Dancer, choreographer and director, Sarah Parker, is as busy as ever, working her day-job full-time, and running Evolve Productions and Continuum Dance Theater every other hour of the day. Her two companies have multiple upcoming events, including auditions for next season.
Auditions for the 2014-2015 Season: Continuum Dance Theater (CDT) and Evolve Productions will be holding open-call auditions this Sunday, April 27th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The companies are looking for male and female dancers in all genres, including contemporary, hip-hop, acro, musical theater and more. Interested dancers must reserve a spot by emailing Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “AUDITION” in the subject line. Participants will then receive an application, instructions with how to proceed, a location, and an audition time slot.
Food Revolution Day, May 16th: CDT will show mini-performances of “The Table” (full-length show is next season, see below) at Pittsburgh’s Food Revolution Day, while Evolve will host hula-hooping workshops for kids and adults. The event celebrates food culture with sixty interactive exhibits and twenty chefs. Bobby Fry, owner of Bar Marco, believes in the relationship between art and food. Check out his NPR talk HERE, for more details.
Red Moose Presents: CDT is collaborating with Red Moose Presents, a newly formed, and multi-genre arts company presenting “Cendrillon: Marie’s Story.” The opera is an adaptation of Pauline Viardot’s “Cinderella,” directed by Seamus Ricci. CDT will help to tell the story, using both technical and abstract movement. Of the process, Parker says, “We have learned a lot about the nuances of dance-theater in working with the singers...we hope to embody their voices.” The date for the show has not yet been set, but check HERE for updates.
“The Table” and “7 at 7 Series”: CDT’s main-stage production for the fall will be a world premiere called “The Table.” Similar to their last show, “Objects of Desire,” the piece will be shaped by the community. Beginning next month, the company will hold seven open rehearsals and feedback sessions at different restaurants, farm to table locations, and other food and beverage hot spots. There, the audience can watch and take part in the choreographic process, by enjoying the performance and answering questions based on what they saw.
Those 7 public showings will culminate in an evening-length performance that focuses on the idea that the kitchen “table” is a place where people have gathered for cooking and eating, but to also share stories, and learn and support one another. Parker says, “Families these days have become more fast paced, less attuned to a lot of the traditions of our past. We are lucky if we can eat a bagel in the car on the way to a meeting.” The piece will be family-friendly, and will ideally connect the culinary world with the dance world. Check HERE for updated series and performance dates, times and locations.
“Empire” at Off-the-Wall Theater (OTWT): This coming August, CDT will perform a new piece, “Empire,” at the OTWT, located in Carnegie. It will be the first show where Continuum utilizes male dancers. The concept of the work is inspired by a question Parker is asked repeatedly, “Why do you only have women in your company?” The piece, she says, is an answer to that question, and is also inspired by powerful women in our country, in entertainment, government, and other walks of life. Check HERE for updated dates and times.
Corporate and Private Events: Did you know that Evolve Productions provides dance entertainment for corporate and private events? “One of our goals is to turn entertainment into performing arts,” Parker says. Recently, Evolve worked on a wedding performance. The bride and groom wanted something unique in lieu of their first dance. Also, they’ve done several flash mobs for various parties. On a larger scale, they recently performed at the 25th anniversary gala for Pittsburgh Young Professionals. Consider dance as entertainment for your next party or event.