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Dance Council season to feature four company debuts [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

May 5, 2013

YellowBrix

Pittsburgh Dance Council will present six companies in its 2013- 14 season, four making their Pittsburgh debuts.

"What is particularly strong for me is that only two of the companies have been here before. The issue is the vastness of creativity being done today, and obviously not a reflecton on artists we've enjoyed in recent seasons," says Paul Organisak, Dance Council executive director.

Those new companies are, in effect, offering double premieres, he says, because, in most cases, the choreographers' work is new to Pittsburgh, too.

Organisak couldn't resist the opportunity of a U.S. premiere with Compagnie Marie Chouinard, which will make its third appearance in a dozen years. The performance will open both the Dance Council season and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Festival of Firsts.

Chouinard is one of the few choreographers Organisak trusts sight unseen. The other returning ensemble features the work of Wayne McGregor, who is "one of the most brilliant minds work in dance," according to Organisak.

All performances are on Fridays or Saturdays and start at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater, Downtown.

- Sept. 28: Compagnie Marie Chouinard. The U.S. premiere of Chouinard's "Gymnopedies," set to music by Erik Satie, and "Michaux Movements," inspired by poetry and drawings of Belgian artist Henri Michaux.

- Oct. 18: Zimmermann & de Perrot. Supported by five circus artists and dancers, the two directors' show "Hans was Heiri" tells a caustic story with humor on a horizontally rotating stage design. It is also part of the Festival of Firsts.

- Feb. 1, 2014: Compagnie Kafig. The 11 male Brazilian dancers of the company will perform two works by director and choreographer Mourad Mazouki, "Correira" and "Agwa," which combine athletic samba, hip-hop and capoeira dance styles set to samba and bossa nova music.

- March 8, 2014: Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve. Company director Philippe Cohen will present two rising choreographers. Andonis Foniadakis uses music by George Frideric Handel in his "Glory," which is said to explore the way dancers' bodies can come together in various modes of symbiosis. Ken Ossolo's "Sed Lux Permanet" is a sculpted shadow play set to Gabriel Faure's "Requiem."

- March 22, 2014: Wendy Whelan Project. The long time New York City Ballet ballerina embarks on a new artistic venture with a suite of contemporary duets by Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo.

- April 26, 2014: Wayne McGregor -- Random Dance. The British choreographer's "Far" mixes an environment of shadow and light in an innovative stage design and choreography inspired by radical cognitive research process.

Subscriptions are available for the full season, $96 to $240, or for four performances, $64 to $160. Single tickets will go on sale in mid-August.

Details: 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org/dance.

Mark Kanny is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7877 or mkanny@tribweb.com.

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