Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson are Co-Founding Artistic Directors of slowdanger, a multidisciplinary performance duo based in Pittsburgh PA. Their work fuses sound and movement into an elusive, but illustrative combination of improvised contemporary and postmodern dance frameworks, found material, electronic instrumentation, vocalization, physiological centering and ontological examination. slowdanger uses performance as ritual practice to delve into patterns of the circular rhythm of life. Within this process, they use collected field recordings, writings, found objects and performative structures to create their episodic body of work, ‘the memory series’. With each work that is put forth, a deeper understanding is found through the practice of making. slowdanger generates a thickness of memory through filtering veiled remembrances until they are distilled to their simplest form. Repurposing their own product so it remains constantly in process. This ever evolving process is akin to the construction zone where inspiration was drawn for the name, slowdanger. Breaking ground to build upon the demolished surface using old structures to a innovate a new concept or construction. From directing music videos to scoring a play, slowdanger transforms its shape to adapt to a variety of different containers. slowdanger’s performance work has been featured across the states in venues ranging from proscenium theater settings and galleries to nightclubs and dive bars. Anna/Taylor have created with Jasmine Hearn, Maree Remalia|merrygogo, Beth Corning, Mark C. Thompson, The Pillow Project|Pearlann Porter, Jil Stifel, and Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson (s+vois). Their work has been seen at the VIA festival, The Andy Warhol Museum, Kahlon, theCURRENTSESSIONS, Honcho (PGH), The Pittsburgh Biennial, BAAD, Triskelion Arts, The New Hazlett Theater, and Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's NewMoves Contemporary Dance Festival. They have facilitated workshops at Middlebury College, Point Park University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Anna and Taylor alongside David Bernabo are curators of Lightlab Performance Series, a platform for experimental performance (www.lightlabpgh.com).
As sound designers and musicians slowdanger has created with Sidra Bell Dance New York, Colleen Hooper, the moon baby, Bill Shannon, La Squadra Records, MISC Records, and Hatch Arts Collective,
slowdanger has been named one of Dance Magazine's '25 to Watch' for 2018. They are recipients of the BRAZZY Outstanding Dancer's Award. They were named one of City Theatre's Belfry Artist's and a two time nominees of the Carole R. Brown Creative Achievement Award's. They are recipients of a Heinz Endowment Small Arts Initiative and an Opportunity Fund Grant.
photo credit courtesy of NJDTE: Garrett Parker