The new season of the Pittsburgh Dance Council brings exciting works to the stage and ice Dance | Pittsburgh

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The Pittsburgh Dance Council knows that the audience has banished live performances after more than two years. In a press release, Randall Miller of the Pittsburgh Cultural Foundation said that last season the Council “celebrated a return to live performances in the Pittsburgh Cultural District and received great support from the Pittsburgh community.”

The board will continue to supply the best dances in Pittsburgh and beyond next season, showcasing “the unusual repertoire, premieres and artistry of world-renowned contemporary dance companies”.

The board has announced that its 52nd season, which will run from the fall of 2022 to the spring of 2023, will include a series of six shows and two seasonal releases. Presentations of contemporary dance will present “a diverse list of national and international returning artists, premieres and unique dance spectacles taking place in public places”.

The season kicks off Sept. 17 with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet of San Francisco, followed in November by the Ballet Hispánico, touted as “the largest Latin American cultural organization in the United States.” Ballet Hispánico will perform a “mixed repertoire program” that draws on musical influences ranging from the music of Mambo Perez Prado to Julio Iglesias, as well as Spanish rock and flamenco.

The program includes premieres of international artists RUBBERBAND, Le Patin Libre and Rocío Molina in Pittsburgh. Ever So Slightly from Canadian choreographer Victor Kihada and RUBBERBAND will present 10 “dancing athletes” as well as a live DJ, musician and a wide open field, and explore the mechanisms of behavior and reflexes we develop against the continuous flow of stimuli that bombard us in our of life ”.

Expect some “partial nudity” when Spanish choreographer Rosia Malina performs Caída del Cielo (Fell from Heaven), a work showcasing her “newly invented traditional flamenco style”. The play will also premiere in the United States.

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While most performances will take place at the Byham Theater or the Benedum Center, Le Patin Libre, a modern skating company from Montreal, is referring to a different venue. The company will go to the UPMC rink at PPG Place Carte blanchea new work designed specifically for Pittsburgh, which will review parts of the company’s repertoire and debut innovative new material.

It also premiered in Pittsburgh as part of a special season of the Council Intense particle choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Hiraaki Umeda. On the stage of Wood Street Galleries, the solo work will demonstrate “the corporate style of mixing digital images, minimal sound landscape and extremely powerful corporeality” and will demonstrate why he has become one of the leading figures of Japanese avant-garde art.

Completes the STREB EXTREME ACTION lineup that will appear in Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival 2022 with a retrospective of “classic solos” by founder Elizabeth Streb from the 70’s and 80’s, early experiments with equipment from the 90’s and stunning extreme action opuses with large-scale “action machines”, which the company has since become known since the beginning of 21- ha century.

The American Dance Theater of Alvin Ailey will complete the season with a mixed repertoire program that includes contemporary works and “Discoveries,” a play described as “a universal anthem of resilience that sounds again more than 60 years after its premiere”.


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