Jirí Kylián's 1974 one-act ballet inspired by John Cranko's death, "Return to the Strange Land" highlights Jessica Lang's "Oblivíon" & a new work by Scott Rink; Clark Studio Theater, Rose Building, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, B'way (65th St.), 477-3030 ext.3273; Thurs. & Fri. at 7, $20 [through 12/17].
LISA DALTON & terry DEAN BARTLETT
Dancers from Streb Ringside perform at Galapagos, 70 N. 6th St. (betw. Wythe & Kent Aves.), Williamsburg, 718-782-5188; Weds. at 10, $10.
Repertorio Espanol's world premiere written & directed by Cuba's Abelardo Estorino; Gramercy Arts Theater, 138 E. 27th St. (betw. Lexington & 3rd Aves.), 889-2850; Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2, $20-$25 [through 12/19].
the DESCENT BECKONS
Susan Marshall & Co. debuts dance/theater piece with 100 life-size inflatable dolls; Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave. (19th St.), 242-0800; Weds.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7:30, $35 [through 12/19].
the DISASTROUS ACT
Pooh Kaye choreographs evening of new works for dancers Daria Fain, David Roe & Ariane Mertz; Joyce Soho, 155 Mercer St. (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.), 334-7479; Thurs.-Sun. at 8, $10 [through 12/19].
DISCOVER: MARKS & MOVEMENTS
Choreographer Sophia Osborne & Philly artist Judith Barbour Osborne collaborate with SODA Inc. dancers for new works "Discover: Chaos & Order" & "Shades of Appeal;" Merce Cunningham Studio, 55 Bethune St., 11th Fl., (betw. West & Washington Sts.), rsvp 718-832-3554; Fri. & Sat. at 9, $12 [through 12/18].
Flamenco performances in tapas bar; El Patio Del East Side, 211 E. 60th St. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), 838-9090; Fri. & Sat. 8:30, $25.
FRIDAYS @ NOON
One-hour informal performances by upcoming choreographers, followed by discussion. Today, Doug Varone at 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 996-1100; Fri. at 12, free.
MESSIAH: THE DANCE
Rosa Mei Dance Company's version of Handel's classic; Theater of the Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave. (betw. 120th & 122nd Sts.), 924-0077; Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 3 & 8, $15, $12 st./s.c. [through 12/19].
Second annual holiday performance celebrates youth theater with "Papillion," "Simon Sez," "Tarantella," "Apple Pie" & "Medium: Rare" works incorporating bugs, Irish music, solo performances & a mini-trampoline; Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave. (19th St.), 242-0800; Tues. at 8, $35 [through 1/2].
Weekly tap dances at Cafe Forty-One, tonight, Ted levy taps into the new millennium during "Rev. Rhythm, Host of the Hosts" at 41 Clark St. (Hicks St.), Bklyn. Heights, 718-222-4488; Sat. at 8 & 10, $10 contrib.
Season comes to a close with "Autobiography of a Liar" which commemorates the last 25 years of Danspace Project, incl. dances by Wendell Beavers, Hope Clark, Scott Cunningham, Karen Graham, Paul Langland, Cynthia Oliver & Valda Setterfield; Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, 131 E. 10th St. (2nd Ave.), 674-8194; Thurs.-Sun. at 8:30, $20 [through 12/19].
Japanese choreographer performs contemporary dance piece, "Subject: Heuristic Ecdysis" at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave. (46th Ave.), 718-784-2084; Weds.-Sun. at 3, $5, $2 st./s.c. [through 12/19].
TANGO & TANGO
Spanish dancing & singing production from Thalia Spanish Theater in Queens comes to Theater East, 211 E. 60th St. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), 838-9090; Weds. & Thurs. at 8:30, Sun. at 4, $22-$30.
YOUNG SOON KIM DANCE
Co. celebrates their 10th birthday with gala performance of "Exile" at Bessie Schonberg Theater, 219 W. 19th St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 924-0077; Tues. at 8, $15 & $100 [repeats 12/22 & 12/23 at 8].