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CSA Performance Series 2019/20

Presented by New Hazlett as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series

Thursday, October 17

At the New Hazlett Theater, we take risks to bring an artist’s vision to life. Nothing’s off the table. No idea is too crazy. Great art can come from that.  

Each year the CSA Performance Series supports five emerging artists as they develop a new work for our stage. The artists we’ve chosen for this year’s CSA have artistic visions that run the full spectrum of the performing arts. But they have one thing in common: all of our artists call Pittsburgh home. We’re proud to know that the work produced at the New Hazlett contributes to the rich cultural fabric of our city. This season’s artists represent the dynamic range of work being created in Pittsburgh, and the work speaks to our collective experiences.

When you subscribe to the CSA you’re not just buying tickets. You’re giving these artists the resources they need to create, and showing them that you support their process and value what their work adds to the Pittsburgh region. Purchase your season subscription today to experience all five performances and receive a New Hazlett Theater tote!

October 17-18, 2019
Brittney Chantele – A Fire on Venus

December 5-6, 2019
Anna Azizzy – The Secret Life of Gym Girls

February 6-7, 2020
Philip Wesley Gates – Terminer

March 26-27, 2020
Dave English & Will Schutze – The Dragon of Polish Hill

April 30 – May 1, 2020
Gil Teixeira – The Mind-Body Problem

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The Sunday God Gave Me

 Written by Kim El - Directed by Rita Gregory

Sat-Sun, September 21-22

Domestic violence witnessed by children leaves a life long legacy. The Sunday God Gave Me is a story of denial, the unexpected and survival. Life often interrupts living and leaves pains and stains on the innocent. In this coming of age dramatic stage presentation, Kayla Edmunds and Tanisha Shaw share their journey of friendship, fear, love, survival and a search for a healthy relationship in an environment of chaos.

Pull up a chair at Kayla’s kitchen table and listen to her story as she explains what happened during The Sunday God Me.

For additional ticket or performance information contact Kim El at kuumba7newplays@gmail.com.

For information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at
412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org

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Beatles & Bach

Presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet

Fri-Sun, September 27-29

Two worlds collide as Texture Contemporary Ballet brings together classical music and rock and roll in “Beatles & Bach”! For this show, we are thrilled to be reuniting with local rock group Cello Fury! They will bring their powerful artistry and high-energy music to not only one, but TWO exciting new works! The first will feature J.S. Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 3”, with choreography by Artistic Director Alan Obuzor. Using a variety of solos, duets, and other smaller groups of dancers, the piece transports the audience into a separate realm for each of the six sections of music in the composition. Together, Texture and Cello Fury bring to life the beauty and complexity of this timeless composition! The second collaboration of the night will be the ultimate innovative new work…all-new, original choreography by Texture, set to all-new, original music by Cello Fury!

For information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at
412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org

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Beatles & Bach Children’s Performance

Presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet

Saturday, September 284:00PM

This performance is geared for ages 0-10, though all ages are welcome. The performance portion will feature excerpts from the main stage show of “Beatles & Bach,” followed by an interactive portion for the children. This is a great way to expose your young children to dance when you aren’t sure of their reaction or ability to sit still.

This performance is free but tickets are required. This performance is part of RADical Days, Allegheny Regional Asset District. To learn more about RAD Assets or to view the full schedule visit: radworkshere.org/pages/radical-days-2019

For more information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at 412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org

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Dance Shorts

Presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet

Sunday, September 295:30 PM

Dance Shorts is a showcase of short dance works presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet. At Texture, we love all kinds of dance and we want to share and celebrate that here in Pittsburgh. This event will be a mix of different dance groups bringing in their own dancers and performing their own works. This program will present a wide range of styles, ages, and flavors of dance and is sure to have something for everyone.

The artists in this program will range from pre-professional students through established professionals. This will be a platform for dancers and choreographers from Pittsburgh and beyond to feature their work. Dance Shorts is a wonderful way for Pittsburgh audiences to experience an eclectic sampling of dance and to celebrate dance in Pittsburgh!

Elite Dance by Damien & Kush Company
Exhalations Dance Theatre
fireWALL Dance Theater
slowdanger
Texture Ballet School
West Point Ballet
&
Texture Contemporary Ballet

photograph by Nate Powers

For more information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at 412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org

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Yearly Carnage

Presented by Carney

Friday, October 410AM-5PM

The Yearly Carnage is a one-day strategy driven marketing conference on October 4th featuring some of the sharpest marketing minds.

