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Pittsburgh, PA

Photo by Audrey Gatewood

taylor knight & anna thompson are co-founding artistic directors of slowdanger, a multidisciplinary performance organism. slowdanger uses a systematic approach to movement, integrative technology, found material, electronic instrumentation, vocalization, physiological centering, and ontological examination to produce their performance work, which utilizes performance practice to delve into circular life patterning, including effort, transformation, and death. From directing music videos to scoring plays, they transform their shape to adapt to a variety of different containers. slowdanger has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe in venues ranging from proscenium theaters and galleries to nightclubs and dive bars. In addition to producing multidisciplinary dance/sound performances, we develop soundscores for theater, dance, film, and virtual reality projects, as well as act as interdisciplinary movement consultants for actors, musicians, and architects.

Their work has been presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, Usine C, Dance Place, The Warhol Museum, and more. slowdanger was one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and has been supported by The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NPN Creation Fund, NDP/NEFA, and The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

In addition to their work as choreographers and directors, they have composed scores for dance and licensed their original electronic music compositions to artists and dance companies including Ailey II, Gibney Dance Company, Sidra Bell, Roderick George, Ogemdi Ude, Nile Harris, Mark Caserta, Kayla Farrish, W’him W’him, ABT, School of American Ballet, and more. Since fall 2020, they have been on faculty at Point Park University’s Conservatory of the Performing Arts teaching modern technique, improvisation, repertory, and contemporary partnering.

Ideas in Motion: 21st Century Dance Practices (2023)

Technical Residency (2023)

Creative Administration Research (2024)

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