Airings: Dancer/Choreographer Jasmine Hearn goes ‘Swimming’

By Steve Sucato No, dancer/choreographer Jasmine Hearn’s that’s what she said doesn’t refer to the punchline of some crude joke. Rather, this site-specific dance series explores the rites of passage that females of color experience in America. The monthly series funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation continues Sat., Sept. 28, with three performances of “Installment 4: Swimming,” at Assemble gallery. Hearn is a Point Park grad who has worked … Continue reading Airings: Dancer/Choreographer Jasmine Hearn goes ‘Swimming’

Prolific Texture Contemporary Ballet goes ‘Nearly Wild’

Texture Contemporary Ballet dancers Amanda Summer and Alan Obuzor. Photo by Katie Ging. By Steve Sucato To say that Texture Contemporary Ballet’s Alan Obuzor and Kelsey Bartman are prolific dance-makers might be an understatement. Since founding the Pittsburgh-based troupe in 2011, the pair has had a hand in creating more than 30 new ballets for it. For many choreographers, that would be a decade’s worth … Continue reading Prolific Texture Contemporary Ballet goes ‘Nearly Wild’

New York-based Pittsburgh-favorite choreographer Sidra Bell reveals her latest work-in-progress

By Steve Sucato Pittsburgh’s dance community over the past several years has had a love affair with New York-based choreographers. Artists such as Nora Chipaumire, Camille A. Brown and local transplant Kyle Abraham have all established an ongoing presence here through works that have engaged and delighted local audiences and presenters. Another New Yorker whose works have frequented local stages is Sidra Bell. Bell and … Continue reading New York-based Pittsburgh-favorite choreographer Sidra Bell reveals her latest work-in-progress