Dance Beat: Attack, SWAN, Wendy/Kyle, Kennedy, Aygul

MECLOCKET ME UNDER THE CLOCK. Yes, the final location for Attack Theater’s The Dirty Ball has been revealed. The Attackers and friends are headed for The Clock Building on the South Side (you can’t miss it). The official address is 2101 Mary Street in the vicinity of the Birmingham Bridge and UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center. Sat., Apr. 27. Tickets: $50 (General Admission, 8-midnight), $125 Velvet Lounge, 8-midnight, Dirty Donor Reception, $250 6:30-midnight).


SWAN. The program at the New Hazlett Theater may have run SWAN-weba tad over three hours, but virtually all of the women presenting premieres in dance, theater, music and art rose to the occasion like the graceful bird that figures into the letters of the title. Actually it means Support Women in the Arts Now, a global initiative that plays out during March, and was curated in Pittsburgh by No Name Productions. There was a particularly strong theater contingent, including Tammy Ryan’s Forgiveness, and no less than four local dance companies took part. It was good to note that the disciplined professionalism and a wonderful growth from Bodiography’s Maria Caruso, Texture Contemporary Ballet’s Kelsey Bartman, August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble’s Kaylin Horgan and Continuum Dance Theater’s Sara Parker.

WENDY/KYLE? Jacob’s Pillow executive and artistic director Ella Baff will moderate a panel discussion as part of a Works & Process at a Guggenheim presentation featuring New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan Apr. 14-15. The program will feature excerpts from Wendy’s new work, Restless Creature, to be premiered at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Aug. 14-18. It will consist of four commissioned duets featuring the ballerina and each of her partners, young choreographers Kyle Abraham, Josh Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. While they are not disclosing which choreographers will perform and/or talk, it might be worthwhile to see it. The Guggenheim performances are currently sold out, but the presentation will be streamed live on Sunday, Apr. 14 at 3 p.m. EST at Check it out now — there are already some intriguing videos to be seen, including NYCB’s Justin Peck, American Ballet Theatre’s Alexei Ratmansky, the Royal Danish Ballet and How Judges Judge — Youth America Grand Prix.

KENNEDY CENTER. The Washington D.C. institution has released its 2013-14 season, which will include bigwigs NYCB, ABT, the Bolshoi, plus Boston and Pennsylvania ballet companies and, on the contemporary dance side, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty–New Adventures and noted British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance. See the full play list by clicking on Kennedy.

aygulAYGUL? Yes, Aygul Abougalieva was on hand for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Unspoken series at the August Wilson Center to see husband Nurlan Abougaliev perform. What was remarkable was that she had just given birth to their son five days earlier. What was even more remarkable was that she didn’t have an extra ounce on her trim figure and looked just like this photo.

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