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Pittsburgh contemporary dance in July

Jasmine Hearn and Jhon Stronks
Jasmine Hearn and Jhon Stronks
Preetika Rajgariah

July in Pittsburgh offers several contemporary dance performances, most in the improvisational and experimental genres. These shows are oftentimes shorter, more intimate, and always thought-provoking. Check out some of our best local artists, as well as a Philadelphia duo.

Lightlab Performance Series: Installment 6

When: July 3rd at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Studio 609, 201 N. Braddock Avenue

What: Lightlab is a performance series, co-curated by David Bernabo and Taylor Knight, that highlights experimental styles of movement. This sixth installment features work by Anna Thompson/Jasmine Hearn, Taylor Knight/David Bernabo, and Lisa Marie.

Cost: $5 at the door

Pearlarts Studios presents “undone” by Jasmine Hearn and Jhon Stronks

When: Monday, July 7th at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00)

Where: Pearlarts Studios, 201 N. Braddock Avenue

Cost: $15 general admission, or $10 artists and students, at the door

What: The evening features solo and duet performances by Jasmine Hearn and Jhon Stronks. The show is described by the artists as “a reckless and aware exploration of past works and present ideas with little attention to its end.”

The New Hazlett Theater brings CSA preview performances to the Gallery Crawl

When: July 11th, starting at 6:00 p.m. and continuing through the evening

Where: 937 Liberty Avenue, above Bricolage

Cost: FREE

What: The evening features works-in-progress by Jil Stifel and Ben Sota, Ella Mason, Roberta Guido, and Jennifer Myers. Each performance will be shown in full at the New Hazlett in the 2014-2015 season. Check the New Hazlett website for details.

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents “I made this for you” by Gabrielle Revlock and Nicole Bindler

When: July 25th at 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue in East Liberty

Cost: Pay what you can at the door

What: Philadelphia-based choreographers, Gabrielle Revlock and Nicole Bindler make dances that don't fit into one specific category. Their latest work “challenges notions of competition and conventional forms of beauty with biting wit and playful commentary.” The duo is calling for 25 Pittsburgh performers with unique talents to join in the process and performance. Interested performers should contact Community Engagement Specialist, Desiree Lee, by calling 412-363-3000 or by emailing

The Pillow Project presents “A One Night Stand on Broken Piano”

When: July 26th at 9:00 p.m.

Where: The Space Upstairs, 214 N. Lexington Street

Cost: $10 at the door

What: Pearlann Porter will be performing as the solo movement artist, in collaboration with a live percussionist. This will be the first in a series of four shows that take place in the downstairs lounge of the space.

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