THRU MAR. 4 – RAGTIME. The Tony Award-winning musical about racial relations at the turn of the 20th century finds a strong Pittsburgh accent with an original score by Pittsburgh native Stephen Flaherty and here directed and choreographed by Carnegie Mellon University faculty member Tome Cousin, with musical direction by Thomas Douglas. Purnell Center. Sold out.

MAR. 4 – BEREISHIT DANCE COMPANY. Pittsburgh Dance Council brings a Seoul-based Korean company here for the first time. Imbued with a fresh voice and a surprising combination of tradition, contemporary dance and hip hop/martial arts, the group will present Bow, followed by Balance and Imbalance. Byham Theater, 8 p.m. Click on PDC.

MAR. 8 – SHAPING SOUND. Travis Wall, runner-up on So You Think You Can Dance and subsequently Emmy Award-winning choreographer, brings his company called Shaping Sound in a brand new full-length dance production. Benedum Center, 7:30 p.m. Click on Sound.

MAR. TBA – MR. GAGA. (the award-winning movie about choreographer Ohad Naharin, eight years in the making.) Maybe the Manor Theatre, dates TBA, stay tuned.

MAR. 11 — BLACK BALLERINA. A documentary focusing on young women of color and their journey in the essentially white world of ballet. Free. Dance Alloy, 2 p.m. Attendees must register.

MAR. 11 – PEARLARTS. A delightful way to get up-close-and-personal with the legendary Donald Byrd and local legend Beth Corning in the equally delightful PearlArts Studio at 201 N. Braddock Ave. (go around the corner for the entrance for first-timers and pay attention to the elevator instructions). 7 p.m. $5 at the door.

MAR. 11 – SECOND SATURDAYS. “Improvisation Postjazz dance + projected experimentation+live music+couches, coffee tables and chalk,” featuring percussionist PJ Roduta. The Space Upstairs. 8 P.M. – Midnight. $10 donation suggested at the door. BYOB welcome.

MAR. 16-26 – PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE/DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM. A tribute to the black heritage in ballet with African American choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Robert Garland and ultimate classical send-off, Swan Lake’s Black Swan pas de deux with dancers from both companies. August Wilson Center, times vary. Click on PBT.

MAR. 17-26 – SWEET CHARITY. Point Park University theater department takes on a Bob Fosse classic — remember Shirley MacLaine? We’ll see how PPU measures up. Are you a Big Spender? No need — PPU delivers a Big Bang for your Buck.  Click on Sweet.

MAR. 17-19 – RIVERDANCE. The long-time Irish production comes just in time for the holiday to the Benedum Center. Click on River.

MAR. 17 -19 – TEXTURE CONTEMPORARY DANCE. The Alan Obuzor/Kelsey Bartman collaboration has come up with Velocity at the New Hazlett Theater. According to the website, “Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Bartman is premiering a new work which is dedicated to her late grandmother. Dancers don rain boots for Alexandra Tiso’s premiere exploring the emotions associated with precipitation. Brynn Vogel is premiering a new work about someone becoming aware of their interactions and relationships with others and reflecting on how it changes them. Closing out the program is the premiere of a new work by Artistic Director Alan Obuzor set to the dynamic music of Two Steps From Hell.” Take that! Tickets: $10-30; click on Texture.

MAR. 19 – BOLSHOI BALLET. A presentation of A Contemporary Evening by the famed Russian company. Included: a rare performance of Jerome Robbins’ The Cage, a scary insect ballet indeed; plus Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, choreographed for New York City Ballet in 2006’s Diamond Project and still in the repertoire, and that glorious theatrical classroom exercise, Harald Lander’s Études to show off a stellar Russian technique. Cinemark Robinson Township and Cinemark Monroeville Mall, 12:55 p.m. Child $17; Student/Senior $17: Adult $18.

MAR. 19 – PANEL DISCUSSION: DIVERSITY IN BALLET. Directors Virginia Johnson (Dance Theatre of Harlem) and Terrence Orr (Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre) will be joined by dancers from both companies and PBT Education Director Christina Salgado to discuss advancement and inclusion in the art of ballet. August Wilson Center, 4:45 p.m. Free, but register.

MAR. 21 – SHAOLIN WARRIORS. These Chinese artists bring a spectacular mix of physical feats and mystic moments to the Benedum Center, 7 p.m. Click on Warriors.

MAR. 24 – THE INVISIBLE JAZZ LAB. Pearlann Porter and John Lamber, aka The Ellispses Condition lead a new kind of “informative performance” that blends physicists from Carnegie Mellon University and improvisational artists from The Space Upstairs in an intimate lecture-lab series where all share the jazz of the idea unfolding. Cool! First of four in a series. Limited seating. Tickets: $20 at the door.

MAR. 25 – GIA T./SLOWDANGER. Come see multidisciplinary live and instantly composed performance with improvisational queen Gia T. and dominating duo Slowdanger (Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight). The Hideout, 201 N. Braddock Ave (and around the corner and up the freight elevator, an adventure in itself). Surrounded by art murals from Baron Batch. 8-9:30 p.m. $10-15 plus nominal fees on Eventbrite.

MAR. 29-APR. 2 – GLUE FACTORY. In a full performance, national dance legend Donald Byrd teams up with local legend Beth Corning in What’s Missing? Who sees the truth? Who is right? Who is wrong? New Hazlett Theater. Thur. and Fri. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Tickets: Students/Seniors $26.87; General Admission $32.04. Click on Beth.

MAR. 30 PEARLARTS CHARRETTE. This is an Abbey in process, an intimate preview and conversation about STACEY PEARL dance project’s upcoming piece on vocalist Abby Lincoln in May.  $5 suggested donation at the door.

MAR. 31-APR. 1 – SARAH JEFFERS. Resident artist at The Space Upstairs Sarah Jeffers presents Is This a Man’s World?, which will provide personal answers through two men and two women. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 at the door.












2 Responses to Listings

  1. jvranish says:

    Hi Michael — That has been changed.

  2. Bonnie Crosby says:

    The newly formed Chautauqua Area Chapter of The National Society of Arts and Letters NY, has appointed former Pittsburgh Chapter member, Bonnie Crosby as Dance Chair for the Society’s 2011 Dance (Choreography) competition. For more information go to Date of auditions and locale are forthcoming.

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