With a unique blend of improvisation and performance, Some Assembly Required will engage you in a process of co-creation, inspired by José Oubrerie’s exhibition Architecture with and without Le Corbusier.
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.
Working with spaces and venues as partners to present this unique performance experience, Some Assembly Required offers audiences a new way to view visual art, a new lens to experience dance and live music, and a new outlook on the culture of engaging arts experiences. Using traditional and nontraditional works of art (paintings, photographs, sculptures, architecture, and horticulture), Attack Theatre engages the audience in a process that culminates with a world premiere every night.
The process begins with the presentation of a short performance accompanied by live music. After viewing this piece, the audience embarks on a guided discussion of chosen artworks. The performers transform these comments into music and movement, which they insert and overlay into the existing piece. This new layer of emotion, intent and color adds passion to the existing dance. This process concludes with a synthesis of the conversations and improvisations resulting in the one-time performance of Some Assembly Required
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 the 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, 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 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, 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 (Pittsburgh), Texture Contemporary Ballet (Pittsburgh) August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (Pittsburgh), 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.
Sarah Zielinski, Company Dancer
Sarah Zielinski is extremely excited to be “back in the burgh” and joining Attack Theatre for her first season. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Sarah attended Point Park University and graduated summa cum-laude with a BFA in Dance and minor in Theatre. Upon graduation 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. Currently Sarah can also be found teaching Pilates, administratively and choreographically a part of Awakening Movement in NYC, and teaching/sharing dance in prisons through Shining Light.
Simon J. C. Cummings, Music Composition and Performance
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 email@example.com and visit www.cellofury.com.
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.
Some Assembly Required is supported in part by:
Photography: Martha Rial, Artwork in Photo: Matthias Pliessnig, In Here, 2009