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Ballet, butoh and Rhythmic Circus are all on Pittsburgh’s fall dance card

From house music to holiday shows, it’s a packed slate

The Pillow Project’s Thought Pockets, Sept. 26-Oct. 7 at various Downtown locations
The Pillow Project’s Thought Pockets, Sept. 26-Oct. 7 at various Downtown locations

Ballet, butoh and Rhythmic Circus are just part of the wide variety of dance local audiences will see this fall. Here’s a select sampling.

Dancer/choreographer Anthony Williams will be one of several performers at The Andy Warhol Museum theater for Trans-Q Live! (Fri., Sept. 16), a queer evening of dance, poetry, comedy and music. Then the museum welcomes experimental theater artist/dancer Takao Kawaguchi (Oct. 13) with his tribute to a legendary Japanese butoh icon, entitled About Kazuo Ohno. Alba Flamenca presents its ongoing flamenco series Tablao Flamenco on Sept. 25, and again on Nov. 13, at The Pittsburgh Winery. The Pillow Project continues Thought Pockets (Sept. 26-Oct. 7), a series of free, site-specific outdoor performance-installations at Downtown locations. And on Sept. 28, the Russian Grand Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty at the Byham Theater. 

At the New Hazlett Theater, Texture Contemporary Ballet’s second offering of the season, Impulse (Sept. 30-Oct. 1), explores humanity’s strongest emotions in several new ballets. The company returns to the Pittsburgh Dance Center on Oct. 29 for its annual WIP Project. The Duquesne University Tamburitzans enter their 80th season as the longest-running multicultural song-and-dance company in the U.S., with performances Oct. 1 (at the Pittsburgh Masonic Center) and Nov. 19 (at West Mifflin Middle School).

Pittsburgh Dance Council opens its season Oct. 1 at the Byham Theater, with the Martha Graham Dance Company performing Graham favorites; then on Oct. 21-22 at the August Wilson Center, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company returns to town with the World War II-inspired Analogy/Dora: Tramontane. At Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Gallery Attack Theatre revives its popular site-specific audience-participation work Some Assembly Required (Oct. 7-9). The work will take shape around French architect José Oubrerie’s exhibition Architecture With and Without Le Corbusier. On Dec. 1-3, at Pittsburgh Opera’s George R. White Studio, Attack explores “theatrical landscapes and captivating episodes” in a new work, Unbolted.

click to enlarge Jasmine Hearn - PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTT SHAW
Photo courtesy of Scott Shaw
Jasmine Hearn

Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company’s Student Choreography Project returns to the university’s George Rowland White Performance Studio Oct. 14-16; on Nov. 16-20, in Contemporary Choreographers, the student troupe performs new works by David Norsworthy, Helen Simoneau, James Gregg and Stephanie Martinez. The company ends 2016 with Ballet Off-Center, Dec. 2-11 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, with new works by Alexandra Damiani, Darrell Moultrie, Jason McDole and Daniel Karasik. On Oct. 22 at Pillow Project’s The Space Upstairs, dancer/choreographer Kaylin Horgan performs her new multi-perceptional murder mystery, The Gaslight. And Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre opens its season Oct. 28-30 at the Benedum Center with a revamped production of artistic director Terrence Orr’s Giselle, with a live orchestra and featuring all new sets and costumes. On Dec. 2-27 at the Benedum, PBT presents The Nutcracker.

On Nov. 12 Minneapolis’ Rhythmic Circus stomps, swings and taps in Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!, at Shady Side Academy’s Hillman Center. On Nov. 18-19, at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Staycee Pearl Dance Project’s FLOWERZ explores the culture of house music and dance. Also on Nov. 19, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, in conjunction with La Roche College, returns to the Byham to reprise Maria Caruso’s The Messiah with the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra and Maestri Singers. On, Nov. 25-26 at the Byham, Lightwire Theater performs A Very Electric Christmas. The children’s show is a unique take on holiday themes including The Nutcracker. In-demand dancer/choreographer Jasmine Hearn performs an in-process showing of her blue, sable, and burning on Dec. 1 at The Space Upstairs. And Dec. 9 and 10, at Wood Street Galleries, slowdanger performs memory 5, the latest episode in an ongoing series.

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