; Thurs.-Fri., Jan. 16-17, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 18, 4 p.m., $15, $12 seniors & students, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/547133. 213-819-6855, www.automata-la.org.