Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Celebrates 15 Years
By Rachel Jones | Photograph from Eric Rosé
Gracing us with profound performances put on by some of the most talented dancers in the city, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet brings more to the stage than just beautiful entertainment. Each show serves a deeper purpose, teaching life lessons and introducing audience members to previously unexplored areas of health awareness and social action. Under the guidance of founding director Maria Caruso, Bodiography has added to Pittsburgh’s flourishing cultural scene for the last 15 years and broadened its scope to national and international stages. Bodiography is the first contemporary ballet company to open for the Charlotte Dance Festival during its 10th anniversary season in March 2016 and has been named locally as the resident ballet company of Butler Community College’s Succop Theater. Caruso herself has garnered attention from dance companies across the world as well, being commissioned to choreograph original works for everyone from Northwest School for the Arts to Milwaukee’s internationally touring Warped Dance Company.
Still, Caruso and the company maintain strong roots in the Pittsburgh area, growing to produce more than 80 shows in its 15 years. To commemorate the company’s milestone anniversary, Bodiography is hosting The Red Carpet Roll Out on January 21. Held at the Byham Theater, the celebration starts with four separate works. Life Tides, which explores the idea of life beginning in water, and Parabola, a contemporary ballet en pointe that incorporates intricate spatial patterns, were originally commissioned elsewhere this past year but will be making their Pittsburgh debuts that evening. Also in the lineup is Solace, Caruso’s barefoot, classical modern work from 2005 that highlights the importance of friends and caring people in our lives. The performance will be reinvigorated with the live accompaniment of the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra. Finally, Pathways, a new, original performance by Caruso, allows the company artists to share their personal journeys through dance.
“I am beyond thrilled about Bodiography’s 15th anniversary season and celebration, as it marks another major milestone for the company and acknowledges our company as a leading arts organization in the cultural landscape of Pittsburgh and beyond,” Caruso says. “Celebrating 15 years is a testament to the belief in a growing vision for a sustainable arts organization and to the passion and perseverance of my artists, leaders, collaborators, supporters, and patrons. It is truly a moment to be grateful.”