NOV. 6 – AAKASH ODEDRA. The Pittsburgh Dance Council/Pittsburgh Dance Council series continue with Aakash Odedra, who gives us Rising, a program of four solos by some of England’s great choreographers — Sidi, Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant — and Odedra himself. This has been an international sensation since its debut in 2011. A scintillating blend of traditional Indian dance and contemporary, showing us how to push choreographic boundaries. Byham Theater, 8 p.m. Tickets: $19-55. 412-456-6666, Odedra or Box Office at Theater Square.

NOV. 6-7 – SARAH STITES/KATIE STILES. A performance collaboration between experimental theater choreographer Stites and visual artist Stiles, it will explore the intimacy and illness created by physical illness in this interactive installation at the Wood Street Galleries. Fri. at 8 (sold out), Sat. at 3 and 8. $15. Click on Wood.

NOV. 6-8 – WEST SIDE STORY. Okay, so I’ve seen it 13 times. This is a rarity, a full screen presentation at Heinz Hall with Jerome Robbins’ iconic choreography performed by the original Oscar-winning cast and Leonard Bernstein’s score played by the Pittsburgh Symphony. Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2:30 and 8 and Sun. at 2:30. Tickets: $24-84; click on West.

NOV. 7 – POINTE IN TIME. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents its annual gala at the Westin Hotel, beginning at 6 p.m. Sporting a theme spotlights innovation in ballet, particularly William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. Always filled with good food and good dance, the ball usually is one of the top ten social events in the ‘Burgh. Tickets: $150-500. Click on Elevated.

NOV. 7-8 – PITTSBURGH BELLY DANCE FESTIVAL. Workshops, lectures, vendors and performances fill the two-day festival at the Pittsburgh Dance Center on Liberty Avenue. See the Live Belly Off competition and Showcase of the Stars on Sat. at 7 p.m. $15/10 advance. And/or take in the Closing Show and Awards Ceremony on Sun. at 3 p.m. $15/10 in advance. Click on Belly.

NOV. 8 – MYSTIC INDIA. The performance end of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s India in Focus festival ends with a splash (but you can still check the galleries). Yes, Bollywood comes to life with renowned musicians, brilliant dancers, aerialists and acrobats and 750 eye-catching costumes. Director Amit Shah says, “If you have ever wanted to visit India, Mystic India is your direct flight there.” Byham, 7 p.m. Click on India.

NOV. 8 – FLESH AND BONE. At last, a real, adult television limit dance series by one of the creators of Breaking Bad, Moira Walley-Beckett. So you know it will be shocking and surprising (nudity included). Best of all, many major roles are played by real dancers like American Ballet Theater star Irina Dvoravenko and former soloist Sascha Radetsky, plus lead Sarah Hay (no cutaways like Natalie Portman in Black Swan). On Starz. First episode free. Binge watching and more.

NOV. 10 – AILEY II.  The offshoot of the world’s most popular dance company, Ailey II features dancers that often filter into its parent. They will bring the trademark high energy to a program of rising young choreographers and will most likely end with Ailey’s own Revelations. It helps to re-open the August Wilson Center at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20-35. 412-456-6666, AILEY or Box Office at Theater Square.

NOV. 11-20 – TWYLA THARP. Tharp is celebrating her 50th year with a nationwide tour that includes former Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers Eva Trapp and Nicholas Coppula. Catch them at Kennedy Center Nov. 11-14 or closing the tour in New York Nov. 17-20 at the Koch Theater.

NOV. 12 – BALLET HISPANICO. Part of Lincoln Center at the Movies, the first film series to feature American companies and hosted by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, this performances spotlights the New York City company in a program featuring Pedro Ruiz Club Havana and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s  CARMEN. maquia, a Picasso-like interpretation of the opera Carmen that has been hailed as a masterpiece. Cinemark North Hills and XD, Cinemark Robinson Township, Monroeville Mall 12 with XD, Cinemark 17 Pittsburgh Mills, Cinemark Center Monaca. 7 p.m. Tickets: $16-18.

