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  1. newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival

    newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival

     

    ABOUT KST’S NEWMOVES CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL 2020 
    KST’s newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival is back May 14-16, 2020. For 2020, the festival takes a focus on dance and social justice. We welcome national and international artists from the Propelled Animals collective for the world premiere performances of  TRANSMISSION on Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16. On Thursday, May 14 & Saturday, May 16, KST will present a showcase of work from local choreographers working at the intersection of dance and social justice. Pittsburgh based artists can use the form below to apply to participate in the showcase.

    Launched in 2009, newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival is a platform for contemporary dancers and choreographers to advance the work of Pittsburgh-based artists, put their work in dialogue with national and international peers, and invite audiences to encounter new artists and ideas.

    ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH ARTIST SHOWCASE 
    KST Presents is seeking three 20-minute projects to be featured in a mixed bill program on Thursday, May 14 at 8:00pm & Saturday, May 16 at 4:00pm. Projects can be finished works, or works in development. You will be asked to describe the creation/presentation status of the work in the form below.

    SELECTED ARTISTS WILL RECEIVE  

      • A 20 minute slot in the newMoves 2020 Pittsburgh Artist Showcase to be presented at KST’s Alloy Studios (Downstairs Studio) on Thursday May 14 at 8:00pm & Saturday, May 16 at 4:00pm.
      • A stipend of $500.00 USD.
      • 16 Hours of Rehearsal Space at KST’s Alloy Studios (pending availability).
      • Technical Rehearsal at KST’s Alloy Studios with 1.5 Hours of dedicated Technical Rehearsal for your piece plus a full dress rehearsal of the entire showcase program.
      • Photo & Video Documentation of the performance.
      • newMoves Festival passes for participating artists.

    HOW TO APPLY 
    Use the form below to apply by Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 11:59pm. All applicants will be notified as to their participation by Monday, March 23, 2020.

    ELIGIBILITY 
    You must be a resident of Pittsburgh and its surrounding neighborhoods. Priority will be given to artists who have NOT been showcased at KST in the past season.

    CRITERIA 
    Projects will be selected through a panel process, with a panel comprised of KST Presents staff and at least one local artist. Panelists will be looking for works that successfully engage the intersections of dance and social justice. The applications and work samples will be evaluated based on following:

      • Vitality of the proposed project, its ideas and how it manifests them in performance;
      • Quality and integrity of the work of the artists, collaborators, instructors and/or panelists;
      • Appropriateness of the project to a festival format, KST venues, and KST philosophy;
      • Artist/organizer’s ability to successfully realize the proposed project.

    TIMELINE
    Please review application timeline below:

      • Tuesday, February 17, 2020: newMoves Pittsburgh Artist Showcase Application Live!
      • Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 11:59pm: newMoves Pittsburgh Artist Showcase Application Closes!
      • Monday, March 23, 2020: Applicants notified regarding their participation.

    QUESTIONS 
    If you have questions you can contact KST Senior Producer, Ben Pryor via email (benpryor@kelly-strayhorn.org).

    APPLY TODAY!


    Check out TRANSMISSION by Propelled Animals

    Friday, May 15 & Saturday, May 16
    7:00pm Procession
    8:00pm Performance

    Kelly Strayhorn Theater
    Pay What Makes You Happy!

    TRANSMISSION is a site adaptive work centered on art as social action and ritual as performance. Through kinesthetic, sonic, visual, and aural experiences the collective, Propelled Animals, offers a restorative space to counter traumas inflicted by systemic injustice. Click to read more and get tickets!

  2. newMoves, Contemporary Dance Festival

    Thursday, May 14 – Saturday May 16
    6:00pm – 8:00pm

    Kelly Strayhorn Theater & KST’s Alloy Studios
    5941 Penn Ave & 5530 Penn Ave

    Pay What Makes You Happy!

    get tickets now!

    newMoves is KST’s annual contemporary dance festival that presents Pittsburgh based artists alongside their national peers! For 2020 newMoves focuses on dance and social justice, presenting the world premiere of TRANSMISSION by the artistic collective Propelled Animals on Friday and Saturday, May 15 & 16. The festival kicks off with a showcase of Pittsburgh based artists working with dance to inspire and ignite social change on Thursday, March 14. 

