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January 23, 1994|By J. Wynn Rousuck

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The dance-theater company Onafhankelijk Toneel of Rotterdam kicks off the second year of the U.S./Netherlands Touring & Exchange Project at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., Wednesday with its production of "Happy Endings."

Choreographed by Ton Lutgerink, with an original score by Henny Vrienten, "Happy Endings" takes place in a movie theater scheduled for demolition. At a farewell party given by the theater's owners, film buffs find their movie fantasy roles coming to life. The Touring & Exchange Project is a three-year cooperative effort between three Dutch companies and four American cities. Show times for "Happy Endings" are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with an all-access matinee Sunday at 3 p.m. at Cafe Nirvana, 1727 N. Charles St. Tickets are $14. Call (410) 752-8558; TDD: (800) 735-2258.

@ One of the best shows of 1993 was last fall's "Contemporary East European Ceramics," a moving show of ceramic sculpture from 15 countries presented by three Baltimore institutions: the Clayworks, the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and The Contemporary, Baltimore's museum without walls. During the show, two of the artists represented came to Baltimore for residencies for which the institute acted as host. They were Jindra Vikova from the Czech Republic and Czeslaw Podlesny from Poland. Naturally they produced work while they were here, and that work goes on view Thursday in the show "From Eastern Europe: Made in Baltimore" at the Clayworks, 5706 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington. The show opens with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and continues through Feb. 25. Clayworks hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For information, Call (410) 578-1919.

John Dorsey A carpenter's scaffolding provides the unusual setting for a dance performance by Boston Dance Collective, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Stephens Hall Theatre, Towson State University. Presented by Towson's Dance on the Edge organization, "Pipe Dream" represents a "fantastic pilgrimage," as six dancers move around and upon the web of scaffolding, ultimately climbing to its top, 20 feet above the stage. Composer Caleb Simpson's original score includes performances by saxophonist Ken Field. The dance weekend also includes a lecture by Dance Collective co-director Martha Armstrong Gray, at 7 p.m. Saturday, and both performances will be followed by open discussions. Tickets are $15 for adults; $13 for TSU faculty, staff and alumni; and $11 for students, senior citizens and children. Call (410) 830-3369.

Steve McKerrow

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