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Summer Dance in Pittsburgh

Image of IdiosynCrazy Productions from KST's website

Well, most companies in our small city of Pittsburgh take the summer off. Student intensive courses are poised to begin at Point Park, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Father Ryan Arts Center and at many more locations. But for those in Pittsburgh this summer who want to see some dance, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (KST) has come through again.

While many organizations go into organizational mode over …more…

The Season of Dance Parties Continues With FULL BLOOM

The coming of spring in Pittsburgh triggers a few distinct events. First, there is the flooding of the city with attendees of college graduations. Then there is the emptying of the city as students leave for their hometowns. And when the Pittsburgh natives come out of their winter hiding places, it is time to dance.

Spring, favored by many arts organizations in the area for benefit events concludes with a series …more…

Pittsburgh Dance Council Announces 2012-13 Season

Image of Black Grace from Cultural Trust website

I am still buzzing from this Dance Council season which ended Saturday with a stunning performance by Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. And now, the Dance Council, part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, has announced its upcoming season.

The season features crowd pleasers, Les Ballets Trockadero, an all-male group that parodies the ballet and contemporary dance world… often on pointe (pun intended)! Streb, the dare-devil …more…

newMoves in Full “Bloom”

Image of BLOOM! Dance Collective from KST website

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater will be hosting a number of local, Ohio, Philadelphia and New York choreographers as well as BLOOM! Dance Collective from Hungary as a part of newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival.

The three-day program will feature 16 choreographers, 42 dancers and 5 live musician. For the first time, the festival will also include symposiums, “featuring leaders in the dance community from …more…

A big weekend for local dance in Pittsburgh!

Image from Attack Theatre's website

Two local companies are presenting new works this weekend in Pittsburgh.

Gia T. Presents, the company of improviser Gia Cacalano, will be performing in BLINK with dancers England/Amsterdam’s Vincent Cacalano, New York’s Wendell Cooper and Philadelphia musician Michael McDermott as well as a cast of local performers–Jil Stifel, Jeff Berman, David Bernabo, Hill Jordan and Dr. Nelson Harrison. BLINK is an interdisciplinary improvised score with live …more…

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ushers in another US dance premier with its Distinctly Dutch Festival!

Image from Cultural Trust website

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 …more…

Upcoming: Amitage Gone! Dance in Pittsburgh

Karole Armitage, known for her punk approach to classical dance, will present the work Three Theories this Saturday as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Dance Council season. Armitage’s company Armitage Gone! Dance is known for their exciting speed of movement and their ability to contrast the fractured lines and asymmetrical forms of the choreography with the continuous and symmetrical forms of ballet.

Three Theories is based on the best-selling book …more…

Kota Yamazaki to dance in the Warhol’s Off the Wall series

The Warhol, a favorite Pittsburgh museum and namesake of Pittsburgh native and revered pop artist Andy Warhol, will be including dance among its offerings for the 2012 Off the Wall series. Butoh-trained and Bessie award-winning dancer/choreographer Kota Yamazaki will be performing a work inspired by an essay entitled In Praise of Shadows. ...more...

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Uncommon to feature Dwight Rhoden premiere at August Wilson Center

via PBT website

In an uncommon move, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) will stage its first work in partnership with August Wilson Center for African American Culture. The show, Uncommon, will open the post-holiday season for the well-established Pittsburgh company and will feature a world premiere by Complexions Contemporary Ballet‘s Dwight Rhoden.

Uncommon will be performed with a live chamber orchestra that will play works by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. The show …more…

Pittsburgh Dancers: Spotlight on Gene Kelly

While there is some post-holiday downtime in the Pittsburgh dance scene, I thought I’d take the time to highlight some Pittsburgh dancers who have great historical significance for both the city and American dance as a whole. First, one of my childhood favorites, star of Singin’ in the Rain and other hit shows, Gene Kelly.

Gene Kelly was born in 1912 in Highland Park. While he was initially resistant to dance …more…

Dance for the Holidays!

kNOT Dance from First Night website

The holiday dance shows are wrapping up in Pittsburgh. Uniquely Pittsburgh in flavor, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker closed on December 23rd with great reviews from local critics for revisions by choreographer and artistic director of the company Terrence Orr.

Attack Theatre’s contemporary take on seasonal dance, Holiday Unwrapped finished its short run for the public in early December. The company will not perform …more…

Resident dance company to premier OCTAVIA at Strayhorn

The work OCTAVIA promises to be particularly engaging for the Pittsburgh dance aficionado as it is performed by KST’s new resident company under the direction of choreographer Staycee Pearl. In conversation with another local dancer who has seen rehearsals of the show, Pearl has taken her breed of contemporary dance in a new direction with OCTAVIA, integrating her multimedia explorations on a higher level and creating a unique movement vocabulary. ...more...

Merger Between Dance Alloy and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

Michael Walsh of Dance Alloy Theater; Photo from website

On October 19th Dance Alloy Theater and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater officially announced their merger. This comes after months of rumors in the artistic community about the future of Dance Alloy. The Strayhorn will manage all of the dance classes at the Alloy’s school and will use the Alloy’s venue for rehearsals, performances and residencies. The Alloy’s dance company, the longest-established …more…