African, modern, ballet and various other styles of dance will be blended together effortlessly when the the Ronald K. Brown Evidence dance company returns to the Byham Theater stage in early February 2015 as a part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council season.
Evidence will showcase two offerings: a new work set to the music of Jason Moran and an original piece that will feature dancers from the Pittsburgh community.
“Pittsburgh Dance Council is proud to present an amazing and diverse assemblage of world-class contemporary dance this season,” said Paul Organisak, executive director of the Pittsburgh Dance Council and vice president of programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, which the dance council is a division of. “Enthusiastic patronage continues to make it possible to present outstanding contemporary dance from throughout the world.”
Brown was born and raised in Brooklyn and created the New York-based contemporary dance company, Evidence, in 1985. He has created work for the African American Dance Ensemble, Phildanco, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater–those works include “Grace” in 1999; “Serving Nia in 2001; IFE/My Heart” in 2005; and “Dancing Spirit” during the company’s tribute season. He has also created work for Ailey II.
In addition, Brown has collaborated with composer designer Omotoyo Wunmi Olaiya, Choreographers Patricia Hoffbauer, and Rokiya Kone.
He has received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Choreography, a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography.
Evidence’s mission is to promote understanding of the human experience of the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement and spoken word.
In addition to Ron K.Brown Evidence, Pittsburgh favorites Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will return with its bold and groundbreaking work on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
“Ballet is coming back,” Organisak said. “This company is one of the most exquisite and they will have three pieces on the program.”
The Michael Clark Company will bring British dance across the pond for a Pittsburgh premier on Nov. 1 of this year.
“One of the contemporary bad boys of dance, his work ‘Come and Gone’ features the music of 1970s rock legends David Bowie and Iggy Pop,” Organisak said. The performance, which features partial nudity, is being presented in partnership with the British Council.
French Argentinean ensemble Union Tanguera twists the sensual art of the tango into a stimulating interpretation during its Pittsburgh premier on March 28, 2015. Featuring live music performed by one of Buenos Aires’ quartets, the seven dancers in the company present dance theater set in a nameless nightclub at the end of a traditional tango show.
“They’re taking the tango and they’re breaking it down and adding a certain theatrical element to it. They are a really strong new company,” said Organisak.
Swedish dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg will present his brand new work “Snow,” a chaotic piece set in a relentless snowfall. According to Organisak, Pittsburgh is one of only three cities—Ottawa, Canada and New York being the others—that ‘Snow’ is being presented.
The season closes with the Scottish Ballet, Scotland’s national dance company, which will present a new interpretation of the Tennessee Williams novel, “A Street Car Named Desire.” The heartbreaking tale of human frailty is backed by a fiery Jazz score while the company is dressed in vintage costumes.
Two special performances will be held in addition to the six regular season ones. These performances are not apart of the dance council’s subscription season, but subscribers receive priority access for tickets.
The Royal Ballet of Cambodia will captivate audiences with its breathtaking costumes and graceful movement. The show will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Presents presentation.
“Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host” will tickle patrons funny bones when “This American Life” radio host, Ira Glass presents his tale of how he fell in love with dance. With the help of two dancers, Glass talks about what he learned and what it’s like to dance for a living.
All performances will take place at the Byham Theater.
(Subscription packages are available for $64 to $240 and can be purchased in packages of four shows or six shows. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390. For more information visit TrustArts.org/dance.)
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