Monday, April 30, 2012

Contemporary Dance Enlivens Dance Council Upcoming Season

FOR RELEASE: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Contact: Diana Roth,

Pittsburgh Dance Council 2012/2013 Season

An exceptional lineup of world-class contemporary dance

The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces a diverse representation of the best in contemporary dance for 2012-2013. The season combines the work of iconic choreographer Mark Morris with the rising talent of Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham; the levity of the legendary Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo with the gravity of Akram Khan’s stunning full-length work Vertical Road; the ground-breaking action of STREB with the traditional cultural influences present in the work of New Zealand’s indigenous dance company Black Grace.

“What I’m really excited about this season is the breadth and depth of expressions that are communicated through dance,” said Executive Director Paul J. Organisak. “The season reflects a balanced mixture that offers audiences an eclectic and engaging glimpse into the vast range of contemporary dance.”

The Pittsburgh Dance Council 2012-2013 Season Line-up:

Photography by Tom Caravaglia

Friday, September 28, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
8 p.m.
Byham Theater
A thrilling, heart-stopping investigation of action, STREB: FORCES  boldly explores a range of motions, from everyday movements to the extreme action of sports, the circus and adventure rides.  Inventor and architect of eccentric action, Elizabeth Streb orchestrates an athletic cadre of daring theater specialists, taking audiences on a wild ride into mechanically outrageous zones and configurations. Gravity be damned. Fasten your safety belts. "By exploring the frontiers of performance space, and creating works that reflect the spirit of our technological age, Ms. Streb is carrying dance into a new dimension." -The New York Times

Vertical Road by Laurent Ziegler

Akram Khan Company Vertical Road
Saturday, October 20, 2012
8 p.m.
Byham Theater
British-born Bangladeshi choreographer Akram Khan is celebrated internationally for the vitality he brings to intercultural dance expressions. Khan’s stunning full-length work Vertical Road is a rare feast for the senses—design, lighting, music and dance combine in a rich glow of art. Vertical Road is a meditation on the journey from gravity to grace, drawing inspiration from the Sufi tradition and the words of beloved Persian poet and philosopher Rumi. "Akram Khan is a true choreographer...someone who asks what it is to be human and provides the answers in dance." -The London Evening Standard

Photography by Ian Douglas
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion
Boyz n the Hood: Pavement
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Byham Theater
Like August Wilson, Kyle Abraham draws heavily from his experiences growing up African American in Pittsburgh to create personal and culturally-referenced works. The New York Times has described Kyle Abraham’s work as “an intriguing mix of breaking and Chaplinesque pathos.” The evening's full-length performance pairs classic essays from W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk and John Singleton’s 1991 film, Boyz n the Hood with an operatic score layered with a brash urban landscape. “Kyle Abraham is the biggest choreographic force coming out of Pittsburgh and has taken a prominent place as a must-see choreographer on the New York scene.” - Jane Vranish, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Photography by Duncan Cole

Black Grace
Saturday, March 2, 2013
8 p.m.
Byham Theater
Samoan culture informs and shapes New Zealand’s most accomplished choreographer Neil Ieremia, fueling his artistry with organic exuberance.  Black Grace manifests the rhythms, spirit and energy of Pacific heritage with outstanding works from the company’s 17-year history.
The performance includes excerpts from Minoi, Pati Pati, Objects and Amata—plus a glimpse fromWaka, a fascinating new work inspired by the 1898 painting The Arrival of the Maoris. In the Samoan tradition of tatau (tattoo, body art), Black Grace will make an indelible impression. “A polished, pungent, bone-crunching physical and perfectly executed alchemy of music, muscle and motion.” - New Zealand Herald

Photography by Sascha Vaughn
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Friday, April 5, 2013
8 p.m.
Byham Theater
For more than 35 years, New York’s legendary all-male dance company “Keeps on Trockin” by playfully bringing the pleasures of dance to the widest possible audience.  Through its skillful parodies of ballet classics and modern dance,  the Trocks’ comedic brilliance lies in incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, incongruities, accidents and underlying congruities of serious dance. “Whenever I leave a Trocks’ show I'm always, always, happy. I can't say this of any other company. What thrills me is the cleverness and subtlety of their observations and the sheer technical dedication of all involved. The Trocks know their stuff.” - Ballet Magazine

Photography by Brian Snyder

Mark Morris Dance Group
Saturday, May 4, 2013
8 p.m.
Byham Theater
Endlessly inventive and masterful, Mark Morris ranks among the world’s greatest choreographers. Described as “undeviating in his devotion to music,” Mark Morris has made live musical accompaniment the gold standard in modern dance.  For more than three decades, the Mark Morris Dance Group has been wowing the world over with outstanding works that dutifully exude Mark Morris’ prolificacy, passion and artistic conviction. “That Mr. Morris reveals his musical sophistication through barefoot modern dancing is what gives his choreography such primal elegance. Whether the effect is joyful, bombastic or as quiet as can be, the connective tissue is rhythm. He finds ways to make bodies sing all the notes, not just the high ones.” - The New York Times

Subscription Information
Subscription packages for the Pittsburgh Dance Council’ six-show series are available for: $96-$240. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390; groups of 10 or more tickets, call 412-471-6930. Single tickets for Pittsburgh Dance Council performances will go on sale to the general public in mid-August.

About The Pittsburgh Dance Council
The Pittsburgh Dance Council joined Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as a programming division 2002. The mission of Pittsburgh Dance Council is to bring the best contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Cultural District. Each season, Pittsburgh Dance Council presents diverse, world-class contemporary works, including U.S. and world premieres.

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