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pearlPRESENTS Dance Festival

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pearlPRESENTS Dance Festival made its debut June 3-9, 2019 at the New Hazlett Theater (Pittsburgh, PA). Featuring a dynamic line-up of national and Pittsburgh-based dance artists, pearlPRESENTS delivered 7 days of dance performances and masterclasses. Stay tuned for more information on our next festival!

Performances by:

STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos (SPdp&SS)
Sidra Bell Dance New York (SBDNY)
Jasmine Hearn
Maree ReMalia
Island Moving Company
Joy-Marie Thompson
and more!



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Wed. June 5 @ 7:00 PM
3600 seconds of solos
A community program which brings together 12 pittsburgh-based artists performing a wide variety of 5-minute solo works.
Featuring works by : Aaron Christopher, Jennifer Marino, Adie San Diego, Sara Caplan, Jil Stifel, Kaitlin Kulasa, Molly Huey, Chelsey Shaner, Lea Fosbenner, Jesse Factor, Shana Simmons, Kaylin Horgan

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Thurs. June 6 @ 7:00 PM
This program features three vibrantly different companies SPdp & SS, Island Moving Company (IMC), and chitra.MOVES. IMC and SPdp&SS will also perform sol. FRESH, a keystone work of the festival. This work was choreographed by Pearl and commissioned by IMC as part of their Great Friends Touring Project residency exchange.

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Fri. June 7 @ 12pm | Dollar Bank Main Stage, Three Rivers Arts Festival
This FREE lunchtime dance concert will have the audience energized and captivated by three vibrantly different companies; STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos, chitra.MOVES, Island Moving Company.

The "noontime/GROOVE" TRAF performance is presented by the Three Rivers Arts Festival and an extension of the pearlPRESENTS Dance Festival.

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Fri. June 7 @ 7:00 PM
On Point
A stunning evening of physicality and inquisition with works by STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos, Cooper Verona, Julia Erickson, and Island Moving Company.

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Sat. June 8 @ 7:00 PM
DUO + pearlGALA
A shared program of works by SPdp&SS and SBDNY, marking the birth of a touring partnership between the two companies (next stop planned for late 2019 in NYC).

pearlGALA @ 8:15pm
Immediately following DUO,
the evening is capped by an extravagant, soul-themed fundraising gala benefiting the future of PearlArts Studios with many surprises in store.

Can’t stay for the pearlGALA? Not a problem. Tickets are available for the performance only.


Sun. June 9 @ 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Artist Brunch gathering at the Federal Galley
Fostering mental health awareness in the dance field
Conversation Facilitator : Kathleen McGuire Gaines
Join Kathleen McGuire Gaines, founder of Minding The Gap for an informal conversation about the unique mental health needs and stresses of dance. While dancers do an excellent job of keeping our bodies in peak condition, our efforts are often to the detriment of our emotional well-being. How do you remain resilient in a culture that celebrates a 'leave it at the door' mentality? Come prepared to participate as little or as much as you would like. All you need to bring is an open heart. Learn more about Kathleen and this movement by visiting

This brunch gathering will take place right around the corner from the New Hazlett Theater at Federal Galley (one of Pittsburgh’s favorite food halls). Afterwards, stroll over to the theater for the closing festival performance (PDMR Alumni Concert) at 3pm.

*PLEASE NOTE* Individual food and beverage costs of this event not included in pearlPRESENTS Dance Festival pass or tickets.


Sun. June 9 @ 3:00 PM
PDMR Alumni Concert

This matinee concert highlights works from PearlDiving Movement Residency alumni (Joy-Marie Thompson, Maree ReMalia, Jasmine Hearn, slowdanger), a program founded by Staycee Pearl and BAAD! Deputy Director Joseph Hall that gives national and Pittsburgh-based artists resources to create interdisciplinary dance work.



Mon. June 3 @ 9am - 10:30am
*upstairs studio, New Hazlett Theater
sol. session w/ Staycee Pearl

Tues. June 4 @ 9am - 10:30am
Ballet w/ Andrew Blight

Wed. June 5 @ 9am - 10:30am
Dear Everyone, Lets Move w/ Maree ReMalia

Wed. June 5 @ 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Contact Improvisation Class & Jam w/Tricia Chirumbole, Ryan Pusch, & Laura Stokes

Thurs. June 6 @ 9am - 10:30am
Ballet w/ Island Moving Company

Fri. June 7 @ 9am - 10:30am
Bollywood Fusion w/ chitra.MOVES

Sat. June 8 @ 10am - 1pm
*upstairs studio, New Hazlett Theater

MODULE w/ Sidra Bell Dance New York