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Four exciting dance performances at the Three Rivers Arts Festival

boomerang dance
boomerang dance
Photo Credits: Matty Davis (left) and Bob Christy (right)

The 55th annual Three Rivers Arts Festival is less than a week away. The event features ten days of free live music, visual and performing art at Point State Park, the Cultural District and Gateway Center.

Within the dance genre, four companies will perform in styles ranging from contemporary to improvisational to cultural.

First on the stage will be boomerang dance, currently based out of New York City and Gambier, Ohio. The group is made up of three dancers. Pittsburgh native, Matty Davis, is a visual artist as well as a fitness professional and dancer. Kora Radella teaches on the dance faculty at Kenyon College. And Adrian Galvin performs as a musician and a dancer.

The company is known for their athleticism and emotional intensity, and have been referred to as the “punk Mozarts of dance.”

When: Saturday, June 7th at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Where: Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Avenue

Local company, Shana Simmons Dance, in collaboration with Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, will hit the stage with their latest piece, “We Sing the Body Eclectic.” This will be the duo's fourth performance in the past two years. The work explores the ways in which technology affects us. Fourteen musicians accompany four dancers in an improvisational way, similar to the famed Cage/Cunningham relationship.

“We Sing...” crescendos in a powerful way, with a structure that has a hypnotic feel.

When: Sunday, June 8th at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Where: Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Avenue

The following weekend, local music and dance troupe, Alba Flamenca, will perform their signature style of Flamenco dance. The group has been performing together since 2010, with the goal to “stay as traditional as possible.” Their work tells their individual stories, and features not only dance, but guitar and song.

When: Saturday, June 14th at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Where: Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Avenue

Closing the weekend of movement will be Reed Dance (formerly the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble). This young and talented group will perform to the timeless music of Stevie Wonder, in collaboration with spoken word artists and students.

Reed Dance is best known for its virtuosic choreography, and the high-level technique of the dancers. The group frequently has the audience on their feet, clapping along to an upbeat tempo, or swaying slowly to a moving narrative.

When: Sunday, June 15th at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Where: Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Avenue