    Showcase application details and more on the festival coming soon.

    Photo by Karla Conrad.

  3. newMoves: Dialogue :: Systems of Solidarity and Communities of Support

    EVENT DETAILS
    Saturday, May 11
    4:00pm – 6:00pm

    KST’s Alloy Studios, Downstairs / 5530 Penn Ave

    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 Executive Director, janera solomon, our conversation seeks to illuminate and learn from innovative models created by these groundbreaking artists and organizers.

    Featuring:

    • Maria Bauman-Morales, 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 Executive Director; janera solomon.

     

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    TICKETS

    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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  4. newMoves: Studio Series :: Program B

    EVENT DETAILS
    Saturday, May 11
    2:00pm – 3:30pm
    KST’s Alloy Studios, Downstairs / 5530 Penn Ave

    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

     

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    TICKETS

    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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  5. newMoves: Mixer

    EVENT DETAILS
    Friday, May 10
    7:00pm
    Kelly Strayhorn Theater Lobby / 5941 Penn Ave

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

     

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    TICKETS

    •  Friday, May 10, 2019 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

    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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  6. newMoves: Dialogue :: Dance-Making in Pittsburgh Today

    EVENT DETAILS
    Friday, May 10
    4:00pm – 6:00pm
    KST’s Alloy Studios, Downstairs / 5530 Penn Ave

    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.

    Moderated by KST’s Senior Producer, Ben Pryor

    Featuring:

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

     

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    TICKETS

    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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  7. newMoves: Studio Series :: Program A

    EVENT DETAILS
    Friday, May 10
    2:00pm – 3:30pm
    KST’s Alloy Studios, Downstairs / 5530 Penn Ave

    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

     

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    TICKETS

    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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  8. newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival

    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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  9. 9th annual newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival

    EVENT DETAILS
    Friday – Saturday / May 18 – 19, 2018
    See Festival Schedule Below :: Map

    “The evening felt significantly more bold … with work that ranged from technical to theatrical and, in some cases, an impressive blend of both.” Coal Hill Review KST’s newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival shines a spotlight on contemporary dance and on new and established talent here and outside of the region. Launched in 2009, the festival plays a vital role in the local dance scene by fostering new works and connections and encouraging choreographers to take creative risks. Most of the works are new projects in development and/or are produced by early-career artists. Audiences get the opportunity to hear innovative voices while artists share their work with a rich peer network. The performances, artist talks, master classes and symposia are designed to expand the minds of participants as KST provides a platform for contemporary dance practices.

    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 (Pittsburgh), slowdanger (Pittsburgh), and many more.

     

     

    FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 

    GET A FESTIVAL PASS!
    newMoves Full Festival Pass
    Includes all festival performances, classes and workshops, conversations ands parties.

    OR SELECT INDIVIDUAL TICKETS
    Click the links below for individual event tickets.


    Friday, May 11, 2018

    Bill Shannon // Touch Update
    8pm: 7pm doors and social mixer
    Kelly Strayhorn Theater

    Penn Avenue Creative Artist-in-Residence Bill Shannon premieres Touch Update, the culmination of a yearlong creative process with KST. Known for creating groundbreaking choreographies that explore the social constructions that surround disabled bodies, Shannon combines movement, wearable projection technology and video installation to explore the significant and often subtle implications of physical human contact in the digital era.


    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    Bill Shannon // Touch Update
    8pm: 7pm doors and social mixer
    Kelly Strayhorn Theater

    Penn Avenue Creative Artist-in-Residence Bill Shannon premieres Touch Update, the culmination of a yearlong creative process with KST. Known for creating groundbreaking choreographies that explore the social constructions that surround disabled bodies, Shannon combines movement, wearable projection technology and video installation to explore the significant and often subtle implications of physical human contact in the digital era.


