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Critic’s Picks: Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Tacoma City Ballet preview, Cirque du Soleil in Seattle and art and books in Gig Harbor

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet”

PNB’s production of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s ballet of the poignant Shakespeare tragedy is famous, and justly so: The emotions sing out from youthful bliss to deathly agony as the choreography fits perfectly with Prokofiev’s heartbreaking score. 7:30 p.m. tonight and Feb. 8; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, and 9; 1 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10. $28-$173. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-441-2424, pnb.org

Tacoma City Ballet free preview

Want to know how a ballet is created? Tacoma City Ballet is holding another free preview, this time of its upcoming event Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soirée. Choreographers and dancers give sneak peaks and talk about their work. 7:30 p.m. tonight. Free, limited to 50 reservations. Tacoma City Ballet, Merlino Building, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4219, tacomacityballet.com

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“Alegría” comes to town: another (mostly) awesome show from Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil's "Contortion" act. Photo: Camirand.


Cirque du Soleil has produced many shows since it began 26 years ago, and the newer they are the more technically inventive they get. But it’s nice, sometimes, to go back to beginnings, and with “Alegría” – one of the Canadian company’s oldest shows, and playing this week at the Tacoma Dome – you get all the wow with a good dose of innocence.

The stage is intimate: Instead of the vast space of the Big Top events, this adaptation for arena is sheltered under a dome, with Wonderland lights dotting a circular stage. After the standard clown introduction, which doesn’t work so well with house lights up, the band comes in with a strolling-tango vibe that sets the scene for the rest of the vibrant score. Bizarre bird-people in purple feathers bustle around, spiky nymphs make a brief appearance.

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Cirque du Soleil at the Tacoma Dome next Wednesday


If you’re a fan of acrobatics, extravagant costumes, fantastical world music and general thrills, you won’t want to miss Cirque du Soleil, in town for the first time ever next Wednesday. The behemoth Canadian company which runs over 20 shows constantly and has revolutionized human-based circus over their nearly-three decades arrives at the Tacoma Dome on Sept. 15 for a five-day run of their long-running “Alegría.”

“Alegría” is Spanish for “jubilation,” and that’s exactly what the show’s about: the sheer joy of youth, expressed in aerial bar, flying bungee acrobatics, power track trampolining, hoops, fire knives and

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