5 Performances, movement series

slowdanger, Jessica Marino, and Jasmine Hearn, Katie Ford, Sarah Stites, Becky Slemmons, Joan Wagman, Mita Ghosal, RMG/lightentry

10/1/2015 - 11/22/2015





October 23 – November 22, 2015 | Wood Street Galleries | 601 Wood Street


Pittsburgh, PA— The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces 5 Performances, as part of the new Wood Street Galleries Movement Series at Wood Street Galleries in the Cultural District, located at 601 Wood Street, on the third floor. The series will begin on October 23 with its first performance at 8 p.m. Subsequent performances will take place over the course of four weeks through November 22. 5 Performances in the Cultural District is presented and programmed by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

“We are thrilled to present a new generation of dancers and choreographers to the gallery stage and look forward to an exciting series over the coming four weeks,” remarked Murray Horne, curator of the Wood Street Galleries. 5 Performances features unique and unparalleled artistry from five different groups of up and coming local artists. Each eclectic performance will provide audience members with a sense of the new generation of dancers that are coming into focus. Not only will the artists provide fresh and innovative performances, but they also bring with them a wide scope of perspectives that will make for a stimulating visual art experience.

The following is a schedule of 5 Performances, which will take place at the Wood Street Galleries, 3rd Floor.


October 23 and 24 at 8 p.m.

memory 4: STATIC


slowdanger presents an evening of flashbulb memories; detailed and vivid snapshots of moments that are highly distinctive, personally significant, or repeatedly rehearsed. Within these episodes we see how memory is fragmented and comes in and out of focus, with static symbolizing the accumulated images we hold onto to dictate our present. From 8:00 – 8:30 p.m., audience members will enter into a sound and projection installation compiling past works and memories.


Tickets will be $10 at the door.



October 30 at 8 p.m.

October 31 at 3 p.m.


Jessica Marino and Jasmine Hearn 


An evening of solos performed and choreographed by artists Jessica Marino and Jasmine Hearn interrupted by memories and beginnings.


Tickets will be $10 for artists & students; $12 regular admission.


November 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. 


Katie Ford, Sarah Stites


Visual artist Katie Ford and experimental theater choreographer Sarah Stites come together to create “What Doesn’t Kill You,” an interactive dance installation that explores the intimacy and distance created by physical illness. Seated inside the 625-square-foot interactive installation, the audience will be both the examiners and the examined as the dancers confront the social, emotional, and spatial implications of what it means to be unwell.

Visit www.sarahestites.com for more information on the artist!

NOTE: Seating is extremely limited. Please arrive on time.

Tickets will be $15 at the door.


November 13 at 8 p.m.

November 14 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.


Becky Slemmons, Joan Wagman, Mita Ghosal

Mita Ghosal, Becky Slemmons and Joan Wagman present PAGES, two responses to a sound piece by Slemmons, a composition comprised of recordings from Berlin’s currently resurgent Jewish synagogues.


The first response contains Ghosal’s work, Still(ness) Weeping, which addresses the question, ‘How do we grieve for what has passed while still honoring how deeply we have loved?’ She explores the physical process of mourning from the sharp pain of personal loss to the rituals that connect and move us forward into remembrance, acceptance and celebration.


The second response features Wagman, who was inspired by Slemmons’ amplifications of pages turning during services, and asked her to collaborate on a visual and dance work. Beyond religion, this sound speaks of perseverance in the face of inhumanity. In RiseFallRiseFallRise, Wagman will choreograph a visceral journey for audiences, along with dancers, to connect to this universal phenomenon. Slemmons is the mastermind of design behind this unique performance as she has created the projections, hangings, costumes, and overall design.


Tickets will be $10 at the door; tickets are also available through Eventbrite, at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pages-tickets-18699331203


November 20 at 8 p.m.

November 21 at 8 p.m.

Falling For A Moment

A multidisciplinary dance piece about dissonance and wonder in the journey of becoming. ‘Falling For A Moment’ explores a twenty-year-old’s experience of “trying to be a person” post-college, through personal narratives in movement, language and imagery. What is connecting, being infatuated, being consumed, being empty, taking ownership of your sadness, remembering who you are? How can we be present with the mess? It is a delicate thing.

RMG/lightentry is the collaborative movement project of Pittsburgh-based creator and performer, Roberta M. Guido.

For a preview visit: https://vimeo.com/rmglightentry and www.facebook.com/RMGlightentry

Tickets will be $10 at the door.