It’s dance theatre. It’s music. It’s an expression of magic. And it’s happening right here in Pittsburgh. Meet the duo that comprises a collaborative performance entity known as ‘slowdanger’
Springtime in Pittsburgh. A season of bloom and rebirth.
Okay, let’s be real – spring is also the season of potholes among our twisty, hilly roads. Talk to any vehicle commuter and they can attest – “slow danger” signs are everywhere.
Meet the collaborative performance entity whose name is inspired by these warning signs.
Enter the minds of Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight. Together, they comprise a dance theater duo known as slowdanger.
Per the duo, slowdanger is literally a conceptual framework for how the group produces its work. They feel inspired by building upon demolished or deconstructed space and perform regularly at bars and clubs in the area. They also hold workshops and therapeutic classes where attendees are encouraged to express themselves freely and authentically.
We sent videographer Nick Childers to get to know slowdanger and help us share their story and the way the duo interacts with various communities here in Pittsburgh.
slowdanger: empathy machine
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A moment with #slowdanger. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We sent videographer Nick Childers to walk us through Pittsburgh’s collaborative performance duo comprised of Anna Thompson (@__slowdanger__) and Taylor Knight (@slowdanger__). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Their productions and workshops encourage attendees to express themselves freely and authentically. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Get to know slowdanger and their multidisciplinary work (including their current project, empathy machine) by watching the full 3-min documentary at our #LinkInBio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Video: @nchilders412
In the documentary, you will see footage from slowdanger’s multidisciplinary performance: empathy machine.
empathy machine is an imagined future, a beginning, an ending, an answer, and a warning. This work aims to desexualize intimacy and examine empathy as a continual process of sensitizing ourselves to our own bodies, companions, and environment. The work explores intimacy and empathy, questioning societal reflexes surrounding these terms through the use of physicality, responsive technology and awareness facilitations.
Performers: Ru Emmons, Roberta Guido, Simon Phillips, Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson.
Learn more about slowdanger
To learn more about slowdanger workshops and performances, visit the upcoming section of their website.