Attack Theatre is entering into their 21st season with the same appetite for adventure they’ve had for two decades. The company’s upcoming season reflects their desire for reinvention and pushing their personal boundaries.
To start, Anthony Williams will join the company as a full-time dancer. Williams has been an independent artist in Pittsburgh for several years, and worked with Attack quite a bit last season. In addition, Caleb Johnson has joined the administrative staff as Audience and Communications Associate. Johnson comes from a writing background; Michele de la Reza (Co-Director of Attack) hopes he will help the company communicate their ideas in a new way.
The season includes six performances, some brand new and some reinvented from old repertoire. A collaboration with Quantum Theatre will open first. Quantum is a company Attack has worked with about a half dozen times. Their partnership started small but has blossomed over the years. In The Winter’s Tale, all four dancers perform alongside the actors, and also musicians of Chatham Baroque. De la Reza says, “Rather than the dancers taking on Shakespearian roles, they will represent the subtext of the show…the atmosphere, scenery, and emotion.”
Remainder also premieres this fall, after a year-long choreographic process. The piece is inspired by conversations with North Side youth. Attack visited several locations, from Schiller Middle School to the Manchester Academic Charter School to the Summer Dreamers Academy, and asked kids about common shared experiences like looking at a sculpture or exploring nature. These questions led to captivating conversations that ultimately influenced the choreography. The piece will fittingly take place at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.
Attack’s annual holiday party and performance will change slightly this season. After having performed the same piece for five simultaneous years, they wanted to bring the audience something new. Holiday Hijinks and Revue will have an “over and under 21” theme, with one portion for kids and another for adults. Much like the company’s classic game nights, the holiday party will have short pop-up performances throughout the day (or night). In between, expect the same creative activities, games, snacks, and libations.
Perhaps the biggest Attack news is the closing of The Dirty Ball chapter. The year-end party entertained thousands of people over the last decade, and made its way onto multiple “Best of Pittsburgh” lists as one of the hottest parties of the year. After ten years, the company decided it was time to challenge themselves to create something different. In its place, One Night Stand will be held in a location to be determined. And like The Dirty Ball, Attack will keep us guessing the details until closer to the date.
To satisfy our “dirty” desires, Attack has added The Down and Dirty Dance Party to their schedule, which will end the season at Spirit, a former Moose lodge in Lawrenceville.
Before that, the final performance of the season will be another premiere, Laws of Attraction. This multi-night show was originally envisioned when the company taught creative movement in a 3rd grade classroom using basic physical science concepts. That work sparked conversation about the language of scientific words and how they have infiltrated popular culture – phrases like “opposites attract” and “on the same wavelength.” De la Reza says that in science these concepts have predictability, but in relationships they are much more complicated.
For dates, times, locations, and costs of upcoming shows, check the Attack website HERE.