New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square E, Pittsburgh, PA
DATES AND TIMES:
Wednesday, March 29 at 7pm
Thursday, March 30 at 8pm
Friday, March 31 at 8pm
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO PERFORMANCE ON SATURDAY NIGHT
Sunday, April 2 2pm PAY-WHAT-YOU CAN Admission - AT THE DOOR ONLY (advance tickets at regular prices)
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2017 CORNINGWORKS: What's Missing?
An artists work is always being interpreted by those who view it. Interpreted and colored by a viewers own life experiences and personal expectations that they individually bring into the theater, tinting their perceptions of what is in front of them. Certainly not much different from what happens outside a theaters walls if we all witness the same event, at the exact same time, will our report of the moment be the same? What is the truth? Is there a truth? Whose truth is right? Whose is wrong? Whose perspective?
WHAT'S MISSING hones in on the multi-layered complications of perception. Staged in the round, each side of the audience will experience the work differently from those seated in another area. As the spoken text and commanding physical acuity of these two seasoned artists continue to revolve and evolve, each audience member will be challenged anew to interpret and reinterpret what theyre seeing and hearing, what they think they believe to be happening.
About the Company and Performers
THE GLUE FACTORY PROJECT are original full-evening length dancetheater productions created on internationally & nationally acclaimed performers over the age of 40.
ABOUT DONALD BYRD Mr. Byrd is known as much for his work on Broadway (THE COLOR PURPLE), as for his extensive catalogue of work made not only for his own award winning company Donald Byrd/The Group, but also for companies around the world, including his iconic work THE HARLEM NUTCRACKER. He has been commissioned by such companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Aterballetto, MaggioDanza diFirenze, and Oregon Ballet Theater, among others. Since 2003, he has been the Artistic Director for Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle, where his work continues to garner numerous awards and critical accolades. http://spectrumdance.org/about-2/donald-byrd/ .
ABOUT BETH CORNING (Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer) In addition to years of studio dance classes with Master modern and ballet teachers including among others, José Limón, Charles Weidman, Ethel Butler, Ernestine Stodelle, Jens Graff, Charles Mudry, and Christopher Flynn, Corning holds a BFA with Distinction from the University of Michigan’s Department of Dance and an MA in Dance from The Ohio State University.
From 1981 – 83 Corning toured a solo repertory concert in the US and Europe called second take. In 1981 she began corning dances & company in Stockholm, Sweden where she attracted major artists, including members of The Cullberg Company and in 1986 continued its success in the US, including 3 critically acclaimed seasons in New York City, and from 1993 – 2003, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Corning has created and produced over 60 works, including 16 full evening productions. Her work has been commissioned by national and international companies such as Utah Repertory Dance Theater, Pennsylvania Dance Theater, Eugene Ballet Company, Groundwork’s Dancetheater, and Nye Carte Blanche in Norway, among others. In 1994 she returned to Sweden to choreograph the feature-length film production of Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress.” Directed by the award-winning director Inger Åby, conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen, it won the Prix d’Italia in 1995 and aired stateside on PBS in 1996. In 2000, she created THE GLUE FACTORY PROJECT — an annual full evening production created on internationally and nationally renowned performers over the age of 40.
Her work has been recognized by international and national grants, including four Artist Fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, three McKnight Choreographer’s Fellowships, a NY Foundation for the Arts Choreographer’s Award, and an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship in Choreography by the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. She was twice invited to Robert Redford’s dance film/video lab at Sundance Institute. Her work has been the subject matter of two TV documentaries, for Swedish National TV and for Iowa Public TV.
She is recognized as a Master Teacher and has served on the faculty and as guest artist lecturer in major dance programs, conservatories, and universities here and abroad, including France, England and Scandinavia, and as guest company teacher for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, the Royal Norwegian Ballet Company and Utah Repertory Dance Theatre, among others.
In the fall of 2003 she was named the new Artistic/Executive Director of Pittsburgh’s premiere modern dance company Dance Alloy. During her six-year tenure she restored the company to its national status, changing the name to Dance Alloy Theater (DAT) to better reflect the genre of her programming and mission. She created numerous new initiatives that became DAT traditions, including the award-winning BEHIND THE CURTAIN SERIES, The CUPCAKE INTERMISSION, PAY WHAT YOU CAN ADMISSION, ALLOY ON ALLOY, and moderated student matinees. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cited Corning as one of their TOP 50 CREATIVE FORCES IN PITTSBURGH, noting“ she brought with her a certain edge that had been missing on the local dance scene…” In 2007 she was a New Hazlett Theatre honoree for “Women in the Arts: Founders, Pioneers, Instigators”. In total, she presented eleven critically acclaimed seasons which included works by thirteen nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers, resulting in eighteen world premiers, (ten of which were hers) eight Pittsburgh premiers, and one USA premier. Three of these performances were seminal signature works; Jóse Limón's THE MOORS PAVANE, Victoria Marks’ DANCING TO MUSIC and Susan Marshall's ARMS, at the time making DAT the only professional modern dance company in the world with the rights to these works. Financially she stabilized the company, eliminating a long running debt, tripling the income and running the company in the black for her last three years.
In the Fall of 2009 she launched CORNING WORKS, a vehicle for THE GLUE FACTORY PROJECTS and groundbreaking performances of collaborative dancetheater works created by Corning in conjunction with other creative performing artists.