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PITTSBURGH'S KELLY STRAYHORN THEATER ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS FOR 2013 DANCE RESIDENCY AND PERFORMANCE

by Pam Golden
November 9, 2012
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-363-3000
The Next Stage Residency, created by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater five years ago, is designed to support talented choreographers by giving them the opportunity to explore and develop new material and get feedback during a one-week creative residency that culminates with a showing at the end of that week.

Choreographers are invited to submit an application to participate in the 2013 Next Stage Residency program. Choreographers are required to participate in all residency activities which will be held between January 21 and 26, 2013 at The Alloy Studios in Pittsburgh, PA. - Application Deadline: November 30, 2012 at 5 pm ET. The announcement about the choreographer selected to participate in Next Stage Residency will be made the week of December 17, 2012. For application and more details visit: http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org/artist-resources/next-stage/

CREATIVE RESIDENCY (January 21, 2013 – January 26, 2013)

The Next Stage Residency includes five days of creative rehearsal time, the opportunity to get feedback and a work-in-progress showing on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at The Alloy Studios. The selected choreographer will receive: $1,000 stipend, rehearsal space, housing for visiting artists, and some meals.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

Janera Solomon, Executive Director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater said, "We value innovation and are committed to supporting new ideas and approaches to movement." Participants will be selected based on a demonstration of the above qualities and must possess a keen desire to develop their ideas through exchange with their peers and audiences." Choreographer(s) will be
selected by a panel of artists and KST Programming Staff.

Through the Next Stage Residency project, six works have been premiered. Participating choreographers have included: Lauri Stallings, Jamie Murphy and Renee Smith; Kyle Abraham, who developed the Bessie Award-winning "The Radio Show" and Sidra Bell who developed "REVUE." The KST moves series, is curated in a manner that facilitates conversation between the artist and audiences.

As a presenter, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater is committed to supporting the creation of risk-taking new works by producing the cutting edge KSTmoves series that features some of the most innovative choreographers and performers from across the US and around the globe. Choreographers/performers Luke Murphy who is based between Ireland & New York, Philadelphia-based and South African native Nora Chipaumire will premiere works at the Kelly Strayhorn during the 2012-13 season.

About the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

As the last of nine theaters from the 1950s heyday of East Liberty, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater uses the arts as a catalyst for continuing community revitalization. The theater, in its 12th season, continues to play a key role in the transformation of Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood. An intimate, professionally equipped, 349-seat multiple-use performance venue, the theater demonstrates its commitment to Pittsburgh artists and audiences. The KST is a favorite venue of emerging local artists, regional artists and arts organizations who take risks and present new work. Noted Pittsburghers Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, the namesakes, are among the 80 area artists honored on the theater's Gallery of Stars. The building, opened in 1914, is the former Regent Theatre, which served the East End as a movie house for eight decades.
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