Texture Contemporary Ballet. Dancers: Kelsey Bartman, Alan Obuzor and Brynn Vogel.
By Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
From The Pillow Project's "A Pale Blue Jazz" to Texture Contemporary Ballet's premiere, accompanied by the jazz stylings of Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, dance is in Full Bloom this summer. Dance audiences can "Sing the Body Electric" with Shana Simmons Dance and ELCO at Three Rivers Arts Festival or be soothed (perhaps) by Andre Koslowski's "Lullaby." There's plenty of experimental dance to be seen ("The Ubiquitous Mass of Us"), sampled (several interactive projects) or even tasted (Kelly Strayhorn's Beats 'N Eats).
FIREWALL DANCE THEATER: This is the new resident dance company at Off the Wall performing arts center in Carnegie, debuting with “ON THE ROX,” a character study set in a cocktail lounge (May 23-31). www.insideoffthewall.com.
PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE SCHOOL: This year-end showcase involves 200 PBT students at the Byham Theater in an assortment of ballets, including highlights from “La Bayadere,” Julia Adam’s “Medium is the Message” and a pair of works by pre-professional students Caroline MacDonald, choreographer, and Jack Hawn, composer (May 23). 412-456-6666 or www.pbt.org.
ATTACK THEATRE: The Attackers kick off a nine-month project called “Remainder,” a “dynamic community performance” interaction leading to a new work at The New Hazlett Theater (June 22). Catch them later on in Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s dance-opera version of the long-running off-Broadway favorite, “The Fantasticks” (Twentieth Century Club, July 12, 13, 17, 25 and 26). www.attacktheatre.org. www.otsummerfest.org.
KELLY STRAYHORN THEATER: Following an evening of casual fun at Full Bloom (June 1), residencies and their performances play a major role at KST this summer, beginning with Andre Koslowski’s TanzTheater and a new duet, “Wiegenlied (Lullaby)” (The Alloy Studios, June 20), then on to Dean Moss/Gamophyte Inc. in “johnbrown,” which will involve local teenagers and will premiere at New York City’s The Kitchen this fall (KST, June 27), Gabrielle Revlock & Nicole Binder in the community-inclusive “I made this for you” (KST, July 25) and Marjani Forte’s “being Here…/this time (The Alloy Studios, Aug. 15). On an informal note, join KST for Beats ’N Eats, a midday dance party on the second Wednesday of each month (KST, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13). www.kellystrayhorn.org.
THE ABBY LEE DANCE COMPANY: The reality show stars of Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” kick off the summer at Hartwood Acres. Free (June 1). www.abbyleedancecompany.com.
THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL: TRAF begins its dance events with the New York-based Boomerang, known as the “punk Mozarts of dance” (June 7), a collaboration between Shana Simmons Dance and The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, “We Sing the Body Electric” (June 8), Alba Flamenca (June 14) and Reed Dance’s salute to Stevie Wonder (June 15). All performances will take place in the Peirce Studio at 805 Liberty Ave. Free. www.3riversartsfest.org.
MAREE REMALIA l MERRYGOGO: Choreographer Maree ReMalia concludes the New Hazlett Theater’s Community Supported Art (CSA) Performance Series with the premiere of “The Ubiquitous Mass of Us,” a rollicking interdisciplinary performance work that investigates the way we take up space (June 14). www.newhazletttheater.org.
THE PILLOW PROJECT: The prolific Pearlann Porter always has a burgeoning schedule for the summer. Headlining this year will be a full-length edition of “A Pale Blue Jazz,” based on Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” (July 19-23). Or get intimate with “A One Night Stand on Broken Piano” (July 26). And there’s always the long-running Second Saturdays, a terrific multidisciplinary mix, on the second Saturday of each month, of course. It’s all in The Space Upstairs adjacent to Construction Junction. On Facebook.
PITTSBURGH PRIDEFEST: Dance aficionado Richard Parsakian ensures that dance plays an important role in Pridefest. This year’s lineup includes Texture Contemporary Ballet, The Pillow Project, Jasmine Hearn, Reed Dance, STAYCEE PEARL dance project and Taylor Knight (Liberty Avenue June 15). www.pittsburghpride.org.
TEXTURE CONTEMPORARY BALLET: Texture celebrates its third annual Birthday Party with drinks, refreshments and three mini performances (Pittsburgh Dance Center, July 5), then turns to Life, Love & Jazz, featuring a world premiere by artistic director Alan Obuzor with live jazz by Marty Ashby and the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Quartet and new works by associate artistic director Kelsey Bartman and resident choreographer Gabriel Gaffney Smith (New Hazlett Theater, July 17-20). www.textureballet.org.
PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE SUMMER INTENSIVE: The six-week program concludes with a Choreographic Showcase (July 25) and Final Performance (July 26). www.pbt.org.
INTERNATIONAL SUMMER DANCE: Point Park University finishes its summer intensive with a showcase featuring choreography by Barbara Pontecorvo, Svetlana Novodran, Patrick Frantz and Kiki Lucas among others at the George Rowland White Performance Studio (July 31-Aug. 2).
CONTINUUM DANCE THEATER: CDT moves to Off the Wall theater in Carnegie with a new work, “EMPIRE” (Aug. 8-10). www.continuumdancetheater.com.
PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE: PBT performs “Under the Stars” in its annual Hartwood Acres outing, a free program of mixed repertoire and family-oriented pre-performance activities (Aug. 17). www.pbt.org.
REED DANCE INTENSIVE: Greer Reed’s high-energy intensive ends with a performance at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (Aug. 15). www.kellystrayhorn.org.
DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY TAMBURITZANS: The Tammies bring their latest edition of Eastern European arts to Hartwood Acres (Aug. 24). www.duq.edu/tamburitzans.
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