MUSICIANS ON THE MOVE. Dave Eggar, Attack Theatre’s terrific music director, composer and cellist, passed back through Pittsburgh after a sojourn to the Phillipines, where he, guitarist Tom Pirozzi and percussionist Charlie Palmer rented an old truck and spent six hours or so driving up into the mountains to learn from one of the tribes there. Dave called it the most exciting musical experience he’s had in a while. But the musicians had to bring a live chicken, which was sacrificed, before they could play. Talk about going the extra mile! Still, Dave and company are eager to return soon to the Phillipines and hope to include their findings in an Attack performance. In the meantime, Dave will be heading back to New York City where he will perform as choreographers honor Merce Cunningham July 26, the anniversary of his death last year, at the River to River Festival in Battery Park City. Dave calls it “easiest gig I’ve had.” After all, he will play a piece of his own selection while the dancers concurrently perform their own movement — Merce would have it no other way. For more information, click on Merce.
TRANSITIONS. The affable Gerard Holt is leaving the La Roche College dance department after a nurturing nine years to open his own studio. Taking his place as director will be Bodiography’s energetic Maria Caruso. Maria took college courses there during her high school days and graduated with 30 college credits, which she transferred to Florida State University, where she received her B.F.A. at age 19. She has since added a master’s degree in professional leadership at Carlow University. Maria will continue to run Bodiography, where the upcoming season will include “Bodiography At The Polo Match” (Sept. 11, Hartwood Acres), “Heart (Function vs. Emotion)” (Oct. 9-10, Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin), “Multiplicity” (Nov. 6-7, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater) and a premiere exploring tissue and regeneration with the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and live music by Cello Fury (Feb. 18-19, Byham Theater). Bodiography will also present Cello Fury at the Byham Theater Nov. 5. But she wants to connect her company with La Roche, where she hopes to initiate a college preparatory dance program and expand the college program in new ways.
PBT WINS. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre student Yoshiaki Nakano recently won a silver medal and $3,000 at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. He came in second to Isaac Hernandez of San Francisco Ballet. For those who were at the PBT School performance at the Byham Theater, it comes as no surprise given his breezy confidence. Maybe we’ll be seeing him onstage at the Benedum Center soon (he was listed as a professional with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre).
A DECADE OF DANCE. Monica Ryan, director of the Carnegie Performing Arts Center, is celebrating her tenth year at CPAC, which includes a semi-professional company, Ballet Forte, and a studio setting. To mark the event, Monica, a former member of the San Francisco Opera and graduate of San Francisco State University, will produce a new original children’s ballet, “Cinderella,” along with a repeat of her children’s play, “Snow White,” the annual “Nutcracker” and dance recital, “Catch a Rising Star.”