Texture Contemporary Ballet’s Season-Ender a mix of Old and New


Texture's Kelsey Bartman and Alan Obuzor. Photo by Katie Ging.

Texture’s Kelsey Bartman and Alan Obuzor. Photo by Katie Ging.

By Steve Sucato

Texture Contemporary Ballet wraps up its fourth season with Unleashed Emotion. The program in three acts at the New Hazlett Theater features five ballets that run the gamut of emotions, including the premiere of Texture associate artistic director Kelsey Bartman’s “Old Skin.” The 25-minute “earthy” ballet for five dancers, set to music by Olafur Arnalds, Patrick Wolf and others, explores the idea of rebirth. Says Bartman: “It comes from my realization that nothing is ever over, and you can always somehow start again.”

Also premiering will be artistic director Alan Obuzor’s latest, “Eclipse.” The 35-minute multi-section ballet for seven dancers is about the ups and downs of life and is set to a suite of songs by the late American singer/guitarist Eva Cassidy.

Texture's Kelsey Bartman and Alan Obuzor in rehearsal. Photo courtesy of the company.

Texture’s Kelsey Bartman and Alan Obuzor in rehearsal. Photo courtesy of the company.

Also on the program are reprises of three repertory works choreographed by Bartman and Obuzor, including the pas de deuxs “Another Story” (2012), about the breakup of a romantic relationship told in reverse, and the bouncy “Hydroplaning Flower” (2012). Rounding out Unleashed Emotion is an expanded version of 2011’s funky and zany “Jabber Bubble.”

Texture Contemporary Ballet performs Unleashed Emotion, 8 p.m. Fri., March 20; 8 p.m. Sat., March 21; and 2 p.m., Sun., March 22. New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. $20-25. 888-718-4253 or www.newhazletttheater.org

This article first appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper  March 18, 2015. Copyright Steve Sucato.

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