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APR. 2 – PEKING ACROBATS. Before there was Cirque du Soleil, there were the Peking Acrobats. Drawing upon 2000 years of traditional circus arts, this family-friendly show never ceases to amaze. Byham Theater, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-35. Call 412-456-6666, visit the Box Office at Theater Square or go online at CulturalTrust.
APR. 7-12 – DIRTY DANCING. One of America’s all-time film favorites makes its way to the stage tapping those great ’60’s tunes and oh-so-familiar love story between Baby and Johnny. Benedum Center, times vary. Tickets: $28-82. Go online at Cultural Trust, call 412-456-6666 or visit the Box Office at Theater Square.
APR. 7-12 – NEW YORK CITY BALLET. NYCB returns to Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with two exciting programs — 20th-CENTURY CLASSICS (George Balanchine’s Serenade, Agon and Symphony in C — how could you go wrong?) and 21st CENTURY CHOREOGRAPHERS (Peter Martins’ Symphonic Dances, Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth and Justin Peck’s Everywhere We Go — a chance to see what is currently trending). 20th – Tues., Thurs., Sat. Mat./21st Wed., Fri., Sat. Eve., Sun. Mat. Click on NYCB.
APR. 10-11 – GIA T. PRESENTS. Live and improvised, this will be the largest in Gia’s latest series with artists from Amsterdam, South Korea, New York City, United Kingdom and Pittsburgh. PearlArts 201 Braddock Ave. 6th floor. 8 p.m. $20 General Admission; $15 Artists l Students l Seniors. At the door.
APR. 10-11 – PITT DANCE ENSEMBLE. Susan Gillis Kruman’s group presents Curtain Call at Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre, 8 p.m. $10, Public; $5 Students. At the door.
APR. 10-12 – CONSERVATORY DANCE COMPANY. CDC reveals more Point Park Connections through the adjunct faculty, featuring Daniel Karasik’s Descent, Shana Simmons’ CRUNCH, Sarah Eberhart’s Libertango, Matt Pardo’s Paiju and Ernest Tolentino’s Cello Molto Espressivo. George Rowland White Performance Studio, Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat. Sun. 2 p.m. Tickets: $18-20; call 412-392-8000 or go online at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.
APR. 11 – THE DIRTY BALL. It’s the 10th anniversary for Attack Theatre dance/fun fest. “It’s about time,” the Attackers are saying. “Bring the DeLorean.” 415 Bingham Street on the Southside. Experience Attack Theatre performances, TITLE TOWN soul & Funk Party’s DJ Gordy G, space age art installations, ageless fashion showdowns and classic libations. Dirty Donor Reception, $250 6-8 p.m. and beyond; Velvet Lounge Access $150; General Admission $60.
APR. 11 – SECOND SATURDAY. The Pillow Project continues with another evening-long improvisation.. Come and share a genuinely jazzed spirit! The Space Upstairs, 8-midnight. Tickets: $10 suggested, at the door.
APR. 12 – SUNDAYSERIES @POINTBREEZEWAY. River City Arts Management presents its spring season at the intimate PointBreezeway with vocalist Tania Grubbs and guitarist Mark Lucas plus STAYCEE PEARL dance project. 4 p.m., BYOB. Tickets: $10 at the door.
APR. 15 – 30 – THE PILLOW PROJECT. Pearlann Porter comes up with another intriguing concept in (a) Long Here. It’s all about time — the past, present and future happening all at once. She’s calling it “a most unusual durational installation,” running for 16 consecutive evenings at The Space Upstairs in Point Breeze. Doors open every evening 8-10 with a performance at 9 p.m. (video projection, live performance, chalk and more). Come once, come all. Exhibit passes available at the door, Student/$10; General $15.
APR. 17-19 – PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE. PBT concludes its 45the anniversary season with another full-length epic. It is La Bayadère, a historic story of a temple dancer, Nikiya, who swears allegiance with the warrior Solor. But the High Brahmin covets her as well, setting up a tale of love and intrigue. It is famous for The Kingdom of the Shades sequence, which can be presented as a stand-alone ballet, with the corps de ballet descending ramps to the stage in a series of arabesques. Benedum Center, Fri.-Sat. at 8, Sat.-Sun. at 2. Tickets: $27-89; call 412-456-6666, go online at www.pbt.org or visit the Box Office at Theater Square.
APR. 17-26 – CONSERVATORY DANCE COMPANY. The company concludes its season at Point Park University with a program compiled by staff choreographers, including Doug Bentz, Rubn Graciani, Kiesha Lalama, Garfield Lemonius, Peter Merz and Ron Tassone. George Roland White Performance Studio, Thurs.-Sat. at 8, Sat.-Sun. at 2, Sun. at 6. Tickets:$18-20; click on CDC.
APR. 18 – PONTUS LIDBERG DANCE. A rising young star on the international scene, Pontus brings three equally charismatic dancers with him for Snow, inspired by nature’s dominance over man. Presented by the Pittsburgh Dance Council, it also boasts a human-sized Bunraku puppet in this poetic interpretation. Byham Theater, 8 p.m. Tickets: $19-55; online at PDC, call 412-456-6666, Box Office at Theater Square.
APR. 21 – ATTACK THEATRE. The Attackers invite the public to enter into their creative process with Studio 20 at Pittsburgh Opera in the Strip District, Studio A. Time TBA
APR. 25 – BELLE VOCI. Craig Cannon’s womens’ chorus is presenting a program about women, by women and for women. Hosted by KDKA’s Brenda Waters, it will feature the music of Gwyneth Walker and a new work by Bodiography’s Maria Caruso. East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m. Free.
APR. 25 – WENDY WHELAN. This is the Pittsburgh Dance Council program that was cancelled due to Wendy’s injury. But she is healthy now and back to Restless Creature. However, you’ll have to head to Cleveland to see her and Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham. The all-duet program also commissioned works (and performances) by Joshua Beamish, Alejandro Crrudo and Brian Brooks. Playhouse Square, Ohio Theatre, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-65; 216-241-6000 or click on Restless.
APR. 30 – SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY It’s a cool idea — Art and Myrna Packer of Bridgman/Packer Dance are doing a student workshop, followed by a performance of their groundbreaking Truck, yes, danced inside a U-haul truck after sundown. Recipients of a Guggenheim Fellowship for their work in video/dance. Shows on the half hour — 9, 9:30 and 10. Free.