Summer dance in Pittsburgh, normally considered the “off-season,” hasn’t slowed down a bit. And before the 2012-2013 season heats up the scene with an exciting upcoming schedule, there is still plenty to see in August.
The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty should by now be known for its dedication to presenting dance. In the slow months of the summer, Director Janera Solomon believes it is the perfect time for artists to workshop smaller pieces. For the past two months, multiple dancers have shown their work as part of the East Liberty LIVE! Series. Still to come is the Staycee Pearl dance project and youthMoves.
YouthMoves is a program designed to give local dance programs an opportunity to share their work in a professional performance setting. On Friday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m., several companies including Alumni Theater Company, Elena’s Dancers Elite, Mid-Atlantic Contemporary Ballet, and SPdp2 will take the stage in a family friendly evening of “energetic performance.” Tickets are “Pay What You Can.” For more information, click HERE.
Later in the month, Staycee Pearl will present three different works in progress, a lead up to her full length show that will premiere in February 2013. First will be “study,” a look at what it means to be black in this day and age, and how to “create and act free of racial identifiers.” To follow the performance will be a led discussion with CMU professor, Richard Purcell, on the idea of “post-blackness.”
Second on the program, “Hand-held,” explores the culture of mobile device technology, and how it influences our communication, oftentimes creating obsession and isolation. And finally, “Gather/Scatter” will close the evening with fellowship artists of Pearl’s dance project.
The show will take place on Friday, August 21st, 8:00 p.m. at the Dance Alloy Studios. Tickets are $10. Click HERE for ticketing information and more details.
For the jazz dance lover, two distinct styles are offered next month. Giordano Dance Chicago and Point Park University present the “Jazz Dance World Festival” August 1st through the 4th. And the weekend to follow features the Pillow Project’s “Second Saturday” happening on the 11th.
The jazz festival will take place at the Byham Theater, hosting an array of professional companies from Pittsburgh and nationwide. Local talent will include the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Conservatory Dance Company of Point Park University, and the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. Other renowned companies include Philadanco from Philadelphia, and the host company, Giordano Dance Chicago. Click HERE for details of the event, full schedule of shows and companies, and ticketing information.
“Second Saturday” at the Space Upstairs has become one of the hottest monthly arts events in Pittsburgh. Playing off of the improvisational nature of jazz music, all of the dance is spontaneous and happens at random times throughout the evening. Guests are welcome to come and go as they please. August brings special guest Band Burrage, featuring Rick Tate on alto saxophone and EWI (electric wind instrument), Michael Stark on guitars, Nimrod Speaks on bass, and Ronnie Burrage on drums, voice, percussion and keys. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. with a suggested donation of $10. Click HERE for more information.
Stay tuned for what the upcoming season of Pittsburgh dance has in store. In the meantime, don’t miss what August has to offer for the dance enthusiast.