The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Pittsburgh Dance Council Spring 2021 Season

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

The 51st season begins in January 2021 and will host
Contemporary Dance, U.S. and World Premieres and Outdoor Ice-Dancing Spectacle!
The Pittsburgh Dance Council also announces Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater rescheduled performance date from the 50th anniversary 2019-2020 season! 

By Diana Roth

Now in its 51st season of presenting contemporary dance, the Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is proud to continue this long-standing and distinguished support of dance during the Spring 2021 Season.  The upcoming season features innovative, award-winning contemporary dance companies Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Byham Theater; Complexions Contemporary Dance, Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the Byham Theater; and the world premiere of Carte Blanche– an outdoor ice-dancing spectacle by Le Patin Libre on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place; and Pilobolus, Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the Byham Theater.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is also pleased to announce the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presenting sponsor BNY Mellon, part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council’s 50th anniversary season (2019-2020), has been rescheduled (from May 5, 2020) to April 22, 2021 of that same season, at the Benedum Center.  

Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust comments, “I look forward to welcoming our audiences back to the Cultural District to share another season of unforgettable experiences.  The season is anchored by return engagements of some of the most recognized names in American contemporary dance with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Pilobolus.  We will also build on our previous successes in presenting large-scale site-specific dance with the Montreal based Le Patin Libre and their unique fusion of contemporary dance and figure skating.” 

Mr. Miller further notes, “I’m also proud to announce the rescheduling of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a company whose history with the Dance Council goes back to our first presentation in 1969.  The presentation of this company had been intended as a capstone of our first 50 years, so I am excited that we are going to be able to bring this company to Pittsburgh in April 2021.  We are grateful to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for being a part of the Dance Council’s extraordinary presenting history and look forward to the company’s return.”

About Pittsburgh Dance Council Spring 2021 Season

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Ohad Naharin’s ‘Minus 16’. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (United States)
Saturday, January 16 2021 | Byham Theater

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago grew out of the Lou Conte Dance Studio at LaSalle and Hubbard Streets in 1977. For more than four decades, the company has introduced audiences to original, cutting-edge contemporary dance through new and diverse repertoire created by an eclectic group of the world’s leading choreographers.

The evening’s program will include Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, Osnel Delgado’s Windless Hold, and Azsure Barton’s Return to Patience.

Larissa Gerszke and Jared Brunson in ‘Bach 25’. Courtesy of Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Complexions Contemporary Ballet (United States)
February 13, 2021 | Byham Theater

Combining technical precision, power and passion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet transcends tradition in a groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip hop.  Founded by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, former members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the company has been featured several times on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance.

Showcasing the company’s dynamism, the evening’s program features two contrasting pieces: Bach 25, a fast-paced, jubilant work celebrating the music of classical composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and Woke, a sociopolitical work set to a remix of music by Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Drake, Diplo, and more.

Le Patin Libre. Photo by Rolline Laporte.

Le Patin Libre (Montreal, Canada)
Friday, March 5 & Saturday, March 6, 2021 | MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place

Le Patin Libre is a contemporary ice skating company from Montreal.  Founded by high level figure skaters who wanted to use their virtuosity outside the constraints of competitions, they established an on-ice show business and transformed their athleticism into a means of free expression, creating contemporary dance pieces that exploit the amazing choreographic and theatrical potential of glide. 

Over the years, their enthusiastic first experiences and acrobatics slowly evolved toward choreographic research.  In Carte Blanche, a world premiere, the company will revisit parts of their show stopping repertory and debut innovative new material.

Pilobolus’ Quincy Ellis and Heather Favretto in ‘Untitled’ (1975). Photo by Brigid Pierce.

Pilobolus (United States)
Friday, April 9 & Saturday, April 10, 2021 | Byham Theater
Co-presentation with Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents

For this fiftieth anniversary celebration, Pilobolus questions its own “givens,” turns its traditions sideways, and brings its past into the future – in a thoroughly engaging new way.  As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus – that feisty arts organism– puts the “Oh!” in BIG FIVE OH!, and continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds.

The celebration includes the vintage classic, Untitled, the high-voltage Megawatt, signature shadow works, and a few concepts that have never been seen before.

From the 2019-2020 Pittsburgh Dance Council season, rescheduled performance date for:

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (United States)
April 22, 2021 | Benedum Center

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater embodies 61 years of groundbreaking achievement in modern dance.  The company has performed for an estimated 25 million people in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents, growing beyond the limits of the stage to encompass education at all levels, community outreach, and cultural diplomacy.  As the first company ever presented by the Pittsburgh Dance Council in its inaugural season, it is only fitting that Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was scheduled as part of the Dance Council’s 2019-2020 50th anniversary season.  The company will be performing Mr. Ailey’s signature piece, Revelations


Single tickets (as low as $10) for the Pittsburgh Dance Council Spring 2021 Season will be available at a later date at, by calling Guest Services 412-456-6666.

Subscription packages are available for $40-$220.  To subscribe, call 412-456-1390. Groups of 10 or more tickets, please call 412-471-6930. For more information visit,

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The Pittsburgh Dance Council joined the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as a programming division in 2002. The mission of Pittsburgh Dance Council is to bring the best contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Cultural District. Each season, Pittsburgh Dance Council presents diverse, world-class contemporary works, including U.S. and world premieres.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. | @CulturalTrust on Facebook · Instagram · Twitter

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