The beauty of the human body in motion is best expressed through dance, just as the beauty of a banana cream pie is best expressed across a sad clown's face. Witness the aesthetic potential of locomotion with this GrouponLive deal to see the Black Dance Festival at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. For $13, you get one ticket for balcony seating (a $25 value). Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Choose from the following shows:
- Friday, November 2, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, November 3, at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m.
- Sunday, November 4, at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.
The second annual Black Dance Festival unites preeminent African-American dance troupes for mesmerizing performances of rhythmic motion. Following a successful inaugural festival that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette praised as "amazing," the Center redoubles its efforts, featuring such eminent groups as Philadanco!, who in their 40-year history have trained generations of dancers to bridge cultural divides and ruin the vibe at nightclubs with avant-garde interpretations of electronic dance music. Up-and-coming New York choreographer Camille A. Brown and her company thrill audiences with tightly conceived, theatrical vignettes that explode with kinetic physicality. The festival also turns the spotlight on the resident August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, noted by Dance Magazine in its 2012 25 to Watch list for their "quicksilver agility, fierce athleticism . . . and innate theatricality."
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Though having only recently celebrated its second birthday, the August Wilson Center commands a striking architectural confidence. Its two-story steel-and-glass sail juts into the night sky with the bravado of a toddler who just lassoed his first neighborhood cat. Within the steal and glass, a 486-seat theater hosts plays, dance performances, and lectures while multiple exhibition galleries display art and cultural treasures for the community. The center draws on the legacy and culture of African Americans from Western Pennsylvania, infusing each curation with a celebration of rich history.