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Fringe Festival hosts over 20 shows, including 3 local dance companies

Dancers in rehearsal and performance
Dancers in rehearsal and performance
Bill Shirley

This weekend, May 9th-11th, Pittsburgh will host its first ever Fringe Festival. With over 20 exploratory performing arts companies, shows will take place at various venues in Shadyside.

Representing local dance will be the Murphy/Smith Dance Collective, Shana Simmons Dance, and Geeksdanz. Check out the details of each performance.

Murphy/Smith Dance Collective presents:

“I Am Woman”

Saturday, May 10th at 2:20 and 6:50 p.m.

Sunday, May 11th at 2:40 p.m.

Winchester Thurston Dance Studio Theater, 555 Morewood Avenue

For tickets, click HERE.

"I Am Woman" is a contemporary dance work built to explore and mirror the evolution of the female image through time. This piece reflects the role of women in the home, media, and society, and how stereotypes have developed over time.

Shana Simmons Dance with The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra presents:

“We Sing the Body Eclectic”

Saturday, May 10th at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 11th at 12:50 p.m.

Winchester Thurston Dance Studio Theater, 555 Morewood Avenue

For tickets, click HERE.

"We Sing the Body Eclectic" is a new work by Shana Simmons Dance and The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, their fourth collaboration in the past two years. Featuring four dancers and fourteen musicians, the piece takes the form of a long transition from sparseness to density, calm to agitation. Using orchestral and electronic instruments, words, and movement, the audience will question their own perception of time. Written by: David Gerard Matthews, Alan Tormey, and Shana Simmons.

Geeksdanz presents:

“Up to Chance: A Dance of Dragons & Dungeons”

Saturday, May 10th at 12:40 and 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 11th at 5:40 p.m.

Winchester Thurston Dance Studio Theater, 555 Morewood Avenue

For tickets, click HERE.

"Up To Chance…" explores the world of Tabletop Role Playing Games (or RPGs), such as Dungeons & Dragons, through the lens of modern dance. As a group of seasoned players explore a new adventure under the care of Dungeon Master, Joshua Stafford, the dancers translate the players’ actions and choices into a dance that changes with every roll of the dice. Events that unfold at the game table are reflected on the stage. No two performances are ever the same, as the dice rolls direct the action, and the choreography is left up to chance.