Laws of Attraction

Fri 4/15 - Sat 4/16 8:00PM
Wed 4/20 - Sat 4/23 8:00PM
Wed 4/27 - Sat 4/30 8:00PM
300 Gist St., Uptown

In a dystopian dance of complicated relationships, some laws are meant to be broken.

Laws of Attraction will use modern dance to explore the complexities of human relationships through the physics of the world around us and the weak force that binds us. Throughout the creative process, the artistic team has been exploring physical metaphors for common phrases used when describing relationships.  

Nothing can pull us apart.

Why does everything have to revolve around you?

You are smothering me.

I’m tired of these ups and downs.

These phrases became the inspiration for vignettes that bind together intricate and athletic dances inspired by polarity, proximity, measurements of time, and even particle physics.

“Everything we do as dancers is in some way grounded in physical science,” said Peter Kope, co-founder and artistic director. “Dance itself is the process of gracefully falling and constantly fighting the laws of gravity, and using these laws to develop intriguing an compelling partnering and movement phrases.”  

Laws of Attraction will feature company dancers Kaitlin Dann, Nile Alicia Ruff, Dane Toney, Anthony Williams and Ashley Williams, with live music accompaniment by frequent collaborator Ian Green. 

Parking: There is one parking lot available on Tustin Street between Gist and Miltenberger Streets (as directed by Attack Theatre signs). If there are no spots available, please park along Forbes Avenue. Click here for a map of the parking lot.

Accessibility: This performance venue is ADA accessible. If you have any questions, or need additional accomodations, please call our office: (412) 281-3305



 Kaitlin Dann, Company Dancer

Having moved to Pittsburgh to pursue and receive a degree in Modern Dance at Point Park University, this New England native is proud to call Pittsburgh her home. Kaitlin has performed with such local companies as the Pillow Project, Knot Dance, No Name Players during their annual SWAN Day and Bricolage during their run of STRATA. She spent two seasons with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet where she both choreographed and danced. Kaitlin has had to opportunity to present choreography at the Grey Box, the New Hazlett, and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. In her spare time she choreographs for musicals at Act One Theatre School in the North Hills and teaches fitness classes at Club One Pittsburgh. Kaitlin began working with Attack Theatre in 2011.

 Nile Alicia Ruff, Company Dancer

Nile Alicia Ruff grew up in Washington DC. She studied West African dance, ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, Graham, Dunham and Horton. She attended the Duke Ellington High-School of the Arts and upon graduation went on to attend Point Park University. At Point Park she performed works by Robert Battle, Martha Graham,  Christopher Huggins, Jose' Limon, Kyle Abraham, and many others. She graduated with her BFA in 2014. Nile attended The Ailey School on scholarship and did intensives at Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Washington Ballet, and Deeply Rooted dance Theatre. This is her first season with Attack Theatre and she is truly grateful for the opportunity.

 Dane Toney, Company Dancer

Originally from West Virginia, Dane graduated with a BFA in dance from Point Park University. While in school, he had the opportunity of working with numerous faculty members and guest artists including Dawn Stoppiello of Troika Ranch and Doug Varone of Doug Varone and Dancers. Before college, he trained intensively with Toneta Akers-Toler, founder and artistic director of the West Virginia Dance Company (WVDC). Dane has also spent 14 summers with Theatre West Virginia's Outdoor Drama Company and has performed as a guest artist with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and the WVDC. Dane began dancing with Attack Theatre in 2008.

 Anthony Williams, Company Dancer

Anthony Williams, a Chicago native, is a Pittsburgh-based dancer, choreographer, and educator. Anthony has a strong investment in his community, and his work is a reflection of who he is as a community member, artist, and an advocate for social justice. His ongoing commitment lies in the empowerment of the oppressed and facilitating the discovery of self through art making and process. As a full time dancer with Attack Theater (Pgh) he is excited by the possibilities of movement as a tool to unlock play, power, and potential. Anthony has performed with Congo Square Theater Company (Chicago), Staycee Pearl dance project (Pgh), Texture Contemporary Ballet (Pgh) August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (Pgh), and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (Chicago). As a choreographer, he has created original works for Carnegie Mellon University’s Infra Dance Company, Reed Dance, Hope Academy, and Dreams of Hope. In 2015 and 2013, Anthony premiered work at Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival. In 2014, he was selected as a Kelly Strayhorn Theater Fresh Works Residency artist for the development of Loving Black, which was supported by The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Foundation, and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. He frequently collaborates with vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield and in 2014 his choreography was featured in her performance “On The Edge of Night” alongside musician Daniel Bernard Roumain and poet Yona Harvey.

