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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Kelly-Strayhorn Hosts Emerging Choreographers

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater’s successful Next Stage Residency for choreographers holds its annual works-in-progress showing this Saturday.

The featured artists presenting the results of the week-long residency are T. Lang, who heads Atlanta’s T. Lang Dance Ensembel, and Philadelphia-based choreographer Megan Mazarick.

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Lang (pictured) and five dancers will perform excerpts from Mother/Mutha, her new work exploring the stories of African women who were forced to breed slaves.

Mazarick’s work-in-progress, Calvary, Cavalry, juxtaposes religion and the iconography of the old American West. (Think Christian symbolism partnered with horses and guns.) Performing the excerpts with Mazarick herself will be Pittsburgh dancers Jil Stifel and Darcy Shattner.

Notable works to emerge from previous Next Stage residencies include Kyle Abraham’s The Radio Show and Sidra Bell’s REVUE.

The works-in-progress showcase will be held not at the Kelly-Strayhorn proper, but at its satellite venue at The Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave., in Friendship.

The show’s at 8 p.m. (with a pre-show mixer at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $15-35; see Kelly-strayhorn.org or call 412-363-3000.

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