Texture Contemporary Ballet’s Kelsey Bartman Choreographs Work for SWAN Day 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh’s newest dance company, Texture Contemporary Ballet, is proud to announce that their Associate Artistic Director, Kelsey Bartman has choreographed a new piece titled “Keep Going”. Performers include:  Alan Obuzor, Kelsey Bartman, Sarah Obuzor, Rian Maxwell, Michelle Ramos, Allie Tiso and Shanna Gayer.

 SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012

SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012 is part of an international holiday called SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day, which was founded in 2008 to honor women artists around the world. By focusing attention on the work of women artists, SWAN Day helps people imagine what the world might be like if women’s art and perspectives were fully integrated into all of our lives. SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012 is  produced by No Name Players, and this is the fourth such event that they have produced in Pittsburgh.  Every performance and work of art will be a world premier inspired by interviews with women from all across Pennsylvania. No Name Players traveled throughout Pennsylvania filming interviews with women of all ages and from all backgrounds. This footage was then given to the participating artists and they in turn used that footage as inspiration to create new works. More information about international SWAN Day events are available at the Women Arts website.

On both nights, No Name Players will be giving away items generously donated by ModCloth.com, the online clothing,

accessories, and decor retailer. We’ll also host an Opening Night pre-show reception featuring hors d’oeuvres graciously provided by Whole Foods, Nine on Nine, and Taste of Dahntahn. The reception, to be held on March 15th, will also feature a screening of the SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012 interview footage.

Performances will be held at The New Hazlett Theater on March 15th and March 16th.  Tickets range in price from $20-$30 and are available at ShowClix.

Additional performers include: Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, STAYCEE PEARL Dance Project, Continuum Dance Theater (resident company of Evolve Productions), Betsy Lawrence, EMay, Eve Goodman, Deana Muro, Camelia Road, Toi Derricotte, Robin Walsh, Virginia Wall Gruenert, Carol Mullen, Melissa Hill Grande, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Holly Thuma, Marci Woodruff, Jennifer Schaupp, Nalini Prakash, Em Harpp-Meulbroek, Alyssa Herzog-Melby, Christina Farrell, Rebecca Covert, Becky Thurner Braddock, Mundania Horvath, Alanna James, Bernadine Preetha Saint-Auguste, Anna Lee-Fields, Cynthia Stanchak, Patty Tran, Lauren Zurchin, iroNiece Designs by Kari Kramer, and more.

About Texture Contemporary Ballet

Texture Contemporary Ballet is comprised of classically trained professional ballet dancers who have danced and trained at some of the top ballet companies and schools in America. Dancers are brought together on a project basis to create and present predominantly contemporary and neo-classical work.

Texture strives to inspire dancers, teachers, directors, choreographers, audience members and artists of every kind, by presenting ballet in an innovative way. We believe it is important to break through preconceived notions that people may hold while witnessing ballet for the first time. Yet simultaneously, Texture fulfills the expectations of frequent theatergoers and those who are deeply submerged in the dance world. Therefore, Texture is both unique and inviting, while still upholding standards of technique and presentation.

For further information about Texture Contemporary Ballet, textureballet.org


By: Erin L Heintzinger

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