Dance Beat: Michele, Jacob’s Pillow, Kyle, Beth

ON THE ROAD. Attack Theatre’s Michele de la Reza has expanded her horizons. Last summer she attended Carolelinda Dickey’s bi-annual dance festival in Tanzmesse, Germany. There she met the Karen Cheung, artistic director of the Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, who invited her to China for a panel and where she was the only American artistic director. It was quite an adventure, walking though tiny streets to the three huge contemporary theaters in the city, finding cough drops in a country where no one speaks English, meeting Willi Tsao (the father of Chinese modern dance) and touching base with a range of Chinese contemporary dance, still in its infancy, but quickly playing catch-up. In between she served on the Fullbright Review Panel, perusing through 40 applications in dance, artistic research and performance at the United Nations in New York.

SUMMER DANCE. Okay, Jacob’s Pillow has released an almost complete (!) 2013 season and Pittsburgh will be represented not once but twice. In addition to his commission for New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan, Kyle Abraham’s company, Abraham.In.Motion, will conclude the season with his latest work, Pavement. (After it hits Pittsburgh, of course.) The season also includes O Vertigo and Martha Graham Company, among others. Click on Jacob’s Pillow for the full dance buffet.

kyle-abrahamAND MORE KYLE. When will it stop? Hopefully never. Kyle Abraham received one of 50 fellowships from United States Artists, a national grant-making and advocacy organization, which bestowed an unrestricted grant of $50,000 on each grantee. That is on top of another: as the 2012-2014 New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist, Kyle will receive nearly $280,000 for the two-year residency and the commission of a new work or works for New York Live Arts. Then bring it on home, Kyle.


MAD DANCE. Rub elbows with the choreographic firebrand of Pittsburgh Beth Corningdance, Beth Corning at MAD MEX Shadyside Tues. Jan. 22, where you can build your own fajita, partake of the dessert table and have a 16 oz. margarita (or soft drink). The $40 donation goes to Beth’s latest project, a one-woman show called WHAT REMAINS, directed by Tony Award-winning director Dominique Serrand June 5-9. Click on Beth for more info.

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