Unbolted

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Thu 12/1 7:00pm
7:00pm
Fri 12/2 7:00pm
7:00pm
Sat 12/3 2:00pm, 7:00pm
2:00pm
7:00pm
George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera

How do you map the uncharted territory of your life?

In this world premiere dance performance, unbolt your chair and free your mind.

 

Attack Theatre presents Unbolted, a world-premiere performance fueled by a sense of wanderlust. On a journey through unexpected, poignant, and revelatory moments, Attack Theatre asks of its audience: “How do you map the uncharted territory of your life?” This question serves as a point of departure for the audience who will be immersed in an evening of shifting perspectives.

 

Breaking through conventional perspectives of watching contemporary dance, Unbolted creates space for the audience to encounter transformative points of view. Central to the creation of this work, the artistic team explored questions of how proximity to the performers changes interpretation. With adaptations to the set and viewing environment, Unbolted challenges notions of scale and perception. The resulting narrative reveals multiple meanings, depending on the angle of viewing.

 

For this performance we wanted to deconstruct the traditional proscenium model for viewing dance and explore how the focus and narrative change when the audience surrounds the performance. This inspired the tagline: ‘When you unbolt your chair, you free your mind.’"—Peter Kope, Co-founder and Artistic Director

 

In a season of firsts, Unbolted is Attack Theatre’s first-ever theater-in-the-round production. One part concept, one part context, this unique performance environment encourages the audience to make a choice and experience the performance from diverse and sometimes divergent points of view.

  

Choreographed by Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, Unbolted interweaves movement created by each of the five company dancers: Kaitlin Dann, Dane Toney, Anthony Williams, Ashley Williams, and Sarah Zielinski. While this work is an ensemble piece, it highlights each of the performers through introspective solos and duets.

 

Attack Theatre values the dancers as unique individual artists and creative contributors. They are such talented creators and greatly influence the work we produce. I’m so grateful to work with such physically and emotionally compelling performers,”—Michele de la Reza, Co-founder and Artistic Director

 

Featuring

Kaitlin Dann

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.

 

Dane Toney

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

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 

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.

Read more about Ashley's incredible daytime job here.

Sarah Zielinksi

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Sarah attended Point Park University and graduated summa cum-laude 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, ZviDance, Caleb Teicher & Company, Lorena Egan, and Gibney Dance GRIT. Other credits include: National Tour of The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Starlight Express, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and West Side Story as Anybodys. Sarah can also be found teaching pilates as part of Awakening Movement in NYC, as well as teaching and sharing dance in prisons through Shining Light.

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 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.

 

Unbolted is made possible in part by:

Generous individuals and volunteers

 

 

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