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Dance Alloy has a new show -- and a new home for its mainstage productions. 

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This past December, Dance Alloy Theater presented From Where We've Come ..., a program recalling the company's 35-year history. 

From April 15-17, the company points where it's headed with ...To Where We're Going. That direction includes more collaborations with local choreographers as well as a change in venue: Unlike recent mainstage productions, staged at the New Hazlett Theater, this one takes place at the company's studio performance space, in Friendship.

The studio seats 70 for performances, compared to more than 300 at the Hazlett. 

Alloy marketing coordinator Jessica Marino said the change reflects the group's mission. "We're striving more than ever to be a hub for the Pittsburgh dance community," she says. Moreover, she adds, "the work that we're doing fits really great in that space." 

In a time of tight budgets, the move will also avoid rental payments. "Being able to save a little always helps," says Marino.

The April program features three new works, plus a reprise of Nora Chipaumire's riveting and ritualistic "Becoming Angels."

In her second recent work for the company, Pillow Project artistic director/choreographer Pearlann Porter continues exploring humanity's place in the universe. In the 17-minute "A Pale Blue Jazz," set to music by Japanese jazz band The Seatbelts and Brad Mehldau, Porter draws inspiration from science's Drake Equation, used to estimate the number of detectable extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way. The work "deals with life here and improvising it on the pale-blue dot," she says.

In a new 10-minute work titled "Things You Miss," choreographer Ursula Payne explores how a person's concept of home shifts as life circumstances change. Payne, an associate professor of dance at Slippery Rock University, says she got the idea after her own perceptions of home changed following the deaths of her father and grandmother. The work for the full company is set to music by Ennio Morricone, Eddie Beram and Stephan Micus.

Rounding out the program is "Facet Aspekt." The new work by Alloy artistic director Greer Reed-Jones, in collaboration with the company's three female dancers, explores the many facets of being female.  


DANCE ALLOY THEATER PRESENTS ...TO WHERE WE'RE GOING 8 p.m. Fri., April 15; 8 p.m. Sat., April 16; and 2 p.m. Sun., April 17. Dance Alloy, 5530 Penn Ave., Friendship. $20-25 (the April 17 performance is pay-what-you-can). 412-363-4321 or



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