A high energy dance performance of 4 world premiere works, 4 choreographers, 25 dancers and live music by Cello Fury!
We're Alan and Kelsey, the Artistic Directors of Texture Contemporary Ballet! We're a new company that formed last year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We had our premiere performance of "Texture" last summer at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh's North Side. Over our two day run we sold out two of our three shows! That was so exciting! Because we did so well last year we will do a whole week of shows this summer. We will again be performing at the New Hazlett Theater. Our project is a dance performance that we are self producing titled “Blur”.
We will be bringing together 25 dancers from across the country to dance with us for Blur, professional ballet dancers that dance with such companies as Texture Contemporary Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, BalletMet, Ballet Austin, Nashville Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and Colorado Ballet.
We will be creating and presenting four world premiere works by choreographers Alan Obuzor, Kelsey Bartman, and Catherine Tiso, as well as a work by Gabriel Smith.
Alan’s work will fuse together classical and contemporary based movement with African music.
Gabriel’s piece is a duet that takes place for the most part on a 4 foot X 4 foot platform.
Catherine’s piece will be based on “yin yang” a concept that deals not with opposing forces, but rather complementary opposites that exist in nature, such as hot and cold, low and high, water and fire, female and male; opposites such as these are interdependent with each other, one cannot exist without the other.
The theme for Kelsey’s’ piece will be “an artist’s driving force for creation”. In order to present this she’ll be bringing together artists from different mediums, music, composition, literature, and visual arts. The challenge for this piece will be giving all the different artists artistic freedom but still holding true to her vision.
We will have live music by Cello Fury and new compositions by Gabriel Smith.
Cello Fury is a rock band that consists of three classically trained cellists and a rock drummer performing high-energy original music. They are set apart from your average rock bank by appealing to a diverse audience across age groups and musical interests. Continually developing their own unique style of cello rock music, cellists Simon Cummings, Ben Muñoz and Nicole Myers along with drummer David Throckmorton unleash vitality and rhythmic drive in their music and dare to venture past classical expectations.
Two of the five pieces in “Blur” will be set to Gabriel Smith’s music! Gabe says of his music that it allows him to be set free into his own world where anything is possible. His process is to set down some music, and then continually layer it, he will add change and delete from it until he gets something that he is happy with. Some of his music inspirations are Phillip Glass, known for his simple and repeating sounds, a sort of minimalist approach to music, and Sigur Ros, an Icelandic, post-rock band with melodic, classical, and minimalist elements, known for the ethereal sounds they produce.
Blur will be a big production that we are putting together and that means we need to do a lot of fundraising to pay for things such as dancer salaries, costumes, musicians, music rights, tech personnel, theater rental, etc. We're really hoping you can help us out with all of this. A little bit from a lot of people can add up to a lot…….. and a lot from a lot of people can add up to even more! Every little bit is deeply appreciated!
We formed Texture Contemporary Ballet because we wanted to do something different, we wanted to create more opportunities for dancing and choreographing, we wanted to enhance the vibrant Pittsburgh art scene even more. Pittsburgh has a world class ballet, modern dance companies, symphony, opera, but not a contemporary ballet company of that same level. We're here to fill that gap. Our mission is to strive to enhance the Greater Pittsburgh Area by creating and presenting original movement that upholds high classical ballet standards of technique and skill within a more diverse and contemporary style. Our artists express creativity and passion through the process of collaboration and performance, in an attempt to inspire an appreciation of dance and enliven and educate the public.
Our artistic vision is to strive to make dance that is appreciated by dancers and non-dancers, to inspire dancers, teachers, directors, choreographers, audience members, and artists of every kind, by presenting ballet in a way that many people have never seen it before. We think that it is important to be able to break through preconceived notions that people may have when they come to see ballet for the first time. In addition, we think that it is important to fulfill the expectations of people that are frequent theatergoers and deeply submerged in the world of dance.
We work to create a company of artists that think for themselves and work together as a group. We believe that in the studio and on the stage we need to create an environment where all artists can thrive, grow, and learn from each other, be they dancers, choreographers, musicians, or designer. When artists are able to share their passion and energy with each other and an audience, they can create something that is more than the sum of its parts and touch people in an expanded way.
In our choreography we like to incorporate the aesthetics of ballet with a more contemporary and diverse pallet of movement. We like to bring out different dynamics in the music, and play with different qualities of timing and movement. We move dancers through space to present movement, energy, and passion.
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