FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today's date: May 5, 2013
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Pittsburgh, PA (For Release: May 5, 2013): The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces an outstanding array of dance from around the world that will grace our stages this season! Paul Organisak, Executive Director, comments “Pittsburgh Dance Council is pleased to continue to present some of the finest companies whose diversity of artistic expression and culture are certain to captivate, challenge and entertain you during the 2013-2014 Season. With a focus on delivering new and fresh experiences and international flair, the Dance Council brings a snapshot of contemporary dance and performance.”
The Pittsburgh Dance Council will be featured prominently during the return of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s International Festival of Firsts with the US premiere of a work by the remarkable Marie Chouinard and the US premiere presentation of Switzerland’s ground-breaking physical theatre of Zimmerman & de Perrot. Three Pittsburgh premieres fill out the second half of the season with the incredibly dynamic Compagnie Käfig from Brazil, the gorgeous performers of Ballet Genève, and the rare opportunity to see an evening of dance featuring Wendy Whelan. The season will close with the return of a popular Dance Council series performance by Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance.
2013-14 Pittsburgh Dance Council season:
Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Friday, September 28, 2013
8pm, Byham Theater
Two featured presentations are also part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts
-Henry Michaux: Mouvements
- Gymnopedies (U.S. Premiere)
Marie Chouinard creates dance conceived from primeval dreams— earthy and strong, yet shaped by irrepressible secrets and unseen dimensions in time. Selected to launch the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, the evening's program will include the U.S. premiere of Gymnopedies, set to the glorious solo piano pieces of Eric Satie and Henri Michaux:Mouvements, inspired by a book of poetry and drawings by Belgian artist Henri Michaux. In HenryMichaux: Mouvements, the dancers form a stunning silhouette to projections exuding a haunting sense that they, in the artist’s words, are connected to “the strangeness of natural things and the naturalness of strange things.”
"It felt like experiencing an event rather than watching a performance. Marie Chouinard breaks boundaries…" -The Vancouver Sun
Zimmermann & de Perrot
Friday, October 18, 2013
8pm, Byham Theater
-U.S. Premiere – Featured presentation of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts
- Hans was Heiri
With a great deal of mischief but at the same time, anger and depth, the duo Zimmermann & de Perrot present a disconcertingly original marriage of theatre, circus and dance. Supported by five circus artists and dancers, these two directors, who now enjoy dazzling success, have far exceeded all expectations in their new work. Poets as well as magicians, they keep a piece overflowing with humor regulated to the nearest millimeter. The stage design, which revolves on a horizontal axis, forces the performers into the most unlikely positions. All this is put at the service of a caustic story, which makes Hans was Heiri a work that has broken down barriers among the public to an extent rarely seen.
“ 4 STARS. Boisterous, off-the-wall humour and fizzy, rollickingly good entertainment” – The Times
“Zimmermann & de Perrot create absurd, surreal masterpieces of visual theatre” –Total Theatre Review
Saturday, February 1, 2014
8pm, Byham Theatear
This innovative hip-hop ensemble has become an international phenomenon, touring the world with sold out performances and rave reviews. Inspired by an encounter with eleven young dancers from the shantytowns of Brazil, director and choreographer Mourad Merzouki created Correriaand Agwa—two heart-stopping works that showcase a sensational combination of athletic samba, hip-hop, and capoeira dance styles. The all-male company from Brazil exhibits theatrical intelligence and is gifted with irresistible personality and astonishing dancing. Bursting with fun, humor, and vitality, this show is set to an energetic soundtrack of samba and bossa nova music.
“Compagnie Käfig… a.k.a.: the cure for pretty much anything that ails you.” --The Boston Globe
“One of the most innovative troupes on the experimental dance scene.” --The New York Times
Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève
Saturday, March 8, 2014
8pm, Byham Theater
-Sed Lux Permanet
Directed by Philippe Cohen, the Geneva Ballet is known around the world for its exquisite dancers and exciting artistic collaborations. The Pittsburgh premiere presentation of will also feature the premiere of two major emerging choreographers in the international contemporary dance scene: Andonis Foniadakis and Ken Ossola. Glory, choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis, allows the dancers’ bodies to come together in various modes of symbiosis, either fluid or tense, expansive or minimalistic which demonstrates the mastery and quality of Handel’s flamboyant music. The hypnotic quality of Sed Lux Permanet and its sculpted shadow play enhance the delicate nature of bodies wreathed by the sensitive, ethereal sweetness of Fauré’s Requiem.
“Divine … this company has established itself as one of the most original and inventive in Europe.” -La Presse de Tunisie
Wendy Whelan Project
Saturday, March 22, 2014
8pm, Byham Theater
“America’s most celebrated contemporary ballerina” (The New York Times) has joined forces with four of today’s top male choreographers, Pittsburgh’s own Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo. Arguably the finest ballet dancer of our time, Whelan has danced with New York City Ballet for more than 25 years. She embarks on a new dance adventure with this vibrant suite of four contemporary duets, each with its own distinct style and artistry.
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
Saturday, April 26, 2014
8pm, Byham Theater
Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s groundbreaking vision embraces dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology to create intriguing, expansive works. And FAR is no exception. Staged in a mesmerizing environment of shadow and light, FARbinds innovative design with choreography inspired by radical cognitive research process. It will make you think differently about dance.
“Wayne McGregor is doing some of the most exciting work on the planet.”-The New York Times
“If any artist has defined the decade, it’s Wayne McGregor.”- The UK Times
Subscription packages for the Pittsburgh Dance Council 2013-14 season include: Super Subscriber: six-show series (receive 6 performances for the price of 5) are available for: $96-$240; and Four Performance Package (pick 4 performances of your choice and save up to 20%) are available for $64-$160. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390 or TrustArts.org/dance; 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. For information, call 412-456-6666 or visit TrustArts.org/dance.
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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.