Some Assembly Required (2018)

Photography: Martha Rial | Artwork in Photo: Matthias Pliessnig,  In Here , 2009, Courtesy of Wexler Gallery (Philadelphia) | Shown at Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh)

Photography: Martha Rial | Artwork in Photo: Matthias Pliessnig, In Here, 2009, Courtesy of Wexler Gallery (Philadelphia) | Shown at Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh)

September 22 – 23, 2018

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 106th Annual Exhibition

Braddock Carnegie Library

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.

  • Saturday, September 22nd at 2:00pm | Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 106th Annual Exhibition

  • Saturday, September 22nd at 6:00pm | Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 106th Annual Exhibition

  • Sunday, September 23rd at 2:00pm | Braddock Carnegie Library (RADical Days Performance—Free Admission)

  • Sunday, September 23rd at 6:00pm | Braddock Carnegie Library

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.

Historic TimeLine

1996

September 6th The Carnegie Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Concept and Choreography: Attack Theatre Performers/Collaborators: Gary Pletsch, Michele de la Reza, Peter Kope and Jennifer Toughener Created for The Carnegie Museum of Art  for the exhibition "Made in America; Ten Centuries of American Art"

1997

December 5th The Frick Art & Historical Center 7227 Reynolds St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

2001

Avignon Festival July 17 – 28 Galerie Decastel 9 Rue Folco de Baroncelli, 84000 Avignon, France

Choreography and Direction: Peter Kope et Michele de la Reza Music/Composition: Dave Eggar

2002

  • Avignon Festival July 5 – 20 Le Petit Louvre 23 Rue Saint-Agricol, 84000 Avignon, France

  • December 12th Musée océanographique de Monaco Avenue Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco

2004

Ross Museum & Science Atrium
September 17th
Ohio Wesleyan University
60 S Sandusky St, Delaware, OH 43015

2005

  • Blaffer Gallery
    February 16th
    Art Museum of the University of Houston
    120 Fine Arts Building

  • November 25th
    Mattress Factory
    505 Jacksonia St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

2009

March 27th
SUNY New Paltz: The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
2447, 1 Hawk Dr, New Paltz, NY 12561

2010

Attack Theatre partners with eight of Pittsburgh’s premier museums and galleries to take this critically-acclaimed performance event on a whirlwind two-week artistic jaunt that exposes the moments between the planned and the spontaneous, in an adventurous evening of dance, live music, artworks, conversation, and creation.

Assemble This features performances by the award-winning co-artistic directors Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope and Grammy nominated music director Dave Eggar (cello). Attack Theatre’s company dancers include Liz Chang, Dane Toney, and Ashley Williams. Returning to Pittsburgh by way of New York is acclaimed percussionist Charles Palmer.

  • February 12th
    SPACE
    812 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  • February 15th
    The Frick Fine Arts at the University of Pittsburgh
    650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

  • February 16th
    Pittsburgh Center of the Arts
    6300 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

  • February 17th
    August Wilson Center
    980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  • February 19th
    Frick Art & Historical Center
    7227 Reynolds St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

  • February 20th
    Mattress Factory
    505 Jacksonia St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

  • February 21st
    Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
    10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

  • February 23rd
    Society for Contemporary Craft
    2100 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  • February 24th
    Andy Warhol Museum
    117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

-------------------------------------------------------Not apart of “Assemble This”-----------------------------------------------

  • March 3rd
    California University of Pennslyvania: Workshop and Performance
    Steele Auditorium
    816 3rd St, California, PA 15419

  • July 8th
    Fairmont State University
    1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554

  • July 10th
    Frick Art and Historical Center
    7227 Reynolds St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

2012

February 2nd
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554

2016

October 7- 9
Miller Gallery (CMU)
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

2017

  • September 21-22
    Contemporary Craft
    2100 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  • September 23rd
    UnSmoke Systems Artspace
    1137 Braddock Ave, Braddock, PA 15104

  • July 10-28
    Cello Fury