Swan, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Kristine Paulus’ photostream

SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day) is an annual event now in its fifth year. This new international holiday honors women artists around the world. In Pittsburgh, the No Name Players Theatre Company has been holding SWAN Day events for the last four years. This year’s event will take place on March 15th and 16th at the New Hazlett Theater. It’s a multidisciplinary happening featuring world premiere works by more than 50 Pittsburgh-based artists including musicians, dancers, poets, theatre artists, visual artists, performance artists, and fashion designers.

Via the No Name Players:

What makes our event particularly unique is the fact that every performance and work of art will be inspired by interviews with women from all across Pennsylvania. No Name Players traveled across the state filming interviews with women of all ages and from all backgrounds. This footage was then given to our participating artists and those artists were asked to use that footage as inspiration to create new works. The entire event will consist of world premiere works inspired by the thoughts and voices of the women of Pennsylvania. There is no other event happening like this in the city of Pittsburgh!

Participating artists include Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, STAYCEE PEARL Dance Project, Continuum Dance Theater-resident company of Evolve Productions, Texture Contemporary Ballet, Betsy Lawrence, EMay, Eve Goodman, Deana Muro, Camelia Road, Toi Derricotte, Robin Walsh, Virginia Wall Gruenert, Carol Mullen, Melissa Hill Grande, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Holly Thuma, Marci Woodruff, Jennifer Schaupp, Nalini Prakash, Karen Baum, Adrienne Wehr, Linda Haston, Shahla Khanna, Nancy Mimless, Becky Thurner Braddock, Mundania Horvath, Alanna James, Bernadine Preetha Saint-Auguste, Anna Lee-Fields, Cynthia Stanchak, Patty Tran, Lauren Zurchin, iroNiece Designs by Kari Kramer, Steel Town Fire, and many more.

You can find out more about this event at the No Name Players website and purchase tickets here.

In recognition of this event, Councilman Bill Peduto sponsored a proclamation yesterday declaring  ‘the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby recognize the No Name Players and SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012 for promoting works of art by female artists across the Pittsburgh region; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby declare March 15, 2012 to be “SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012” in the City of Pittsburgh.’


When: Thursday, March 15th & Friday, March 16th, 2012, 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM)
Where: New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (map)
Cost: $20 – $30
(For mature audiences)