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April 17, 2019

La Roche Dancers Collaborate with Martha Graham Studio and Bodiography in “Horizons”

PITTSBURGH, April 17, 2019 –  Five members of the La Roche University Dance Department will partner with Martha Graham Studio and Bodiography to present “Horizons” at the Byham Theater on April 26 and 27.

Graham 2 artists will perform works by Martha Graham, including “Conversation of Lovers from Acts of Light” (1981), “Satyric Festival Song” (1932), “Moon Duet from Canticle for Innocent Comedians” (1952), and “Serenata Morisca” (1916) by Ted Shawn. Additionally, artists will perform the world premiere of “InsideOUT (The Call of Passion)” by La Roche Performing Arts Department Chair and Bodiography Director Maria Caruso. Martha Graham dancer Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch also will treat audiences to a presentation of Ms. Caruso’s “Roots to Earth.”

Artists from Bodiography will take the stage to perform Graham’s “Steps in The Street,” restaged by Graham 2 Director Virginie Mecene. The performance also will include Ms. Caruso’s latest work, “Air,” which debuted in Berlin, Germany in March.

“Horizons” starts at 8 p.m. both evenings, and tickets are available at or by calling 412-456-6666.

“I am beyond proud of the collaboration between Bodiography and the Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company. I am most pleased to showcase Bodiography’s principal dancers who make up our esteemed faculty and guest artists in our department,” Ms. Caruso said. “Additionally, I am delighted that our five trainees, La Roche dance majors, have benefited from this partnership and exploration through their participation in the program.”

The five students accompanying Bodiography are:

  • Kyra Bracey
  • Irania Garcia
  • Josef Hartman
  • Derrik Izumi
  • Renee Simione

Modeled after the most elite collegiate dance programs in the country, La Roche’s performing arts program focuses on artistic and academic excellence. Under the instruction of Ms. Caruso, students become confident professionals and master numerous styles of dance. Ms. Caruso has maintained a 100-percent placement rate for her graduates.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has helped to transform a downtrodden section of downtown into a world-class cultural district that stands as a national model of urban revitalization through the arts. Touring Broadway, contemporary dance, family events, education and community engagement programs, and cutting-edge visual arts are among the variety of arts and entertainment the Trust presents and exhibits. Hundreds of artists, thousands of students and millions of people expand their horizons in its theaters, galleries and public art environments.

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.