    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Movement Workshop // Exhalation Dance Theater
    4pm – 5pm
    KST Alloy Studios

    Join the students of Exhalations Dance Theatre as they explore and expose movement in its most simple form. In today’s society, turns and extensions seem to be the focus, but movement is the foundation of dance. Simplicity is key; it can be beautiful and challenging on its own without distractions.

    This all-level workshop will challenge participants to explore connections to body, sound, and their environment. These connections will be used to play, investigate, and regenerate oneself.


    Movement Workshop // Chris Babingui
    5:30pm – 6:30pm
    KST Alloy Studios

    In this workshop, Chris Babingui explores the dance form of Ekongo. Iboga-Odzanga is the original name for Ekongo, which means warrior rites. Its origins derive from the Kouyous and Mbochis tribes. This dance is a traditional war dance of the Congo Basin, carried out before each battle to galvanize the fighters and awaken the spirits of the ancestors. Babingui will share the basic dance steps of Ekongo, movement, footwork and rhythm. Chris will demonstrate how the Ekongo movements have similarities in contemporary dance and will share how the movements merge and overlap.

    This movement workshop is designed to test the physicality of dancers across skill levels. 


    Festival Meet & Greet // A Conversation on Contemporary Dance in the Future
    8pm
    KST Alloy Studios

    Join us for refreshments and a conversation about presenting artistic work led by newMoves festival choreographers. What makes dance unique in Pittsburgh? How does Pittsburgh value its artist? Learn what opportunities KST has for creative individuals. Share your stories and learn what opportunities the Kelly Strayhorn Theater has to offer.


    Friday, May 18, 2018

    Movement Workshop // Staycee Pearl Dance Project
    11am – 12pm
    KST Alloy Studios

    Learn the movement techniques of Stacy Pearl Dance Project. Participants will begin with a progressive somatic warm up, moving into technical exploration, and  experience repertory phrases and development exercises specifically related to the creative process for sym.

    This movement workshop is designed to test the physicality of dancers across skill levels. 


    Movement Workshop // Ira Cambric
    3pm – 4pm
    KST Alloy Studios

    This Hip Hop movement workshop is designed to test the physicality of dancers across skill levels. 


    newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival // Program A
    8pm: 7pm doors and social mixer
    Kelly Strayhorn Theater

    Featured Performers:

    • Jil Stifel
    • Chris Babingui
    • Exhalations Dance Theatre
    • Stacy Pearl Dance Project & Soy Sos
    • Nick Daniels 

    Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Movement Workshop // Shamel Pitts
    11am – 12pm
    KST Alloy Studios

    This movement workshop is designed to test the physicality of dancers across skill levels. 


    Movement Workshop // Jamal Jackson
    1pm – 2pm
    KST Alloy Studios

    This movement workshop is designed to test the physicality of dancers across skill levels. 


    Movement Workshop // Nick Daniels
    3pm – 4pm
    KST Alloy Studios

    Nick M. Daniels will lead this repertory workshop that delves into the artistic practices of The Dana Movement Ensemble. Daniels looks to explore choreographic styles that incorporate contemporary, modern, and traditional butoh. Participants will engage in African movements and gestures based on pure raw emotion and musicality.

    This movement workshop is designed to test the physicality of dancers across skill levels. 


    newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival // Program B
    8pm: 7pm doors and social mixer
    Kelly Strayhorn Theater

    Featured Performers:

    • Jamal Jackson
    • Ira Cambric
    • Joan Wagman
    • Moriah Ella Mason
    • Shamel Pitts

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    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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  10. newMoves Happy Hour

    Presented by Kelly Strayhorn Theater 

    Happy Hour
    Thur / July 6
    5–8p / KST’s Alloy Studios
    5530 Penn Ave :: Map

    KST leadership and staff offer an informal happy hour conversation and information sharing session on KST’s upcoming opportunities for artists. Grab a cocktail and join us in KST’s lobby for a chance to ask questions about our programs and application processes. We will have open calls for our artist residency programs and performance opportunities, with deadlines for the 2018 edition of newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival.

    Applications for the 2017 newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival will go LIVE following this event and will be accepted through December 2017.

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    FREE | Use the link below to RSVP for this event.

     

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