PERFORMANCES: Under Construction.
THRU OCT. 26 – BEYOND. Part of Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (PIFOF), find the light at the end of the tunnel in Spain’s Beyond, an immersive experience that “explores relationships between space, time and perception as it astounds.” Free, but a timed ticket is required. Click on Beyond.
THRU OCT. 28 – QUANTUM THEATRE. Also from Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (PIFOF), the audience is mobile here, following the actors in a new play adapted from Sir Peter Ackroyd’s award-winning book. Immersed in the haunting spaces of Trinity Cathedral, Sixth St. Downtown, and including a full intermission dinner by the celebrity chef of the week. Dates and times vary. Click on Quantum.
OCT. 3, 5 and 6 – GAB SQUAD. Award-winning Pittsburgh performer Gab Bonesso is a family educator, musical artist and stand-up comic. She presents a message of tolerance and celebrates creativity through song, discussion and interactive comedic lessons. Another PIFOF series, this one for middle-high school age. Trust Arts Education Center. Wed. and Fri. at 10, Sat. at 1. Tickets: $10. Click on Gab.
OCT. 5-7 – JOAN DIDION’S THE WHITE ALBUM. Lars Jan’s interdisciplinary work based on Joan Didion’s seminal essay. Performed by Obie Award-winning actor Mia Barren and potentially one of the highlights of PIFOF as moving tectonic plates expose so much. Commission by Center Theatre Group and BAM, PIFOF gets the world premiere. Fri.-Sat. at 7:30, Sat. at 2, Sun. at 6:30. Tickets: $35. Click on Album.
OCT. 6 – SLOWDANGER. The dynamically internalized duo of Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight presents VLX at 937 Gallery on Liberty Ave. Downtown. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-15 at the door and include post-performance reception/dance party.
OCT. 6-7 – THE BENCH. Point Park University professor Kiesha Lalama has seen the light at the end of the tunnel. Her full-length dance/theater piece, The Bench, which had its local premiere nine years ago, will have its professional debut with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Sat. at 7:30 and Sun. at 4 at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton Ohio. Tickets: $25-50-48. Click on Bench.
OCT. 11-13 – IN THE TUNNEL. This Israeli production has already stirred the political scene. Two Israeli and two Palestinian soldiers contemplate life and death in a tunnel while a morning tv show discusses smoothies and make-up above them. Performed in Hebrew with supertitles above by the renowned Gesher Theatre. August Wilson Center. Thurs. 7:30, Fri.-Sat. 8, Sat. at 2. Tickets $30-35; click on Tunnel.
OCT. 11-14 – CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHERS. A terrific line-up to start the Point Park University dance season. The Conservatory Dance Company will begin with a stellar roster, including Christopher Huggins, Jae Man Too, Peter Chu and PPU staff member Mark Burrell. GRW Performance Studio, Thurs.-Sat. at 8, Sat.-Sun. at 2. Tickets $20-24; click on PPU.
OCT. 12-13 – WHAT’S THAT? From PIFOF, a “super-charged puppet cabaret” from the Ukraine. Where is our place in our world and history? A production by the breakthrough Teatre-Prainia with Ukraine’s leading contemporary hub CCA Dakh, director by theatrical disruptor, Vlad Trotsky. North American premiere. Trust Arts Education Center, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25; click on What?
OCT. 13 – DEBORAH COLKER DANCE. A hot name in international choreography, Brazil’s Colker is a winner of Great Britain’s Laurence Olivier Award-winner for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and is noted for her work at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Add to that her choreography in Cirque de Soleil’s Ovo and there’s no wonder that the company is greatly anticipate for her newest work, “Dog Without Feathers,” focusing on the tension between the elite and the river people. Both PIFOF and Pittsburgh Dance Council. Byham Theater, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-65. Call 412-456-6666, Box Office at Theatre Square, click on Colker.
OCT. 13 – THE SESSIONS UPSTAIRS. Pearlann Porter and John Lambert give us an improvisational series where “musicians, movers and poets create and converse in jazz.” Comfortable couches and free coffee. Tickets: $12 at the door.
OCT. 17-21 – MRS. KRISHNAN’S PARTY. From India ink Theatre Company and New Zealand comes another PIFOF performance. An immersive event with music, dance and vegetarian Dah prepared live for each performance. Come as you are or “break out that festive sari.” Trust Arts Education Center, Wed.- Fri. 7:30, Sat. at 8, Sat.-Sun. at 2, Sun. at 7. Tickets: $25.25-50.25, from Party Animals and Cheeky Seats to Inner Circle and VIP (the closer you are, the more involved in the performance). Click on Party, call 412-456-6666 or Box Office at Theater Square.
OCT. 18 – TAGO. For those of us who remember Kodo, the Japanese breakout group that first appeared on the Pittsburgh Dance Council, here comes the updated Korean percussion ensemble, Tago. Byham Theater, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-45. Call 412-456-6666, click on Tago or visit Box Office at Theater Square.
OCT. 21 – SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY. The SRU Faculty and Guest Artist Concert features Bill t. Jones D-Man in the Waters (Part I) and Bench by DIAVOLO’S Jacques Heim, plus faculty choreography. Succop Theater on the campus of Butler County Community College, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Call 724-738-2036.
OCT. 25-27 – MIDNIGHT RADIO. Israel’s Hanut31 and Pittsburgh’s Bricolage present Karate Man Patrick Kim and Frankenstein in radio play style for PIFOF. 937 Liberty, Thurs. – Sat. at 8, Sat. at 2. Tickets: $35. Call 412-456-6666, Box Office at Theater Square or click on Radio.
OCT. 26-27 – DANA MOVEMENT ENSEMBLE. Nick Daniels returns to the Pittsburgh dance scene with DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK, featuring works from the past and present. Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks, 8 p.m. Pay What You Can at the door.
OCT. 26-28 – THE BLANKET. One of the most anticipated performances of the season. The Blanket follows up its unparalleled debut with works by New York choreographer Christopher Williams. There will be excerpts from the award-winning Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (2005) and its companion piece, The Golden Legend (2009). See Christian martys and saints in fantastical costumes, accompanied live by ModernMedieval. New Hazlett Theater, Fri.-Sat. at 7:30 and Sun. at 2. Tickets: $20-25; click on Blanket.
OCT. 26-28 – PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE. PBT opens its season with a Mozart in Motion program, featuring works by George Balanchine, Divertimento No 15, and Jiri Kylian, Sechs Tänze and an encore of his classic. Petite Mort. Principal dancer Julia Erickson will have her final performance on Sunday. Benedum Center, Fri.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. Tickets: $28-117. 412-456-6666, Box Office at Theater Square, Click on Julia.
NOV. 9 – THE INVISIBLE JAZZ LAB. A mix of scientists and improvisational artists in a lounge setting. The Space Upstairs. 7 p.m. mixer, informance at 8 p.m. $15 General, $10 Student. At the door.