New Hazlett Theater announces 2014-15 CSA Performance Series


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A new crop of local artists take the stage in the New Hazlett Theater 2014-2015 Community Supported Art Performance Series

Pittsburgh, PA— A brand new crop of local artists takes the New Halzett stage in the 2014-2015 Community Supported Art Performance Series. Now in its second year, this performing arts harvest is particularly bountiful with seven new performance groups taking part in a unique take on the traditional CSA.

“We based our series on the Community Supported Agriculture model,” says René Conrad, Executive Director of the New Hazlett Theater. “It’s a popular way for people to support local farmers and buy local, seasonal food. We turned that idea into a way for people to support local performance artists.”

Here’s how it works: for $100 per share in the program, patrons become shareholders in the New Hazlett CSA. In addition to six fresh performances from seven performance groups (the last show of the season is a double feature), shareholders also gain access to exclusive events and opportunities to interact directly with the artists they’re sponsoring.

“Traditional CSA shareholders don’t know exactly what produce they’ll receive,” Conrad says. “But they’re certain it will be fresh and high-quality. The same holds true for our series.”

After a lengthy selection process, the New Hazlett Theater CSA review panel has hand-picked seven (up from last year’s six) fresh local musicians, dancers, and performance artists. The 2014- 2015 season lineup includes:

Innovative Piano Music with Federico Garcia-De Castro
Untamed Myths with Moriah Ella Mason
Spatial Investigations with Jennifer Myers
Contemporary Circus/Dance with Jil Stifel and Ben Sota
Folkloric Performance with Anya Martin and the Hiawatha Project Dance Double Feature with Teena Marie Custer and Roberta Guido

CSA Performances

Federico Garcia-De Castro, August 14, 2014 at 8pm
Rethink everything you know about pianos. Federico Garcia-De Castro redefines preconceptions with

two outstanding compositions: Livre Pour Deux Pianos (Book for Two Pianos) and the world premiere of Renderings, an all-new work specially commissioned for the CSA.

Moriah Ella Mason, October 11, 2014 at 8pm

Moriah Ella Mason’s Contained walks the line between wild and domestic. Inspired by the strange assortment of creatures found in natural history museums, dancers evolve from insects to animals, from humans to monsters, myths, and beyond.

Jennifer Myers, December 12, 2014 at 8pm

Jil Stifel and Ben Sota, February 12, 2015 at 8pm

When contemporary circus meets dance, anything is possible. Dropped into this sweeping landscape, performers ignite the world around them. Surprise and wonder merge together, forming an unbelievable kind of beauty.

Anya Martin, April 2, 2015 at 8pm

Anya Martin, along with the Hiawatha Project and a team of performing artists, disassembles the legendary hero of the American railroad, John Henry. JH: Mechanics of a Legend looks deep into our cultural past for the human behind the folklore.

CSA Double Feature
Teena Marie Custer and Roberta Gudio, June 11, 2015 at 8pm

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Teena Marie Custer examines how we create personas across social networks with a solo hip-hop dance performance. Roberta Guido uses dance to explore the powerful effects of touch on human emotion.

The CSA Performance Series is supported in part by The Benter Foundation, Hillman Foundation, and The McKinney Charitable Foundation.
The New Hazlett Theater is a non-profit performing arts center with a mission to cultivate the arts and provide a venue for world-class cultural events. Founded in 2004 with the support of the local arts community, the New Hazlett Theater provides the Pittsburgh community with access to a variety of performance arts disciplines.


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