The New Hazlett CSA, the first and only performance series of its kind, introduces you to the freshest, most original artists in the Pittsburgh area. On the surface, our CSA seems like a regular subscription series, but underneath it’s so much more. Your share in the CSA doesn’t just pay for a seat at a show. You’re providing the resources these artists need to create professional caliber work. Beyond that, you’re helping to support Pittsburgh’s next crop of groundbreaking artists.
An exclusive event for CSA artists and shareholders featuring a gathering of CSA alumni and current Season 5 artists. Expect mini-performances, good food, and good friends.
The CSA 2017 – 2018 Season Includes
Clare Drobot and Nathan Zoob | John Petrucelli | Gene Thompson, Arvid Tomayko, and Ru Emmons | Carl Antonowicz | Double Blind Productions
Stella is seventeen and ready for what’s next. Chafing at the confines of her increasingly strict religious upbringing, music has become her escape. She shares a too-small town with Jacky, a restless fellow songwriter. A chance meeting on a lonely Sunday night sets in motion a chain of events that will profoundly shift both of their lives. A workshop of a new play laced with music, Between Us and Grace is an exploration of creation, faith, and the price of inspiration.
Presence is the crossroads where jazz, classical, and electronic music meet. It is a unique musical meditation on place, space, and the human condition. John Petrucelli’s latest compositional endeavor combines three different musical genres into one original performance featuring a jazz quintet, a string quartet, and electronics.
Described by All About Jazz as “a musician with a burning desire to explore,” JohnPetrucelli is an award-winning saxophonist and composer who has performed alongside internationally renowned artists such as Terence Blanchard, Geri Allen, and Victor Lewis. John received critical acclaim for his debut album The Way. John’s performances present an enthralling amalgam of technique, formal and rhythmic invention.
Using a combination of touch sensors, soundscapes and wearable fabric sculptures, artists H. Gene Thompson, Arvid Tomayko, and Ru Emmons create a language around the push and pull of human connection.
Elastic wearables become membranes to resist and barriers to break, both joining and separating. The performers activate their environment with embedded sensors that control the soundscape, taking the audience on an abstract journey of language through touch and separation.
H. Gene Thompson’s work questions human connectivity through the exploration of wearable fabric sculptures, creating spaces that challenge social boundaries. Morphing wearables with movement, Thompson creates images that distort the state of stable consciousness.
Arvid Tomayko is an experimental musician and multimedia artist. Their unique auditory and visual experiences explore the intersection of electronic sound performance, process driven composition, and interactive installation.
Ru Emmons is a queer, nonbinary Pittsburgh native. For Emmons, movement is a way of reclaiming their scrambled body and inviting others to do the same.
Felecia’s body betrays her. Her husband rejects her. Her society exiles her to a place where the beliefs are a mockery, but whose residents welcome her with open (albeit misshapen) arms. Her new life is stable enough, but things are not what they seem. A quiet war of belief is about to erupt, and Felecia will be forced to take sides. Büer’s Kiss is a multimedia comics experience featuring voice actors, foley effects, and projected images.
Carl Antonowicz is a cartoonist and performer based in Pittsburgh. He graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2009 and has been steadily building a body of comics work based around his independent research into Medical History, Epidemiology, and the Medieval Period. You can read some of his comics online at http://cantocomics.wordpress.com
Imagine a circus shaped entirely by the audience and one very unique deck of tarot cards. Escape Velocity tells the story of a soul trapped in limbo, revealed one draw at a time. What scripts have we been handed? What prisons do we construct for ourselves? What is our capacity for resistance, rebellion, and rebirth?
Double Blind Productions is an interdisciplinary performance collective spanning Pittsburgh, Colorado, and New York. Double Blind currently consists of Amanda Hackman, John Hackman, Moriah Ella Mason, Angela Whalen, and Miles Wilder with guest collaborators the Bombyx Collective and O’Ryan the O’Mazing.