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Steve Sucato on Pittsburgh dance: Expect energized 2018-19 season from Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company

A choreographic bounty celebrates opening of new Pittsburgh Playhouse

Steve Sucato Aug 29, 2018 6:00 AM
Katie Ging
Dancer Callie Hector

Garfield Lemonius has pulled out all the stops for his first full season of programming works for Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company. The 2018-19 campaign is a stellar repertory mix that includes works by choreography giants Nacho Duato and Christopher Wheeldon, as well as Pittsburgh-native Kyle Abraham. 

“For this news season, we wanted to bring in a little bit of the old, a little bit of the new, and a little bit of the future,” says Lemonius, the Conservatory Dance Company’s new chair. 

The choreographic bounty celebrates Point Park’s new, $60-million Pittsburgh Playhouse. “Winter Dance Concert” is the debut production at the 560-seat PNC Theatre. It runs December 7-16.

Born in Jamaica, raised in Toronto, and a former principal dancer with Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Lemonius’ repertory aesthetics will stamp the upcoming season. Still, department faculty and dance students were involved in his decisions. “I find I am more of a facilitator,” says Lemonius. “That is what works for me and my leadership style.” 

The new season from Conservatory Dance Company would make many professional dance companies envious. A brief look: