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Festival highlights contemporary dance

Rachel Neville
Shana Simmons will present “Dancing Solo”

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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 7:14 p.m.

Exploration for performers and audiences alike is in store at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater's newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival, which will present a dozen new works or works-in-progress on Oct. 4 and 5.

Founded five years ago, the festival is part of the theater's nurturing attitude toward emerging choreographers and dancers. Kyle Abraham, who won a 2013 MacArthur Fundation genius award, had residencies and many performances at the Kelly Strayhorn earlier in his career.

Oct. 4 performances will include Shana Simmons' “Dancing Solo” set to music by Libby Larsen, which seeks to interpret through a solo clarinet what a dancer does on stage.

Oct. 5 performances will include Anthony Williams' “Back to Black,” which expresses and reflects on personal experiences of identity, color and the human condition.

The dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Admission is $20, $25 for 15206 residents, $10 for students.

Details: 412-363-3000 or

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