The Year of Creativity is in full swing with activities, performances and academic pursuits. Here’s some of what’s coming up in the next two weeks:
Some Assembly Reprocessed, a collaboration between Pittsburgh-based dance company Attack Theatre and French choreographer and researcher Sarah Fdili Alaoui
5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 20-21, University Art Gallery
Alaoui will explore a mobile application that she developed to document and archive dance. She will work with Attack Theatre on a method called VINTAGE that “recycles” the archives made through the application as creative choreographic material. Attack Theatre lends local expertise to the project by creating new work through their process/performance Some Assembly Required. Open rehearsals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19-21 will share the newly generated movement material to initiate conversations with gallery visitors, which will influence the performances on Feb. 20 and 21. Attack Theatre also will curate an exhibit for the gallery of historical scores documenting more than 20 years of the Some Assembly Required process as well as scores coming from Alaoui’s repertoire of choreographic material.
Create Your Own Superhero
3-4:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Center for Creativity
Brainstorm superhero names and powers, design an original costume, and create a backstory at this workshop. No experience necessary, just your imagination. Facilitated by Caroline Kulczycky, a math major/studio arts minor with a passion for graphic design, soccer, and math proofs. She is the creator of the Feminist Math Zine. Pre-registration required: register here.
Beyond Microtonal Music Festival
Feb. 28-March 1, various locations
The third Beyond Microtonal Music Festival. Microtonal music, which uses altered pitch and tuning systems, has long been considered a fringe field. Pitt is becoming known as a center for microtonal music as a result of this festival and the newly created Pitt Microtonal Archive. The 2020 festival will include works by Pitt faculty, students and the growing community of Pittsburgh microtonal composers and will feature the San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, the Finnish MikroEnsemble, the Los Angeles based Brightwork Ensemble and Ray-Kallay Duo, guitarists Mak Grjic, Dan Lippel, John Schneider, celebrated Shanghai composer Wen Deqing, and several Pittsburgh new music ensembles. The festival includes four concerts and two symposiums on recent scholarship on microtonal music. Find the full schedule here.
“Appropriate” by Pitt Stages
Feb. 20-March 1, Richard E. Rauh Studio Theatre, Cathedral of Learning
Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. Get tickets at through the Department of Theatre Arts website or call 412-624-7529.