The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has done a great job bringing in dance works for the Dance Council season as a part of its Distinctly Dutch Festival–at the end of February, Dance Works Rotterdam’s Anatomica and now the US premier of Last Touch First.
Last Touch First is the work of Jirí Kylián, the former artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater and Michal Schumacher, an expat well-known for his improvisations. The blurb on the Cultural Trust website calls Last Touch First “intimate” and notes that the performers/ creators, “eschew physical virtuosity for control, subtlety and timing,” with the piece. It promises to be theatrical in performance, taking place in a surreal 19th century Victorian setting.
Performances are Downtown at the August Wilson Center on the evenings of Friday and Saturday April 6th and 7th. Schumacher will be teaching an improvisation workshop for dancers at the Benedum Theater on Saturday afternoon. For ticketing and workshop information visit the Cultural Trust website.