For Immediate Release
Nov. 6, 2015
CONSERVATORY DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS 'CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHERS'
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company season continues with 'Contemporary Choreographers,' a showcase of new and edgy choreography in contemporary styles.
'Contemporary Choreographers' runs Nov. 13-22 at the George Rowland White Performance Center on Point Park’s downtown campus. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-24; student and senior tickets are $10. Group discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412-392-8000, or online at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.
The annual concert features work by choreographers whose styles stand out as unique and innovative, setting the current trends for contemporary dance. Septime Webre’s 'Fluctuating Hemlines' anchors the show with a rock-and-roll styled ballet inspired by Camille Paglia’s book, 'Sexual Personae.' The piece premiered in 1996 with the American Repertory Ballet and has been regularly revisited by ballet companies around the country. Erin Mahoney-Du and Jared Nelson staged the piece for Conservatory Dance.
Choreographers Ori Flomin, Gregory Dolbashian and Jess Hendricks, round out the production with world premiere pieces created at Point Park University. Flomin’s choreography has been presented in New York at Gibney Dance, Dance Theater Workshop, PS122, Movement Research at Judson Church, DanceMopolitan at Joe’s Pub, and Dance New Amsterdam, as well as internationally at venues in Austria, Japan, Norway and Israel. His piece for the Conservatory Dance Company is titled 'The Way Out.'
Dolbashian’s career started at eight years old with Glimmerglass Opera Company and included the world tour of Philip Glass/Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach and training with Alvin Ailey School and SUNY Purchase. His company, The DASH Ensemble, has presented works at Skirball Center, New York Live Arts, The Gershwin Hotel, Riverside Theater, Bryant Park, Summer Stage, The JOYCE Theater, and most recently at The Dimenna Center and The Sheen Center. The DASH received the audience award at NYC’s DanceNOW challenge at Joe’s Pub.
In addition to teaching internationally, Hendricks is known for choreographing with an athletic, theatrical and playful style. Her credits include choreographing commercials and industrials for Godiva chocolates, Reebok, Volkswagen and Warner Brothers, serving as dance captain on the tour of 'HAIR,' and performing in the films 'Living Out Loud' and 'Between the Sheets.' She will premiere the piece 'Shedding Skin' with music by Ezio Bosso, Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica, and Ludovico Einaudi.
Costume design and coordination for 'Contemporary Choreographers' is by Erin L. Heintzinger. Lighting design is by Evan H. Stein. Jim Cooney, Jay E. Kirk, Garfield Lemonius, and Jason McDole serve as rehearsal directors. Cat Hickerson is stage manager.