Resounding Sound

5d4-5133-copy-2_origI didn’t know much about Texture Contemporary Ballet’s Resounding Sound before arriving at the New Hazlett Theater. I was a fill in for another writer that had fallen ill, so I only really knew the time and the place. I walked into the theater to take my seat and I was automatically intrigued. The stage was level with the ground the seats were cascaded like bleachers, knowing that was here to see a contemporary ballet performance I was thrilled, I would be able to see everything!

The show starts and the band (for lack of better words, it was simply a vocal artist accompanied by guitar) is highlighted above the stage and begins to sing, and the dancers come out and I’m instantaneously thrilled. When I was a performer myself, we had this joke that we always wanted to give our best performance especially in ensemble numbers, to truly let our personality shine through because a critic that came to review a show we had previously performed said that they were “blown away by the 3rd ensemble member from the right”. Fast forward 11 years later and I found my very own 3rd ensemble member from the right, a dance student from Point Park University named DaMond Garner. I can’t explain how or why he was so captivating, but he demanded my attention from the first second that he stepped onto the stage and I was happy to give it to him. Upon exit my girlfriend said the same thing to me, she was mesmerized. (Thank you for such a great show, DaMond)

The show itself was a unique experience for me. The band, Sacramento-based musicians, Justin Edward Keim and Vincent Randazzo, were singing songs that I was unfamiliar with but loved, very reminiscent of a John Mayer singing his own version of Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane. The dancers turned these songs into love stories that revolved around the theme “A Twist of Fate”. The performance was short, only lasting about 45 minutes with no breaks or intermissions, but they took us on such a beautiful journey in that little bit of time.

The choreography was elegant and beautiful. At times I thought the dancers were out of sync and then they came back together instantly, which honestly is genius when you consider that they were telling stories about love. Perfectly imperfect is what I would call the work that Artistic Director and Dancer Alan Obuzor prepared for Resounding Sound. If you are familiar with the work of Mia Michaels, I would highly recommend you attend anything that he has to offer to the stage in the future. Along with Assistant Artistic Director Kelsey Bartman, he delivered an extremely original and passionate performance.

Overall, I truly feel like they can separate the band from the dancing each can stand on their own as a great show.  This was an absolutely beautiful performance from Texture Contemporary Ballet, which is in their 7th season, and now that I’m aware of what they do and how well they do it I am looking forward to what they have to deliver to us next. They will return to the New Hazlett Theater September 29 – October 1 2017 for Boundless. Can’t wait to see you all there.

For more information on Texture Contemporary Ballet, check out their website here. 

Much to Be Expected from Throughline This Season

static1.squarespace.com3Throughline Theatre returns this season at Grey Box Theater, as we eagerly await this year’s intriguing theme of Can You Trust the Government?  Pittsburgh in the Round has this season’s preview of what to be expected.

static1.squarespace.comdThe season will open June 10th with the premiere of Judgement at Nuremburg written by Abby Mann and Directed by Liam Macik. Set in 1947 this piece will take audiences back to post WW2 Germany, where four judges who served during the Nazi regime will face charges of crimes against humanity.  This production will run from June 10th to June 18th, followed by the classic Julius Caesar written by none other than William Shakespeare and directed by Joey Yow. Audiences expecting to see Throughline’s take on this oldie but goodie can do so from July 22nd-30th.

static1.squarespace.com1Througline’s third production this summer will be The Censor, written by David L. Williams and directed by Sarah McPartland. This piece will follow Charlotte Coates, a government censor, as she befriends a transgender censored artist and helps him make plans to escape the oppressive territory and expose the corrupt regime. The Censor is the winner of Throughline’s New Play Competition and will run from September 16th-24th.

fafrwThroughline will close out this year’s season with Yankee Tavern, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Vance Weatherly. This piece, a dramatic thriller, will focus on a 9/11 conspiracy theory told by a patron at the bar, Yankee tavern. Those looking to indulge in this edge-of-your-seat play can do so from October 28th -November 5th.

ragrgAll productions will run at grey box theater in Lawrenceville for two weekends, the premiere being Friday at 8 PM, followed by a 2 PM (pay what you can) performance proceeded by a 8 PM show on Saturday, in the first week. The second weekend will consist of a Thursday night and Friday night performance, both showing at 8 PM. With the exclusion of the Saturday matinee, all performances are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors or those with valid student ID.

For tickets and more information about Throughline Theatre Company, check out their website here.

Check out the rest of our 2016 Summer Preview here! Follow along with our summer adventures with the hashtag #SummerwithPITR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!