Dance Beat: August Wilson, PYB, Kyle, Polly

AWCDE IN NYC. That’s a lot to swallow, but Greer Reed-Jones’ fledgling group actually opened the  city’s SummerStage series in Central Park with Company Dance Grand Moultrie. (Of course the Pittsburghers performed Darrell’s piece that he set on them.) According to Greer, it was all a success and they were invited back for next year’s summer dance fest.

PYB HEADS TO NEW YORK. Yes, Jean Gedeon’s budding ballerinas, all 12 of them, headed to upstate New York and Saratoga Springs, where they appeared with the New York City Ballet in “Circus Polka.” I can remember going to Saratoga with Jean about 10 years ago, when she had another dozen or so tiny tots who were selected to perform. She never slows down.

CLONING KYLE. Kyle Abraham seems to be everywhere at once. A new piece for Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School in Colorado. An appearance to help close Philadelphia Live Arts festival (with the Pittsburgh-inspired “The Radio Show” nonetheless). And most importantly, an appearance at Jacob’s Pillow with Camille Brown. (See Listings.) Note: Ultimate Pittsburgh dance fan Richard Parsakian informed me that Kyle was also commissioned to do a new work at The Fire Island Dance Festival, a great fest that attracts loads of New York City companies and dancers and located just south of Long Island, New York. Richard, who attended the performance, called it “very inspiring after his loss.” That loss referred to the passing of Kyle’s father July 8 after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. Still, he will live on in Kyle’s award-winning piece, “The Radio Show,” which so effectively incorporated a portrait of the disease.

PICTURE PERFECT POLLY. I came across this photo of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School teacher Pollyanna Ribeiro in William Forsythe’s “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated” when she was a principal at Boston Ballet.

AUGUST LISTINGS. If you’re willing to travel, there are some big dance guns only a day trip away. But Pittsburgh is still sprouting dance right here. Check the Listings on CrossCurrents. And don’t forget to sign up on my Facebook page (under Jane Vranish) for updates.

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