"The show may be dirty with a capital D, but it's a dark and surprisingly humorous journey into the seedy underbelly of this special brand of American entertainment." - Michael Buzzelli for Burgh Vivant July 28, 2017
A dancer, choreographer and former stripper explores sex work in new dance piece “It really changed who I am as a performer and my comfort with the stage.” - Steve Sucato for City Paper July 19, 2017
From the opening view of the many dioramas on the back wall of the theater to the absolutely terrific collaboration with the musician Eric Weidenhof, and the gutsy dancing of the performers, there was much to be “contained”. - Contained: A Review by Susan Gillis for The New Hazlett Theater October 24, 2014
Review by Jane Vranish on Cross Currents July 21, 2013
A FRICK PARK WALK. Ella Mason has joined the Pittsburgh dance community, forming Yes Brain Dance Theater, and is in the midst of a series of site-specific works. This one, the second in the series, Of Snails and Lips and Walking Sticks, took place in Frick Park, opposite the museum and heading down the trail to the bottom and out again. With a morphing group of dancers (the thoughtful Jasmine Hearn, Beth Ratas, Taylor Knight, Anna Thompson and more) and musicians (percussionists Dave Bernabo and Ketan Bakrania nuanced and effective, with cellist Gordon Kirkwood soulful) at hand, Ella lead the walk herself, gradually unraveling a knit skirt like Hansel and Gretel’s crumbs. Over 25 people and several companion dogs followed her as we had about 10 “encounters,” including a trio improvising on a fallen tree, a conversation/hand dance that descended down the hill, a scene around a giant pile of sticks, a treehugger and cello and a group of creatures that didn’t seem to be snails in this particular environment. Watz the German shepherd playfully nipped at Ella’s skirt to everyone’s delight. Then we all exited up through Tranquil Trail, punctuated by human statues, and gathered around Ella and Gordon and Watz for closure. It was a cool walk on a hot day.