Attack Theatre taps into North Side folklore for new project

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The North Side has played a leading role in the evolution of Attack Theatre since its start in 1994. The New Hazlett Theater was home to some of its earliest shows, and the group has collaborated with The Andy Warhol Museum, the Children’‍s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Mattress Factory art museum over the years.

The modern dance company‘‍s latest project will not only pay tribute to its North Side ties but also uncover some of the lesser-known folklore that colors the neighborhood. “Remainder: Northside” will kick off Sunday at the New Hazlett Theater with a free community discussion about the project at noon, followed by interactive movement games and dance excerpts from 1 to 3 p.m.

For the next year, Attack Theatre will connect with people who live, work, play or learn on the North Side to engage them in what the company calls a “movement dialogue” about the experiences or objects there that have meaning to them. It could be  a painting they pass daily or a mailbox where neighbors gather to hang out, said founding co-artistic director Michele de la Reza.

“We’‍re curious about the dialogue surrounding objects, places, even themes that are less commonly shared among large, large groups of people.”

These conversations will influence choreography that will be pieced together to create a full-length dance piece that will premiere next June at the New Hazlett Theater. On Nov. 10 and Feb. 15 at the theater, audiences will have a chance to learn about the development of the work in progress.


Sara Bauknecht: or on Twitter @SaraB_PG.

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