taylor knight and anna thompson are Co-Founding Artistic Directors of slowdanger, a multidisciplinary performance entity based in Pittsburgh PA. As multidisciplinary artists, slowdanger fuses sound and movement through improvised contemporary and postmodern dance frameworks. The more they engage in this collaborative work, the more they recognize the manifestation of their work as a non-binary entity that is one body amassed of multiple bodies in space. slowdanger is an organism that uses performance and collaboration to delve into circular life patterning such as effort, transformation, and death. Within this system, slowdanger works with an engaged and deepened understanding of energy, synergy, action, gender, time, and storytelling.
slowdanger has performed in venues and festivals all over the U.S. and Canada. They have embarked on multiple U.S. tours sharing their ethereal and dynamic sound. Their live sets fuse original vocal and electronic soundscapes with disciplined and evocative dance and performance arts frameworks. They have played at the MoMA, Hot Mass, Honcho, Carnegie Music Hall, The Chocolate Factory Theater, 14th St. Y, ACE Hotel, Pittsburgh PrideFest, The VIA Festival (PGH), Kahlon (BMORE), Blush + Brews (BMORE), Bathhouse Betty, The Andy Warhol Museum, Silent Barn, The Carnegie Museum of Art and many others. They have shared bills with notable artists such as Abdu Ali, Yaeji, serpentwithfeet, Joy Postell, Dark Rooms, Shana Falana, Flamingosis, Chiffon, :3lon, Holy Hum, Closeness, Wise Blood, Babyt33th, RIVKA, the moon baby, ARIADNE and more. slowdanger's work as multidisciplinary artists has been featured by Bandcamp Daily, Intel, Culturebot, NPR, Dance Magazine, 88.3 WRCT FM, and more.
slowdanger is one of Dance Magazine’s 2018 ‘25 to Watch’ , emerging choreographers for Springboard Danse Montreal 2018, guest artists at Movement Invention Project, and Sidra Bell's MODULE. They have been in residences at Sidra Bell Dance New York’s MODULE 2017, 2018 and 2019, PearlArts Studio’s Pearl Diving Movement Residency 2017, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s F..I.N.E. Residency 2016, The New Hazlett Theater’s CSA Series 2016, City Theatre’s Belfry Artist Series 2016, and The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater’s FreshWorks Residency 2015. Currently they are Creatives in Residence at The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.
slowdanger creates all the sound for their performance work as well as for other choreographers and performing artists. They have released albums on La Squadra Records and MISC Records. Most recently they released their 'FURY ANGEL' EP in 2021.
Their work has been supported by The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, The Heinz Endowments & Pittsburgh Foundation Investing in Professional Artists Award, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Special Presenters Initiative with Dance Place, The Opportunity Fund, The Pittsburgh Foundation A W Mellon Fund, The PNC Charitable Trusts and The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative.
Artists: anna thompson / taylor knight
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