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UPCOMING PROJECTS

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SEPTEMBER

6 & 7, 2024

8pm

at THE AUGUST WILSON AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER

(Downtown Pittsburgh)

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANITA BUZZY PRENTISS

A FANTASIA OF MUSIC... DREAMING OF DANCE

 

The Pillow Project dance company celebrates their 20th anniversary with the original feature-length performance of THE LONG DREAM, a work in three acts created and choreographed by Jaka Pearl Porter (Founding Artistic Director of The Pillow Project and The Space Upstairs). 

 

This performance spans Porter’s philosophical development from their very first piece in 1997, to the present, bringing the sweeping symphonic music of Brahms, Sibelius and Berlioz to life in a fantasia of dynamic movement on sixteen dancers. Two intricately choreographed works will bookend the live on-stage narration of The Pillow Project’s Artistic Director candidly sharing the poetic story in their own words (with live musical accompaniment by long-time collaborator PJ Roduta) of the wild dream that has made all of this possible. 

 

THE LONG DREAM references the evolution over time of the improvisational dance company and its contribution to the movement-arts community. At this milestone, the company commemorates their origin, honors their growth, and celebrates their impact on the hundreds of dancers that have performed and contributed with the company over the decades. 

 

Porter adds, “My career has been the real-life extended dream of the child who danced in the living room to music videos on the TV, imagining myself bringing that music to life, through to actually doing that for a living. This is what I see when I hear the music, as I realize I’m not just a choreographer, but a conductor as well. All of this was a dream… I just took it off the pillow and turned it into a project.”

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