Category: Reviews: Performing Arts

Dance Review: We Sing the Body Eclectic by Shana Simmons Dance and I am Woman by Murphy/Smith Dance Collective

By | Adrienne Totino, Prose, Reviews: Performing Arts

The first ever Pittsburgh Fringe Festival took place over the weekend, with more than 20 performing arts shows in various venues around Shadyside. The now worldwide festival was modeled after the original, in Edinburgh, and supports up-and-coming artists in theater and dance, all of whom are “on the fringe” of the mainstream arts scene. On …

Dance Review: Far by Wayne McGregor/Random Dance

By | Adrienne Totino, Prose, Reviews: Performing Arts

The Pittsburgh Dance Council concluded its 2013-2014 season with London company, Wayne McGregor/Random Dance. The international troupe featured ten performers from South Africa, Albania, Switzerland, and Poland, to name just a few places. Far was an hour-long collaboration between McGregor, the dancers, and musician, Ben Frost. The set design was equally important, and included a …

Dance Review: Just Us…The Journey Continues by Reed Dance

By | Adrienne Totino, Prose, Reviews: Performing Arts

Over the weekend, Reed Dance premiered Just Us…The Journey Continues. The show was their first since leaving the August Wilson Center. Despite the group’s makeover (several new company members and a smaller performing venue), they emerged as bold and fiery as ever. The Alloy Studios was a great place to see the dancers up close …

Dance Review: Beautiful Struggle By Baker & Tapaga Dance Project

By | Adrienne Totino, Prose, Reviews: Performing Arts

Director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST), Janera Solomon, enjoys taking risks when choosing artists to perform at the thriving East Liberty space. Attracting patrons to the more unusual shows at the theater has become her specialty. The Pittsburgh contemporary dance scene used to be small; we could count on seeing the same audience members …

Dance Review: Recipes our Mothers Gave Us by Corningworks

By | Adrienne Totino, Prose, Reviews: Performing Arts

A cheery voice boomed through the speakers at the New Hazlett Theater’s Saturday performance of Recipes Our Mothers Gave Us. “You have thirty seconds to choose your ingredients to make a happy life!” Beth Corning, director of Corningworks, and her dancing partners, Maria Cheng and Francoise Fournier, all rushed to the back of the stage …

Dance Review: Objects of Desire By Continuum Dance Theater

By | Adrienne Totino, Prose, Reviews: Performing Arts

For the past nine months, Sarah Parker, Artistic Director of Continuum Dance Theater, has been working on her latest evening length work, as part of the New Hazlett’s CSA (Community Supported Art) series. Saturday night, for one show only, “Objects of Desire” premiered at the theater. The choreography came from Parker’s musing on the subject …

Dance Review: See What I Hear by Murphy/Smith Dance Collective

By | Adrienne Totino, Prose, Reviews: Performing Arts

For the choreographic duo, Jamie Murphy and Renee Smith, sound matters. Murphy deals with hearing loss in her left ear. And Smith’s grandfather has suffered from hearing damage since serving in the war. In the dance collective’s latest piece, See What I Hear, the two explored ways in which we are affected by sound or …

Theater Review: The Zero Hour

By | Arlene Weiner, Prose, Reviews: Performing Arts

The Zero Hour. By Madeleine George. Directed by Robyne Parrish. Off the Wall Productions, Main Street, Carnegie, PA. October 25–November 9. At Off the Wall Theater currently, Erika Cuenca and Daina Michelle Griffith are giving virtuoso performances as multiple characters. Their principal roles are the enmeshed lovers Rebecca (Cuenca) and O (Griffith). Cuenca’s Rebecca is …