On Stage: Attack, PBT, Pillow, Dancing Classrooms

Photo: ©Martha Rial

FOR ARTS’ SAKE. At last Attack Theatre was acknowledged by the National Endowment for the Arts with a $15,000 Art Works grant, a result of some heavy-duty planning by the small dance company. Inspired by Some Assembly Required, the company will transfer its popular museum/art gallery interactive program outdoors. Working with the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art, the Attackers will identify five works of public art in various Pittsburgh neighborhoods and perform SAR:Public over a month-long period, engaging “community members in a creative response to public works of art and transform that response into a public performance.”

Photo: Rich Sofranko

PBT PROMOTIONS AND ACQUISITIONS. Yes, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has announced promotions for the 2012-2013 season. Coming on the heels of Erin Halloran’s retirement,  soloist Christine Schwaner, known for her sweet technique in classical works, will become a principal dancer and Amanda Cochrane, who made her mark as Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, will move up to soloist. Aygul Abougalieva , Ashley Wegman and Ted Henderson will be leaving the company. They will be replaced by Casey Taylor (who actually filled in during the second part of the past season and performed in Streetcar Named Desire) and Joanna Schmidt and Corey Bourbonniere from the PBT grad school. We’ll hear more from them later in the summer.

JAZZING IT UP. The Pillow Project is planning some more spontaneity in Europe this summer, following in their successful footsteps last year. Renowned poet and East Liberty native Moe Seager invited them back to his old haunting grounds in Paris. They will move on to London, Brighton, Dublin and Amsterdam, where they hope to connect with master improvisor Michael Schumacher, recently seen in Last Touch First here. Pittsburghers can see the fruits of their labors when Moe returns to Pittsburgh June 8 at The Space Upstairs. The next night, June 9 or SECOND SATURDAY,  will feature several short films and photography studies created during that tour.

Photo: Archie Carpenter

OUI, OUI PIERRE. Experience the dazzling French charm of Pierre Dulaine once more at Mad Hot Ballroom on Sunday, June 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Westin Convention Center Downtown. Enjoy a buffet dinner, cocktails, a ballroom competition, dancing, a silent auction and an informal group dance lesson with Pierre, master of ceremonies and guest emcee. For more information visit Pittsburgh Mercy Health System.

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