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Alan Obuzor – Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch

January 13, 2013

We know their talent. Now the nationwide dance community is taking notice. Dance Magazine deemed Alan Obuzor, Texture Contemporary Ballet’s artistic director and resident choreographer, “25 to Watch” in 2013.  Karen Dacko, a writer for the magazine, wrote, “No visions of sugar plums for dancer/choreographer Alan Obuzor, whose prolific imagination draws on African rhythms, contemporary songs, and original scores. The vibrant mover with impeccable partnering skills applies his technical savvy to emotionally layered choreography while savoring the freedom of experimentation.”

She highlighted his work with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Canton Ballet and his 39-work repertoire. Dacko said, “injuries induced the former PBT member to launch Texture Contemporary Ballet in 2011 as an outlet for himself and other artists craving a push-and-be-pushed creative environment. His achingly poignant Wisp, foreboding Taken, and irresistible Emwaby Mee shine, while the billowy Glimpse exemplifies his facility for crafting fluid ensemble works.”

See Texture April 4 and 5 at the New Hazlett Theater.