 Ashley Williams, Company Dancer

Ashley relocated to Pittsburgh to start a new life with her best friend and husband, Joe in 2006. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Ashley spent 6 seasons dancing and touring with Prometheus Dance, a modern dance-theater company in Boston. Originally from Colorado, Ashley's training includes 13 summers at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School, a BA in Dance (CU-Boulder), and graduate studies at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie in Holland. Along the way, Ashley also went to school for a "serious career" earning a BS in Aerospace Engineering (CU-Boulder) and an MS in Electrical Engineering (MIT), and to her parents' chagrin, she has been dancing happily ever since . . . however, she does still spend her free time investigating the biochemical properties of cartilage using magnetic resonance imaging. Ashley is honored to be performing and creating art with Peter and Michele and is thrilled by the opportunity to work with Attack Theatre's amazing dancers and collaborators. Ashley began dancing with Attack Theatre in 2007.


 Ian Green, Music Composition and Performance

Ian Green is a musician, visual artist, massage therapist and native to Pittsburgh. Ian has written and performed music for Texture Contemporary Ballet, Murphy/Smith Dance Collective, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and this is his fourth collaboration with Attack Theatre. He regularly accompanies modern dance classes with Attack Theatre. 

Ian received his Master’s Degree in Painting from Indiana University in Bloomington. He has created murals for the Carnegie Library of Homestead, as well as various outdoor public artworks and private commissions.


Science Advisory Panel (SAP)

Over the last few months, these smart people have been contributing lively discussion and fascinating concepts to the creative process:
Jamey Murray Coleman
Venneasha Davis
Lina Pulgarin Duque
Mark Flaherty
Dr. Douglas Himberger
Heather Knight
Dr. Robert Kormos
Stephan Piotrowski
Dr. Joe Samosky 
Concept and Choreography
Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza
Movement Invention
The Company
Additional Recorded music
Forgotten Stairway - Kevin Keller And Clarice Jensen Music Mirror
Gettysburg  - Ratatat Classics 
The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus - JS Bach (Emerson String Quartet) 
La follia - Antonio Vivaldi (Bezdin Ensemble Vivaldi Fata Tiganca)
Bhudda Bar - Bhudda Bar 5 Drinks
Me and the Devil Blues - Robert Johnson 
Pretty Thoughts (FKJ Remix) Alina Baraz & Galimatias
I Follow Rivers - Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes
Santa Lucia - Italia Mi Amore- (Italian Music Orchestra) 
Amado Mio - Pink Martini Sympathetique
Beautiful Decay - Kevin Keller
Sohno Pra Voce - Dina Fanai
Suspicious Package - Dave Eggar
Theme From "Joy House" - Jimmy Smith The Cat
St. Louis Blues - Jimmy Smith The Cat
Set construction
Renovation Evolution
Costume design
Yu Su
Lighting design
Mike Papinchak
Sound design
Screen writer voice
Patrick Jordan
Production Stage Manager
Lindsey Kaine
Steel cello design/construction
James Simon
Steel set design and construction
Red Star Ironworks
Seesaw design and construction
Mike Rizk
Special Thanks
Chad Elish
Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum
Patrick Jordan
Brooke McClendon
Jeanne and Dale McNutt
Lee Morris
Pittsburgh Opera
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Quantum Theatre
Joe Samosky
James Simon
Uptown Partners
Stacy Weiss
Winchester Thurston School 

This performance made possible in part by

John Fleenor and Helen Perilloux