Under the artistic direction of Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, Attack Theatre has been making personal, accessible and collaborative dance-based performances with "ninja-like intensity" (Pittsburgh Tribune Review) for 20 years. They combine modern dance, original live music, multimedia and interdisciplinary art forms to present work in traditional and nontraditional spaces both nationally and internationally. They have collaborated with major regional theaters (Quantum Theatre), NYC Broadway productions (Squonk), museums (Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Frick Art Museum, Mattress Factory), symphonies (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), operas (Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Spoleto USA) and international dance companies (Japan's Nibroll Collective, Belgium's Compagnie Matteo Moles), thereby presenting nearly 100 original works in theatrical and site specific settings. While maintaining a loyal audience in Pittsburgh, they have toured nationally in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina, D.C., Texas, Washington, New York and Massachusetts; and internationally, throughout France, Monaco, Germany, Switzerland, Indonesia, Turkey and Japan.
"It's not often that a company can be so generous with, even eager to please its audiences, but still be daring enough to lead them on a journey that breaks new artistic boundaries."
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Awards in recent years:
• “Best Dance Company” Pittsburgh City Paper Readers Poll (’08 -‘11) and "Best Dance Company (2nd Place)" Pittsburgh City Paper Readers Poll (’12 -‘13)
• “Best of 2013: Dance” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for The Chalk Line ('13)
• “Top Ten Contemporary Dance Performances of 2013” Pittsburgh Dance Examiner for The Chalk Line (’13)
• “Seven Most Transportive Dance Programs” Pittsburgh City Paper for Soap Opera ('13)
• “10 Best Parties of 2013” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for The Dirty Ball ('13)
• “Best Local Fundraiser (Second Place)” Pittsburgh City Paper Readers Poll for The Dirty Ball ('12 - ’13)
• “Top Ten Dance Performances” Pittsburgh City Paper for Site/Re-Site (‘10), Incident[s] in The Strip (‘09), Passion Reflected (‘09); Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for Maria de Buenos Aires (‘11), Show #58 (‘11), and Site/Re-Site (‘10), Passion Reflected (‘09), Incident[s] in The Strip (‘09), Insert [Clever and Though-Provoking] Title Here (‘08); and Pittsburgh Tribune Review's for Site/Re-Site (‘10), Passion Reflected (‘09)
• "Top Ten Classical Concerts" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for Euridice and Orpheus (‘11), Maria de Buenos Aires (‘11), Turandot (‘10)
• "Top Ten Theater Performances" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for Maria de Buenos Aires (‘11) and Pittsburgh Tribune Review for Euridce and Orpheus (‘11)
Attack Theatre has been selected as:
• Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch for 2007”
• Hardie Arts Educator of the Year (2007)
• National Dance Project Touring Award – New England Foundation for the Arts (2006/2007 Season)
• “Top 50 Cultural Leaders of Pittsburgh” by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (2002-2006)
• “PA Silver/Gold Governor’s Award finalist for innovative programming for Seniors” (2004)
• Multi-year recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Choreography fellowship award
• Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award (2000)
Attack Theatre also conducts residencies in contemporary dance, creative movement and aesthetic education in universities, primary and secondary schools, arts festivals and community centers. The company's outreach programs focus on demystifying the artistic process and building community. Attack Theatre also operates a rehearsal and performance studio that serves small arts groups and the neighboring community as, "an important training ground for the next generation" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
Attack Theatre's multifarious repertoire includes dance/rock operas, lighthearted duets and compelling large group works.