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Contemporary dance in Pittsburgh kicks off 2014-2015 season

Carmen de Lavallade
Julieta Cervantes

Another season of dance will begin next month, and nearly every weekend in September has something to offer. From the infectious rhythms of famed company, Hammerstep (best known from America’s Got Talent), to the living legend of contemporary dance, Carmen de Lavallade, and local favorites in all styles, there is definitely a show for everyone. Read on for full details.

Carmen de Lavallade at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater:

On September 12th and 13th at 8:00 p.m., the legendary actress, dancer, and choreographer, Carmen de Lavallade, will present As I Remember It as part of a limited US tour. The solo spans de Lavallade’s incredible six-decade career. De Lavallade will also be available for a post-show discussion on Friday, September 12th, and will take part in a master class and screening of the documentary, Carmen & Geoffrey, on September 10th at The Alloy Studios. Click HERE for tickets.

CorningWorks at the New Hazlett Theater:

As part of The Glue Factory Project, Beth Corning and Arthur Aviles (former principal dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co.) will present Parallel Lives, September 10th - 14th. Show times vary. This work of dance theater investigates addiction to technology, and how viral communication can make us feel more isolated. Click HERE for tickets and show times.

Jasmine Hearn and Continuum Dance Theater (CDT) at PointBreezeway:

On Sunday, September 14th at 2:00 p.m., the PointBreezeway will host its first performance in a new Sunday series of dance. This intimate space allows for an up-close, and casual interaction with the performers. While CDT uses dance and theatrics in their shows, Hearn often works in a more experimental way. The performances will offer a unique look at two differing styles of contemporary dance. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Mark Conway Thompson at The Alloy Studios:

As part of a creative learning program for Pittsburgh artists, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater created Fresh Works. The program provides artists with rehearsal space, production support, and lighting and sound design that culminates in a work-in-progress showing. On September 19th at 8:00 p.m., Thompson will present a movement theater performance called Kimono that explores the theme of social justice through the experience of victims. Click HERE for tickets. *The performance contains nudity.

Salon Noir - A Benefit for the New Hazlett Theater Featuring Hammerstep Dance:

On Thursday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m., Hammerstep and local artists (Alexis Gideon, Teena Marie Custer, Mark Flaherty, Mark Perna, and Rick Dickerson) will perform their signature style of “rebellious” dance forms like Irish, hip-hop, tap and more. Dessert and jazz will follow at 8:30 p.m. VIP ticket holders are also invited to a special reception on September 10th at 6:30 on Mt. Washington. Click HERE for details and ticket information.

Murphy/Smith Dance Collective at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School:

Jamie Murphy and Renee Smith will be choreographing four short works as part of an arts outreach program called “The Music That Makes Us Dance.” On September 25th at 7:00 p.m., live music will accompany a program of dance that showcases different world cultures. Murphy and Smith will create a waltz, 2-step polka, milonga (tango), and a rock, interpretive dance. This event is free of charge.

LightLab Performance Series at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University:

On September 27th (time TBA), Maree ReMalia and David Bernabo, Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson, and Jil Stifel will present three different movement-based works. The series is known for producing experimental styles of dance. This show will be a part of Pittsburgh Biennial, co-organized by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in partnership with the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Mattress Factory, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. Click HERE for details of the full event, and ticket information.

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