For more information on this event please contact Adam Kunes at 724-640-0364 or by email at adam.kunes@carney.co

For information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at
412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org.

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Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Presented by Kente Arts Alliance

Saturday, October 5Doors Open 7:00PM / Show Starts 8:00PM

Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM.

Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. He was raised in Los Angeles where his family moved after his father’s death in 1967. His mother, Alice Coltrane, was a significant influence on Ravi and it was he who encouraged Alice to return to performance and the recording studio after a long absence. Subsequently, Ravi produced and played on Alice Coltrane’s powerful, ‘Translinear Light’, which was released in 2004.

Ravi has released six albums as a leader. His latest, ‘Spirit Fiction’, was released in June of 2012 for the Blue Note label. Additional credits include performances as well as recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, among others. He is a co-leader of the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman.

For more information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at 412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org

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DoorsOpen PGH 2019

Saturday, October 510AM - 1PM

DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh believes that everyone should be able to see and experience the beauty of our city. So we open the doors to dozens of buildings to hear the stories they tell us about our past, present, and future.

During the Doors Open Pittsburgh 2019 you will get behind-the-scenes access, or the opportunity to explore and experience INSIDE a diverse collection of iconic and newly designed spaces.

Explore a vault. Stand on a theater stage. Experience an amazing view.

The New Hazlett is a stop on the tour and will be open for viewing on Saturday, October 5 from 10am – 1pm. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event.

 

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Artist Resource Fair 2019

Presented by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation

Monday, October 75:30 PM

Join your fellow artists for this annual free information session on grants, programs, and support for regional artists. Representatives from The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, New Sun Rising, Awesome Pittsburgh, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and the New Hazlett Theater, and other local and national organizations will share information about their programs.

Representatives from the following organizations will present on their programs:

How can we help you fully participate?
GPAC is committed to making its programs accessible to everyone. If you require an accommodation or service (e.g. ASL, CART/captioning, digital or large-print materials, etc.) to fully participate, please contact Juan Fernandez (jfernandez@pittsburghartscouncil.org or 412-391-2060 ext. 230) at least two weeks prior to the meeting. If an accommodation would be helpful and the lead time is less than two weeks, please let us know so we can make every effort to help you fully participate.

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A Fire on Venus

Presented by New Hazlett as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series

Thu-Fri, October 17-18

Hip hop artist Brittney Chantele performs her recently released album A Fire on Venus. The album focuses on the moments of happiness, pain, excitement, and sadness of being in love. More than a concert, the production is rich with visual art, and energized by the choreography of Kaylin Horgan.

Brittney Chantele is an activist, artist and musician whose work deals with many topics revolving around social justice. Chantele is a member of the socially conscious art collective 1 Hood Media. She created the soundtrack for City Theater’s production of Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline. She recently performed as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

For more information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at 412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org

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Connections: Acoustic Benefit Concert with Sherrie Young

Presented by PERSAD Center

Saturday, October 19Doors Open 6:00PM / Show Starts 7:00PM

Local music artist Sherrie Young is holding an acoustic benefit concert for Persad Center, Inc. on Saturday, October 19 at 7 pm. Please join us for an evening of connection, soulful and heartfelt music, and supporting the nation’s second-oldest counseling center serving the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS-affected communities. Proceeds from concert ticket sales will benefit Persad Center’s services for LGBTQ+ youth and seniors in the Pittsburgh area.

For performance questions or ticket inquiries please contact Johanna Smith at 412-441-9786 ext. 222 or by email at jsmith@persadcenter.org

For more information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at 412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org

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THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT by 6 women of a certain age

Presented by CORNINGWORKS

Wed-Sun, October 23-27

an original and bold take on #MeToo and the proverbial glass ceilings

6 nationally and internationally, critically acclaimed female dance soloists with careers that collectively span nearly 200 years, perform 6 original solos intricately woven together by choreographer Beth Corning. With seasoned humor, wistful poignancy, and mature insights, this band of travelers clad in clown-like business suits, traverse an almost Sisyphusian landscape  — baring bits of their lives, shedding skins & scars of collective memory.

