The Pittsburgh Dance Council knows that audiences crave live performances after going without them for more than two years. In a press release, Randal Miller of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust said that last season the Council “celebrated the return of shows to Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and received overwhelming support from the Pittsburgh community.”
The Council will continue to bring the best in dance to Pittsburgh and beyond with an upcoming season featuring “extraordinary repertoire, premieres and artistry from world-renowned contemporary dance companies.”
The Council announced that its 52nd season, running from fall 2022 to spring 2023, will include a series of six shows and two seasonal specials. The contemporary dance presentations will feature a “diverse roster of national and international returning artists, premieres and unique dance-inspired performances taking place in public spaces.”
The season kicks off Sept. 17 with San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES ballet, followed in November by Ballet Hispánico, billed as the “largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States.” Ballet Hispánico will present a “mixed repertoire program” that draws on musical influences ranging from mambo music from Pérez Prado to Julio Iglesias, as well as rock in Spanish and flamenco.
The program will include Pittsburgh premieres by international artists RUBBERBAND, Le Patin Libre and Rocío Molina. Always so lightly by Canadian choreographer Victor Quijada and RUBBERBAND will feature 10 “dancer-athletes”, as well as a live DJ, a musician and a wide-open room, and will explore the “behavioral mechanisms and reflexes we develop against the relentless flow of irritants that bombard us in our daily lives.
Expect ‘partial nudity’ during presentation by Spanish choreographer Rocío Molina Caida del Cielo (Fallen From Heaven), a work that highlights his “reinvented traditional flamenco style”. The performance will also serve as a US premiere.
While most performances will take place at the Byham Theater or Center Benedum, Le Patin Libre, a contemporary ice skating company from Montreal, has a different venue in mind. The company will be heading to the UPMC rink at PPG Place to Flamesa new work developed specifically for Pittsburgh that will revisit parts of the company’s “stunning repertoire and debut innovative new material.”
Also premiering in Pittsburgh, as part of the Council’s special season, is Intentional particle by choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Hiroaki Umeda. Presented at the Wood Street Galleries, the solo work will showcase Umeda’s “characteristic style which blends digital imagery, minimal soundscape and immensely powerful corporeality”, and demonstrate why he has become one of the scene’s leading figures. Japanese avant-garde art.
Rounding out the lineup is STREB EXTREME ACTION, which will appear at the 2022 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival with a retrospective of founder Elizabeth Streb’s “classic ’70s and ’80s solos, early ’90s gear experiments and extreme action. breathtaking opus with the large-scale “action machines” for which the company has become known since the turn of the 21st century.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will conclude the season with a mixed repertoire program that includes contemporary works and Revelations, a play described as a “universal anthem of resilience that resonates again more than 60 years after its premiere.”