NOV. 13 –  BECKY SLEMMONS, JOAN WAGMAN, MITAL GOSAL. This trio will present PAGES, a dual repsonse to Slemmons composition derived from Berlin’s currently resurgent synagogues. Wood Street Galleries.  Fri. at 8, Sat. at 3 and 8. Tickets: $10. Click on PAGES.

NOV. 13-14 – ATTACK THEATRE. Pittsburgh gets to see the results of Attack’s year-long sojourn to work with North Side students. Called Remainder l Northside, it will feature original music by music director/cellist/Pittsburgh favorite Dave Eggar, percussionist Chuck Palmer and flutist Domenica Fosatti. New Hazlett Theater, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 and 8. Tickets: $15-25. Click on Attack.

NOV. 13-14 – BILL SHANNON. Featuring a work-in-progress, Stay Up, Bill is working with adults with physical disabilities. Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Alloy Studios, 8 p.m. Pay What Makes You Happy.

NOV. 13-22- CONSERVATORY DANCE COMPANY. Point Park University’s dance department continues the excitement with the Contemporary Choreographers program, featuring Washington Ballet’s Septime Weber and his Fluctuating Hemlines, presented at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2008, plus world premieres by NYC choreographers Ori Florin (The Way Out), The DASH Ensemble’s Gregory Dolbashian and Jess Hendricks (Shedding Skin). George Rowland White Performance Studio. Program A Thurs. at 8, Sat. at 2; Program B Fri./Sat. at 8. Tickets: $20 Adult; $10 Senior/Student. Click on CDC.

NOV. 14 – CHOCOLATE BAR. Okay, so chocolate is the featured player — drinks, desserts. But ultimate dance fan Richard Parsakian has some added some accessories on the models and promises some movement. You also get a champagne toast, one signature discount and a one-year membership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (which includes restaurant discounts, newsletters and complimentary events). What a bargain! And support the Trust’s arts mission! Benedum Center Grand Lobby, 8 p.m. The price is right at $25. Click on Chocolate.

NOV. 14 – SECOND SATURDAY. The Pillow Project series continues with another improvisational, yet expert evening, this time featuring Brandon Taylor, Reed Worth and Andrew Swackhamer. Come and share a genuinely jazzed atmosphere! The Space Upstairs, 8 – midnight. Tickets: $10 suggested, at the door.
NOV. 15 – BOLSHOI BALLET. A live performance of the Bolshoi Ballet in George Balanchine’s Jewels. Cinemark Robinson Township and Monroeville Mall 12 with XD. 12:55 p.m. $16-18.
NOV. 20 – TEXTURE CONTEMPORARY BALLET.  It’s the 8th installment of Works in Progress (WIP) featuring Kelsey Bartman, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Corey Bourbonniere and Diana Yohe, Cameron Boyd, Jamie Erin Murphy, Henry Steele, Alexandra Tiso, Catherine Tiso, Brynn Vogel and Jean-Paul Weaver.  Pittsburgh Dance Center 6 and 9 p.m. Tickets: $20; Showclix or at the door.

NOV. 20-21 – BODIOGRAPHY. Maria Caruso’s company presents the Pittsburgh premiere of Within the Confines, plus a new medical ballet and rock ballet. Byham Theater 8 p.m. Tickets: $20.75-100.75. 412-456-6666, Box Office at Theater Square, Bodiography.

NOV. 20-21 – ROBERTA GUIDO. Guido is caught in Falling For a Moment, a multidisciplinary dance piece that explores a 20-year old mind. Sounds autobiographical, but with mature eye. Wood Street Galleries, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 8. Tickets: $10 at the door.


2 Responses to Listings

  1. jvranish says:

    Hi Michael — That has been changed.

  2. Bonnie Crosby says:

    The newly formed Chautauqua Area Chapter of The National Society of Arts and Letters NY, has appointed former Pittsburgh Chapter member, Bonnie Crosby as Dance Chair for the Society’s 2011 Dance (Choreography) competition. For more information go to Date of auditions and locale are forthcoming.

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