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PITTSBURGH, PA: Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents "memory 4"

PITTSBURGH, PA: Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents "memory 4"


Kelly Strayhorn Theater


KST’s Alloy Studios


Friday, October 9, 2015 - 7:00pm


Pay What Makes You Happy. RSVP at www.kelly-strayhorn.org

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Pittsburgh Duo slowdanger’s sense-soaked memory 4

Friday, October 9
8p Performance :: 7p Pre-Show Mixer
KST’s Alloy Studios
5530 Penn Ave

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 25, 2015) — Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents a Fresh Works preview of slowdanger’s newest work memory 4 on Friday, October 9 at 8 p.m. at KST’s Alloy Studios. Scheduled to premiere next summer, memory 4 is the latest in a series of sense-soaked movement-fueled performances. Tickets are Pay What Makes You Happy—allowing audiences to choose the price they feel best about, or name their own—and can be purchased at kelly-strayhorn.org or by calling 412-363-3000.

The Pittsburgh-based duo of artists Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight, known as slowdanger, forges collaborative performances for memory 4 that merge sound and image, body and spirit. Throughout the fall, the team is in residence at KST’s Alloy Studios developing memory 4. This new work is an exploration of the way memories are relived and redefined in each passing moment, in a process of steady decay. This in-progress showing is part of their Fresh Works Residency—a KST program that provides artists with space, resources and support to explore new ideas and launch new projects. Using performance as ritual practice, slowdanger seeks to explore the circular rhythms of life in the creation of immersive multimedia experiences.

No strangers to the KST stage, slowdanger performed memory 3: swimmoon at KST’s sixth annual newMoves Festival this past spring, as well as the PGH Biennial and at the Space Upstairs. slowdanger has also presented work in the CURRENT SESSIONS (NY) and Goose Route Dance Festival (WV). The duo recently released their full length album memory 3 in March 2015. The project reflects on the thought “I am what I remember, what I remember is what I am” and explores performance as “a reinterpretation of a memory in the present.”

KST hosts a post-show discussion with slowdanger, following the performance. slowdanger offers a movement workshop on Wednesday, September 23 at KST’s Alloy Studios 10–11:30 a.m., followed by a complimentary lunch with the artists for all participants.


Friday, October 9, 2015
8p Performance | 7p Pre-show Mixer
KST’s Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave

Tickets: Pay What Makes You Happy
Box office opens 7p day of performances
To RSVP and for more information visit kelly-strayhorn.org.


Movement Workshop with slowdanger
Wednesday, October 7 | 10–11:30a 
KST’s Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave
Pay What Makes You Happy

Specifically working with movement/sound/visual environments, slowdanger leads a movement workshop for those interested in investigating material and becoming a part of the process of their upcoming full-length work, memory 4.

Drawing from the participants' diverse perspectives, the workshop explores universal concepts, such as connection, distance, and the call for healing. Physical elements such as the head, neck, torso, and will be used as a signal, a series of icons to be interpreted by the individual. Combining sweeping athleticism with isolated simplicity, participants will explore raw abandon and specificity.

This workshop is open to adults with all levels of movement experience, from professional to amateur.


slowdanger is a movement/music duo from Pittsburgh, PA founded by Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson. Using performance as ritual practice, slowdanger soaks the observer in memory. slowdanger explores the circular rhythms of life in the creation of immersive multi-media experiences. Anna/Taylor have created with The Pillow Project, merrygogo, Mark C. Thompson, Jil Stifel, Jasmine Hearn, and Mario Ashkar Film. slowdanger released their full length album memory 3 in March 2015. Most recently they presented their performance piece swimmoon at KSTs newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival, the PGH Biennial and the Space Upstairs. slowdanger has also presented work in the CURRENT SESSIONS (NY) and Goose Route Dance Festival (WV).

Major funding for KST Presents is provided by The Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Benter Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Allegheny Regional Asset District.

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