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Friday, January 12, 2018

Preview: Grupo Corpo dances its past and future by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Grupo Corpo takes to the Byham Theater stage on Wednesday, it will celebrate both past and present. For over 40 years, the company whose name translates as “Group Body” has been a s…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

'Dancing with the Stars' has come a long way since 2005 by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It started with six celebrities and became a national phenomenon,” stated a television ad about the upcoming finale of “Dancing with the Stars” during its first year in 2005.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: Holiday spirit soars in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” is undeniably a family treat, it’s the matinees that truly bring out Marie wannabes and Sugar Plums aplenty in th…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

'Second Saturday' dance/art series ends after 10 years of shows by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Choreographer Pearlann Porter and partner John Lambert were up until 5 a.m. for a nightlong brainstorming session, leaving her with a “jazz cold.”

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Attack Theatre taps into gritty writings by Pittsburgh policeman-turned-poet Jimmy Cvetic for new show by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Once a Marine, always a Marine.” Pittsburgher Jimmy Cvetic is all that and more — a retired policeman (uniformed, detective and undercover), founder of the Western Pennsylvania Police…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Choreographer Kyle Abraham shows off a formidable stage presence upon return to his native Pittsburgh by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There was a reception committee for native son and international choreographer Kyle Abraham onstage Friday night at the August Wilson Center. Along with Pittsburgh Dance Council executive di…

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Stage review: Pittsburgh Ballet's 'Dracula' is cinematic and tantalizing by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s opening production, “Dracula,” is obviously inspired by Bram Stoker’s Gothic novel, allowing audiences to view a sampling of the count’s reign of terror…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Creator of Alonzo King LINES Ballet opens the Dance Council season on Saturday by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Alonzo King LINES Ballet opens the Pittsburgh Dance Council season at the Byham Theater, it won’t be the only local organization to be attracted to the distinctive San Francisco-based…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dance preview: Texture Contemporary Ballet weaves personal connections into 'Boundless' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dance is built on connections. We see them onstage, as performers link and unlink in choreographic ways. But others are behind the scenes, where even the national dance community seems small…

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Dance review: Attack Theatre's 'Some Assembly Required' is ever-changing, still moving by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Attack Theatre began its 23rd season by throwing all the rules out the window … for the umpteenth time. The vehicle was their art interaction program, “Some Assembly Required,” which h…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dance review: 'Six A Breast' rich with off-kilter absurdity about gender roles by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Beth Corning has always offered a deeply personal approach to dance theater, delving into her family history and bringing thoughtful responses to social issues. But the success of those prod…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall Arts Preview: The fast-moving world of dance by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For 2017-18, Pittsburgh Dance Council will come swiftly out of the season’s gate with Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham and San Francisco-based Alonzo King, covering the United States in one …

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to dance in Chautauqua's new amphitheater by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It was inevitable that Interstate 79 would be built in 1975, given the well-worn path that Pittsburghers had carved to the Chautauqua Institution in New York State, over the years.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review: The Blanket mesmerizes in debut at Point State Park by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An ugly drenching rain may have forced the cancellation of The Blanket’s debut on Friday at Point State Park, but Pittsburgh’s newest dance company could not have asked for a more pitch-…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Preview: Texture Contemporary Ballet pays tribute to music in 'Resounding Sound' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Texture Contemporary Ballet’s Alan Obuzor is absolutely submerged these days.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Self discovery takes center stage in 'Stroking its Ego' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Choreographer and dancer Elisa-Marie Alaio, now in the opening throes of a young and impassioned career, has taken up the banner of a young feminist full of bravado, self-discovery and, with…

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Curtain Call: Recital season brings last dance for teaching icon Larry Cervi by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At 81 years “and still counting,” Pittsburgh dance icon Larry Cervi saw his name come down this month from the last marquee of what was once his network of six studios.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Dance review: Blue Lapis Light's aerial dance leaves audiences awestruck by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For an event often drenched by showers and thunderstorms, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival had a perfect opening Friday night for its 58th edition, capped by the appropriately titl…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Dance review: 'ABBEY: In the Red' rich with Pittsburgh talents, soulful jazz by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It’s rare when you find a project that so beautifully illuminates the talents of a rich Pittsburgh artist collective as in “ABBEY: In the Red,” now on view at the August Wilson Center …

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Attack Theatre showcases rising stars in 'The Next Stop' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

From the start, Attack Theatre has always been the face of founders Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope, with substantial help from their dancers, of course. Now, for the first time since Atta…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre ends season on an emotional high with 'Romeo and Juliet' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ending its season on an emotional high, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre unveiled the North American premiere of Derek Deane’s “Romeo and Juliet,” a production that wore its considerable hear…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hard-driving BJM Danse closes Pittsburgh Dance Council season by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There will be a lot to celebrate when BJM Danse caps the Pittsburgh Dance Council season Saturday at the Byham Theater, Downtown. The company itself is the second oldest group (45 years) in …

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

PBT ballet mistress featured in 'American Ballet' display at Smithsonian by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As a young girl, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre ballet mistress Marianna Tcherkassky used to go on school field trips to the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dance meets science in new 'Invisible Jazz Labs' series by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Outer space has fascinated choreographer Pearlann Porter since she was a child.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: Texture Contemporary Ballet ends season with introspective program by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The title for Texture Contemporary Ballet’s latest program may have been “Velocity,” but it mostly centered on introspection, emotion and the mystical, all carefully prepared.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Review: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre shares the stage with Dance Theatre of Harlem by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It was a grand night for ballet at the August Wilson Center on Thursday, the official start of a two-week partnership between Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Dance preview: Travis Wall shows maturity in new show 'After the Curtain' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As long as he can remember, Travis Wall was a man on a mission. He seemed to have his own “wall” of energy, something that propelled him to New York City and Broadway at age 12 and sent …

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bereishit Dance Company to present an evening of firsts in Pittsburgh by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It will be an evening of firsts when the Pittsburgh Dance Council partners with the Falcon Archers of Canonsburg. The occasion will be the opening image of “Bow,” part of a program by Be…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CAPA grad pays homage to African American dancers by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It’s hard for dancers, especially young women, to stand out in the crowd of talent currently populating the global scene. But a collection of giant photos at the August Wilson Center for A…

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dance Review: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's“Alice in Wonderland” offers family-style energy and escape by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” So goes a line from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” the most quoted of all children’s books and a quintessentially…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pilobolus tells a coming-of-age story in 'Shadowland' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

That fungus among us, the dance company endearingly known as Pilobolus, uses a shotgun approach, like its biological namesake, to fling its spores around and grow.

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