Some Assembly Required (2018)

Sat 9/22 2:00pm, 6:00pm
Sun 9/23 2:00pm, 6:00pm
Multiple Locations

Art, made fresh. Feed your curiosity.

Explore a new way to view visual art. Encounter a new dance and live music experience. Engage with the process of creating a never-before-seen performance. Some Assembly Required gives you the ability to influence and interact with Attack Theatre’s creative process. 

Pay what moves you and join Attack Theatre September 22nd and 23rd for four distinct opportunities to engage with visual art, live music, and dance performance.

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 106th Annual Exhibition | 2708 Sidney Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Explore the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 106th Annual Exhibition on September 22nd. Held in the Southside Works (Pittsburgh, PA), the exhibition is juried and curated by Taras W. Matla, Acting Director, University of Maryland Art Gallery.



Braddock Carnegie Library | 419 Library Street, Braddock, PA 15104

Discover the Braddock Carnegie Library's Art Lending Collection on September 23rd. Created by the artist collective Transformazium during the 2013 Carnegie International, the Art Lending Collection at Braddock Carnegie Library makes original artwork available for checkout throughout Allegheny County. The Art Lending Collection is an interaction between artworks, artists and neighbors. Bring your library cards and borrow up to four artworks for temporary display in your home. 


About the Process

Beginning with a short dance accompanied by live cello and percussion music, the performance evolves through a lively, guided conversation with the performers about selected works of art. This discussion will generate the inspiration for improvisational movement and music that will be overlaid onto the existing dance structure. The performance expands and intensifies through the feelings and interpretations of the audience to culminate in a world-premiere performance that connects artists with audience and artwork in an intimate exploration of the planned and spontaneous.

History of Some Assembly Required

Fusing choreography and composition with visual art, Some Assembly Required was originally commissioned for the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh). Inspired by the work of Philip Yenawine, former director of education at the Museum of Modern Art, this process gives the audience the ability to influence and interact with the creative process, and simultaneously allows for a facilitated discussion.



 Simon Cummings, Musician (Cello)

Simon J. C. Cummings is an active cellist, composer and teacher based in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in 2004, he attended Carnegie Mellon University and received his BFA in 2008. Mr. Cummings is a cellist and composer in the cross-genre cello ensemble, Cello Fury, based in Pittsburgh. Combining his background of performing in rock groups with his knowledge and experience in classical styles, Mr. Cummings’ music fuses together both worlds. As a member of Cello Fury, he co-wrote and performed three ballets for Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, and performed as soloists in the premiere of the opera “La Bisbetica” by Efrain Amaya in Italy. With Cello Fury, Mr. Cummings has also performed across 26 states and for audiences of over 70,000 people. Outside of Cello Fury, Mr. Cummings is an active composer, having composed and performed the incidental music for the Thom Thomas play, “A Moon To Dance By”, directed by Edwin Sherin and starring Jane Alexander. Mr. Cummings also collaborates with other numerous Pittsburgh based cultural groups, such as Texture Contemporary Ballet, Attack Theatre, Resonance Works, and Alia Musica, a new music ensemble which performs contemporary classical music by local and international composers. As a teacher, Mr. Cummings maintains a studio of cellists at his home studio for students of all ages. He is also a founding member and teacher of Cello Fury Rock Camp for Strings, a two week camp for alternative string music entering it’s 9th season. For more information about compositions, lessons, or performances, please contact and visit

 Sonja Gable, Dancer

Originally from Johnstown, PA, Sonja received degrees in Dance and Early Childhood Education from Slippery Rock University. In her dance training she has learned from and collaborated with such artists as Jump Rhythm Jazz, Tara Madsen Robbins, Teena Marie Custer, Ursula Payne, and Diavolo Dance Theatre. Sonja has taught at Rock Dance Company for Kids and Butler Dance Center. This season she has been a performer and teaching artist with Attack Theatre, including her work with Pittsburgh Public Schools and productions of Turandot with the Pittsburgh Opera and Atlanta Opera.






 Ian Green, Musician (Percussion)

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 fifth 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.








Miranda Nichols, Dancer

Miranda Nichols is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. In May 2018 Miranda graduated Manga Cum Laude from MMC with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a double major in English and World Literature. While at Marymount Miranda performed in works by notable choreographers such as Jacqulyn Buglisi, Ronald K. Brown, and David Parker. She is originally from New Castle, PA and currently lives in Queens, NY. 








Simon Phillips, Dancer

A recent transplant from Atlanta, Georgia, Simon began dancing with Attack Theatre in 2017. Simon graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Dance. He has worked with notable dance companies such as Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Augusto Soledade Brazzdance, Kennesaw State University Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company, and William Forsythe. His career has taken him all over the United States, including New York, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Washington D.C., and now Pittsburgh.






 Dane Toney, Dancer

Originally from West Virginia, Dane graduated with a BFA in dance from Point Park University. While in school, he had the opportunity to work 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 15 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 is also a recipient of the 2017 BRAZZY Award, which recognizes two exceptional Pittsburgh dancers each year in honor of Leslie Anderson-Braswell. Dane began dancing with Attack Theatre in 2008.




Sarah Zielinski, Dancer

A Pittsburgh native, Sarah attended Point Park University and graduated with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Theatre. After graduating she moved to New York City, where she worked with the NYC Metropolitan Opera, Doug Varone, Jessica Taylor—DamageDance, Awakening Movement, ZviDance, Caleb Teicher & Company, Lorena Egan, Michael Mindlin, Gibney Dance GRIT, and Shining Light. Other credits include: National Tour of The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Starlight Express, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and West Side Story as Anybodys. In addition to extensive theatrical training, Sarah is dedicated to teaching and sharing movement studies to all levels through dance, Pilates & other somatic movement explorations. Sarah began dancing with Attack Theatre in 2016.







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