Attack Theatre joins forces with internationally acclaimed choreographers, Helen Simoneau and Norbert De La Cruz III, for an unprecedented performance of new and renewed dance works.
After a year of intensive artist residencies, master classes, and works-in-progress sharings, The Next Stop is the premiere of new works by Norbert De La Cruz III and Helen Simoneau, alongside repertory by Attack Theatre Co-Founders and Artistic Directors, Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza. Through discovery and rediscovery, each choreographer’s creative vision fuses with Attack Theatre’s athleticism in this evening-length performance.
In a new piece choreographed by Norbert De La Cruz III, Under the Rug follows two people on a journey to prolong an intimate connection. Performed by Attack Theatre dancers Dane Toney and Anthony Williams in an immersive, dreamlike world of props, this duet reveals a conversation that evolves through movement to discover what’s been swept under the rug.
Helen Simoneau’s ensemble piece offers a glimpse into the the specificity of each dancer, highlighting a relationship to an enthusiastic and sometimes uncertain process of rediscovery. This work features Attack Theatre company dancers Kaitlin Dann, Ashley Williams, and Sarah Zielinski, with Sonja Gable and Chelsea Neiss.
Attack Theatre rounds out the evening with a repertory piece, Uncomfortable Truths. In a struggle against snap judgments and tacit compliance the dancers navigate the complexities of conversations between the silent, the silenced, and those trying to find their voice. This work features Attack Theatre dancers Kaitlin Dann, Dane Toney, Anthony Williams, Ashley Williams, and Sarah Zielinski.
A native of Quebec, Canada, Helen Simoneau is a graduate of North Carolina School for the Arts and based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her work has been commissioned by The Juilliard School, the American Dance Festival, the UNC School of the Arts, the Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, and the Swiss International Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich. With her company of six years, Helen Simoneau Danse, her work has been presented at The Guggenheim Museum (NYC), Dance Place (DC), Joyce SoHo (NYC), Jacob’s Pillow (MA) and around the world.
Born in Bayombon, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines and raised in East Los Angeles, California Norbert De La Cruz III began his study of dance at age 13. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Norbert was a Princess Grace Foundation-USA Awardee (2012), Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography Lab (2013), finalist for the Joffrey Academy of Dance's 2014 Choreographer of Color Awardee, and a recipient for the 2015 National Choreographic Initiative in Irvine, CA.
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This season, Attack Theatre has an opportunity to commission two internationally recognized choreographers, Helen Simoneau and Norbert De La Cruz III, and curate a performance that showcases their work, alongside that of Attack Theatre, at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh on May 19–20. The project will highlight reciprocal creative development of both the choreographers and the Attack Theatre artistic team.
Thanks to a group of generous donors, your contribution to the Commissioning Choreographers Campaign will be matched 1:1, up to $15,000. On Pittsburgh Day of Giving we were able to raise over $3,000 toward the campaign, but we still have important match dollars on the table. Making a profound impact on the future of contemporary dance can be very simple—give today.
Provider: The Movers & Shakers
The Commissioning Choreographers Campaign Match Pool has been provided by The Movers & Shakers:
Anne Billiet and Vince Lackner
Monica and Adam Hertzman
Laura and Kevin Horner
Richard E. Rauh
Nancy Simpronio and Chuck Culbertson
Jamee and Tom Todd
The Next Stop is made possible in part by:
The generosity of "The Movers and Shakers" and numerous individuals.