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 we engage in this collaborative work, the more we recognize the manifestation of our 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, we work with an engaged and deepened understanding of energy, synergy, action, gender, time, and storytelling.
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 U.S. and Canada in venues ranging from proscenium theater settings and galleries to nightclubs and dive bars.
Anna/Taylor have created in sound and/or movement with Sidra Bell, Bill Shannon, Mark Caserta, MICHIYAYA Dance, Gia Cacalano, Anna Henson, Jasmine Hearn, Maree Remalia|merrygogo, Beth Corning, The Pillow Project|Pearlann Porter, Jil Stifel, Bricolage Productions, Hatch Arts Collective and Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson. They have facilitated workshops at Sidra Bell Dance New York’s MODULE, Dance Industry Performing Arts Center, Painted Bride, Gibney, Peridance, BAX, Middlebury College, Point Park University, and Carnegie Mellon University.
slowdanger has been featured at/in Springboard Danse Montreal, Dance Magazine’s ‘ 25 to Watch’, Links Hall Chicago, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Usine C, Place des Arts and The Carnegie Museum of Art. slowdanger has received support from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Heinz Endowments, The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Opportunity Fund.
photo credit courtesy of NJDTE: Garrett Parker