NOTE: this program includes nudity

choreography & performances by  CHARLOTTE ADAMS, BETH CORNING, LI CHIAO-PINGSIMONE FERRO,  HEIDI LATSKY,  ENDALYN TAYLOR

lighting design by IAIN COURT

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The Secret Life of Gym Girls

Presented by New Hazlett as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series

Thu-Fri, December 5-6

The Secret Life of Gym Girls is a solo performance that tells the story of Harper Frances and her gymnastics team, their moms, and their coach. While together at the gym, they are seemingly happy in their world. Apart, their queer and unusual desires are revealed. Full of quirky animation and lullaby music, Azizzy’s work is hilarious, weird, and imperfect.

Anna Azizzy expresses their identity by exaggerating their life through performance, video art, experimental music, and gymnastics. Anna earned their Bachelor’s of Arts in Experimental Theater and Sculptural Performance at Carnegie Mellon University. They are the host of the Side Split Variety Show.

For more information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at 412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org

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Antonio Hart Sextet

Presented by Kente Arts Alliance

Saturday, December 7Doors Open 7:00PM / Show Starts 8:00PM

Hart’s real study of Jazz began at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, he studied with Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee, and Joe Viola. The three teachers gave him the foundation he needed to develop into a professional musician.

He made many friends at Berklee, but the most important was Roy Hargrove. They spent three years touring the world and recording Hargrove’s first three records. Hart considers Hargrove to be his brother in life and music. He even used Hargrove on his first recording ‘For the First Time.’

Hart balances his time as a full-time tenured Professor at The Aaron Copland school of Music, Queens College, as well as, traveling on the road with his band, The Dave Holland Big band, and The Dizzy Gillespie Big band. In his off time, he likes to practice martial arts. And listen to other styles of music for inspiration. He is constantly trying to get to higher levels on his horn and in his writing.

For more information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at 412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org

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Terminer

Presented by New Hazlett as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series

Thu-Fri, February 6-7

Somewhere in the dark, a queer cyborg coven is performing a ritual for the future of humankind. Using movement, found text, and programming code, TERMINER summons the New England witch panic out of America’s colonial shadows and into the blue light of the digital age. From unjust trials to biased algorithms, what systems of power are harming our bodies and our planet? What spells might we cast to resist them?

Philip Wesley Gates is a director, performance maker, and writer currently based in Pittsburgh. Their work uses choreographic and participatory strategies to drive action and affect outcomes. Philip writes about contemporary dance, teaches performance to undergraduates, and holds an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.

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The Dragon of Polish Hill

Presented by New Hazlett as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series

Thu-Fri, March 26-27

The Dragon of Polish Hill tells the story of two neighborhood residents who were destined never to know each other until Stanley Onion, a 115-year-old man with dementia, and Willy James, a rabbit-eared performance artist, are brought together by a chance encounter. The circumstances that follow force Willy to consider his own values in light of their friendship. This performance explores cultures colliding in a changing urban neighborhood.

The son of an embalmer dad and an elementary school teacher/quilt maker mom, Dave English logically grew up to be a puppeteer. A native of Pittsburgh, Dave currently lives in Polish Hill. He is the president of the Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh and holds a BFA in Theatre & Puppetry from West Virginia University. Dave’s collaborator Will Schutze is an artist, songwriter and puppeteer from Austin. He comes from a 40-year-old Texas tradition of marionettes, having cut his teeth at state fairs and massive holiday shows with World on a String puppet theater.

For more information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at 412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org

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The Mind-Body Problem

Presented by New Hazlett as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series

Thu-Fri, April 30-May 1

The Mind-Body Problem is an interdisciplinary solo guitar performance that examines the relationships we make in light of rapid technological advancements that impose on our physical space. Through storytelling and original music performed on a set of high-tech guitars, Teixeira challenges the audience to rediscover the importance of their physicality.

Gil Teixeira is a prolific artist and educator who sees sound as the unifying core of his many practices. A native of Portugal, Gil holds a Bachelor of Arts in Guitar Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he explored technology in collaborative music making. He is the founder of the post-rock band La La La Ressonance.

For more information on accessible seating or assistive listening devices please contact Courtney at 412-320-4610 ext. 16 or courtney@newhazletttheater.org