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newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival

KST Presents

May 9 - 12, 2019 | See Times Below

EVENT DETAILS
Thursday, May 9 – Sunday, May 12,
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave

10th Annual Festival
Don’t miss the 2019 edition of newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival including a return performance engagement with Ananya Dance Theater (ADT) featuring their newest work Shaatranga: Women Weaving Worlds. Additional events include a Studio Series with Pittsburgh choreographers, dialogues with local and national dance artists and community organizers, workshops with ADT and local dance artists as well as mixers and a party! Dive into dance and join us for newMoves 2019!! Get your tickets NOW!

Past festivals have introduced new works by some of Pittsburgh’s favorite dance artists, including Sidra Bell (NYC), Kyle Abraham (NYC), Marjani Forté (NYC), STAYCEE PEARL dance project (Pittsburgh), Bill Shannon (Pittsburgh), and many more.

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Workshop :: Intro to Yorchha™ with Ananya Dance Theatre
Thursday, May 9
10:30am – 12:00pm
KST’s Alloy Studios, Downstairs

Ananya Dance Theatre’s signature movement style Yorcha™ emerged from deep research on the aesthetics, histories and philosophy of Odissi, Chhau and Vinyasa Yoga. In this master class, you will encounter the basic vocabulary of ADT’s dance form, characterized by a deep relationship to the floor, fast and intricate footwork, upper body spirals, sculptural balances, and subtle and active movements. Yorchha™ is anchored by social justice and the spirit of Dakini—traditionally embodied by destruction, chaos and ultimately transformation— and invokes our gentle warrior in an arc towards equity.

Open to movers of all levels; please wear fitted dance wear, and be prepared to work in bare feet.

Studio Series :: Program A
Friday, May 10

2:00pm – 3:30pm
KST’s Alloy Studios, Downstairs

Join us for your opportunity to learn more about what our local dance community has in the works. Pittsburgh based dance artists working in a variety of forms share excerpts of new work in development in a casual studio setting.

Featuring:

  • Nick M. Daniels
  • Mita Ghosal
  • Trevor C. Miles
  • Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight // slowdanger

Dialogue :: Dance-Making in Pittsburgh Today
Friday, May 10

4:00pm – 6:00pm
KST’s Alloy Studios, Downstairs

Three local artists/companies share forthright perspectives on what it takes to produce new dance in Pittsburgh. Offering details on the strategies they used to realize their most recent projects, these case studies become a jumping off point for a larger conversation about how to forge your work and career in Pittsburgh.

Featuring:

  • Staycee Pearl,
  • Michele de la Reza
  • Bill Shannon

Moderated by KST’s Senior Producer, Ben Pryor

newMoves Mixer
Friday, May 10
7:00pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater Lobby

Mix and mingle in a lively pre-show gathering and dance community celebration.

Ananya Dance Theatre :: Shaatraga: Women Weaving Worlds
Friday, May 10
8:00pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Shaatranga: Women Weaving Worlds draws on histories of connectivity among the global South that pre-date colonization and slavery: links that threaded communities across Asia and Africa along Indian Ocean trade routes. In this thought-provoking dance, both indigo and denim serve as metaphors for the forces of global commerce that fall differently on our skin. Ananya Dance Theatre returns to KST—after captivating audiences with its expansive approach to contemporary Indian dance last fall. Chatterjea’s is widely recognized for her ritualistic performances and the depth of her community-building process, one that insists that the role of both women’s rage and their spiritual ecstasy be seen in the arc towards equity.

Workshop :: Our Indigo Stories with Ananya Chatterjea
Saturday, May 11
11:00am – 1:00pm
KST’s Alloy Studios, Upstairs

Led by guest artist Ananya Chatterjea and members of Ananya Dance Theatre, this workshop uses movement, breath and writing in shared explorations of healing and connectivity. The process engages with Chatterjea’s Sari Jeans installation which accompanies her stage work, Shaatranga: Women Weaving Worlds. Participants explore improvisational exercises designed to call forth stories and foster sharing among women from different communities. Ultimately, these expression might find their way to the sari-jeans, become part of the confluence of women’s stories.

Open to all genders and all levels of movement experience.

Studio Series :: Program B
Saturday, May 11
2:00pm – 3:30pm
KST’s Alloy Studios, Downstairs

Your second opportunity to learn more about what our local dance community has in the works. Pittsburgh based dance artists working in a variety of forms share excerpts of new work in development in a casual studio setting.

Featuring:

  • Kaylin Horgan
  • Maddison Manolis and Alison Vitale // MVment
  • Cherish Morgan
  • Staycee Pearl
  • Frances Tirado
  • H. Gene Thompson and Ru Simmons

Dialogue :: Systems of Solidarity and Communities of Support 
Saturday, May 11
4:00pm – 6:00pm
KST’s Alloy Studios, Downstairs

A conversation with dance artists and community builders who have supported and made space for radical Black aesthetics within systems of dance production and presentation in Pittsburgh and throughout the US. We will focus on recent and past programs, including the Urban Bush Women’s Choreographic Center Initiative, ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity), Pittsburgh’s Point Park University Dance Program and the historic August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, to explore holistic approaches to cultivating experimentation and commitment to the radical. Moderated by KST’s Manager of Events and Partnerships, Desiree Lee, our conversation seeks to illuminate and learn from innovative models created by these groundbreaking artists and organizers.

Featuring:

  • Maria Bauman, Artistic Director, MBDance and Co-founder, ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity)
  • Greer A. Reed, Dance Department Head, Chicago High School for the Arts
  • Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Founder, Urban Bush Women and the UBW Choreographic Center Initiative

Moderated by KST’s Manager of Events and Partnerships, Desiree Lee

Ananya Dance Theatre :: Shaatraga: Women Weaving Worlds
Saturday, May 11
8:00pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Shaatranga: Women Weaving Worlds draws on histories of connectivity among the global South that pre-date colonization and slavery: links that threaded communities across Asia and Africa along Indian Ocean trade routes. In this thought-provoking dance, both indigo and denim serve as metaphors for the forces of global commerce that fall differently on our skin. Ananya Dance Theatre returns to KST—after captivating audiences with its expansive approach to contemporary Indian dance last fall. Chatterjea’s is widely recognized for her ritualistic performances and the depth of her community-building process, one that insists that the role of both women’s rage and their spiritual ecstasy be seen in the arc towards equity.

Workshop :: Moving Your Experience of Loss
Sunday, May 12
11:30am to 1pm
KST’s Alloy Studios, Upstairs

This workshop focuses on ways that art can help us extract inner turmoil and grief, placing it within a form—generating movement, sound and physical artifacts that can offer healing. Led by musician, Li Harris, poet S. Brook Corfman and choreographer Joan Wagman, participants engage with a series of activities adapted from diverse rituals and ceremonies. Movement offers connection with the body, writing becomes a rite, and the voice becomes an embodiment of release. Resonant with traditions Judaism and other systems of faith belief, this is a space where pain can recognized, honored and transformed.

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TICKETS

Click on the event links above for individual event registration. ‚— Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happy—or name your own! All seats are general admission.

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