February 13, 2012
Pittsburgh Dance Council proudly presents Dance Works Rotterdam/André Gingras in the U.S. premiere of ANATOMICA on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the Byham Theater, at 8:00 p.m. This performance is also part of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Distinctively Dutch Festival.*
Tickets ($19-$45) may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at www.trustarts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. First Commonwealth is the proud season sponsor of Pittsburgh Dance Council, and 90.5 Essential Public Radio is the media sponsor.
The company, which was formally known as Werkcentrum Dans, was founded in 1975 by Käthy Gosschalk. However, when André Gingras became the new artistic director in 2010, he changed the name to Dance Works Rotterdam/André Gingras. The company stands as one of the oldest dance companies in the Netherlands, and for that reason, has played an important role in the evolution of dance as a beneficial component of contemporary culture. Many distinguished Dutch dance artists started their career with Dance Works Rotterdam.
André Gingras was born in Canada and studied theater, dance and English literature in Toronto, Montréal and New York City. He became the artistic director of Dance Works Rotterdam in March 2010. Prior to Dance Works Rotterdam, Gingras worked extensively in dance and theater and became well known internationally. Gingras’ exploration of movement arises from his studies of physical activities such as martial arts and free running. His choreography displays an energetic and raw dance form that combines visual and digital arts and immerses the audience in a creative dialogue based on contemporary issues.
In the ANATOMICA series, André Gingras was inspired by the allure, risk and consequences of the human body on display. Anatomica#3 is his first work in what will ultimately be a triptych. In Anatomica#3, which premiered on February 23, 2007, at the Theatre Royal Brighton, Gingras examines the manifestation and creativity of the astounding human body. He also investigates the objectification and virtuosity of the body. In his newest work for this series, Anatomica#1, Gingras exercises a contemporary dance language integrated with free running, while all paired with his trademark intense partnering. His objective in Anatomica#1 is to answer the question: Why is there a drive towards display? “ANATOMICA is a spectacle to watch and an absolute must-see" (Cultuurbewust.nl). “A terrific splurge of vibrant physicality and joie de vivre that sets out to showcase what an amazing miracle the body represents” (The Times of London).
* The Distinctively Dutch Festival is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, in collaboration with the Kingdom of the Netherlands. From February through May, 2012, throughout downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, the Festival will feature a range of contemporary work that is reflective of today’s Dutch culture, including dance, jazz, visual art, film, theater, children’s theater and literature. The Festival is part of the Cultural Trust’s mission to present a wide variety of art forms, as well as companies and artists who represent our world’s rich cultural heritages. The Cultural Trust seeks to present artists of the highest quality and caliber in each discipline, particularly artists who would not normally have an opportunity to be seen in Pittsburgh or the United States. For more information, visit www.trustarts.org/dutchfestival.
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