Premiering works never before seen in the U.S. when the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the Pittsburgh International of Firsts, Sept 27-Oct 26. For four dizzying weeks in the fall, Pittsburgh sets the stage for international companies and artists. The Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts offers an eclectic mix of theater, dance, music and visual arts handpicked from around the world. The works will capture your imagination and leave you seeing the world in a new way. The real and the surreal merge…get ready!
Marie Chouinard creates dance conceived from primeval dreams -- earthy and strong, yet shaped by irrepressible secrets and unseen dimensions in time. The performance includes the U.S. premiere of GYMNOPÉDIES, set to glorious solo piano works by Erik Satie.
New Hazlett Theater
A woman nearing the end of her life recounts her greatest loves in this sweeping romantic work. Hands visually portray characters, moving around a set of miniatures with absolute precision.
Oct 9, 10, 12
937 Liberty Avenue
The Pigeoning is a full length live performance that uses bunraku puppetry, video and original music to explore the ideas of obsessive compulsion, safety and order in the context of the end of the world.
Oct 9, 10, 12
Peirce Studio (805-807 Liberty Avenue)
Inspired by experiences and research into Alzheimer's and Sundowner's Syndrome, Tim Watts', Arielle Gray's and Chris Isaac's newest play is a heartfelt, fearless and inventive adventure about aging, getting lost and trying not to be found.
In this trailblazing work directed by the inventive Swiss duo Zimmermann & de Perrot, seven performers inhabit a topsy-turvy world where, at any moment, the ceiling can become a floor, a floor can become a wall, and a door can become a chasm
Baum Building (818 Liberty Avenue), Fifth Floor
What does it mean to say we are at war? What is the mass media's role and function in response to war, and what is ours? Can we, as "non-combatants", change the course of war? This visceral and thought-provoking theatrical work seeks a path between the citizen-as-spectator and the citizen-as-participant.
Cabaret at Theater Square
Sex, wine and rock and roll. The God that Comes is Hawksley Workman's intoxicating one-man cabaret, pop and glam rock hybrid that recreates the story of Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of wine, using Euripides’ The Bacchae as a primary source.
Sept 27-Dec 31
Wood Street Galleries
A 3D-animated audiovisual installation where gallery visitors confront a swirling mass of amorphous figures, appearing as a genderless collective of matter as opposed to individual beings.
Sept 27-Oct 20
An unprecedented visual, acoustic and physical experience, Model 5 projects multiple portraits of Japanese performance artist Akemi Takeya.
The German word for "pole," POL is a live, improvised panoramic performance that relies on high intensity light, video and audio projection, subjecting audiences to an astounding flow of stimuli to create a perceptional situation of disorientation and recollection.