Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Classic, Contemporary in Motion

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Classic, Contemporary in Motion

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As temperatures start to dip this fall, the Pittsburgh dance scene is just heating up.

From ballet classics to envelope-pushing contemporary pieces, homegrown companies have something planned to delight pretty much any dance palate. Plus, look out for a number of out-of-town troupes bringing their talents here on tour in the coming months.

Here's a handful of highlights that will keep dance enthusiasts occupied through the end of the year:

"The Sleeping Beauty" featuring Russian Grand Ballet: See true love awakened with a kiss and spectacular dancing by Russian Grand Ballet's powerhouse performers. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Byham Theater, Downtown. Tickets: Start at $29.95 at trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.

"Impulse" by Texture Contemporary Ballet: For their latest mixed repertory program, founding artistic director Alan Obuzor and associate artistic director Kelsey Bartman have planned a lineup that looks at how our emotions drive us. Expect a new ballet set to music by English singer-songwriter Adele, as well as several stirring collaborations. 8 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at New Hazlett Theater, North Side. Tickets: Start at $20 at www.textureballet.org.

Martha Graham Dance Company presented by Pittsburgh Dance Council: The legendary New York City-based company, whose namesake was born here, will revive such masterworks as "Diversion of Angels" and "Dark Meadow," along with variations of Martha Graham's famed 1930 solo "Lamentations." 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Byham Theater. Tickets: Start at $10 at trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.

"Some Assembly Required" by Attack Theatre: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process as Attackers combine live music, visual art and improvisational movement to shape a dance right before audience members' eyes. 6 p.m. Oct. 7-8 and 2 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. Tickets: Start at $15 at www.attacktheatre.com.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company presented by Pittsburgh Dance Council: Prepared to be moved by "Analogy/Dora: Tramontane," an evening-length work that weaves together spoken word and versatile props to chronicle the experiences of Holocaust survivor Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse who also happens to be the mother of choreographer Bill T. …

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