New Hazlett Theater under ‘Attack’ as dance company takes the stage


By Alyse Horn

On a mission to express the Northside through dance, Attack Theatre will be kicking off “Remainder | Northside” at the New Hazlett Theater at 12 p.m. on Sunday, June 22.

Attack Theatre, a Pittsburgh based modern dance company, will be at the New Hazlett from 12 to 3 p.m. sharing the process behind the “Remainder | Northside” performance and working with community members on interactive movement activities and games.

Peter Kope, co-artistic director for Attack Theatre, said one of the things Attack Theatre focuses on is “creating dance in a non-threatening and fun environment.”

Kope said there will be five dance members and additional staff at the event on Saturday. From noon to 1 p.m. attendees can talk to the dancers and learn more about “Remainder | Northside.” From 1 to 3 p.m. individuals will then be able to enjoy interactive movement activities and games with the Attack Theatre dancers.

“Remainder | Northside” is a 12 month project that is celebrating Attack Theatre’s 20th season. The interpretive dances created by dancers will focus on groups of people from the Northside, Kope said.

According to a press release, the company is taking stories and conversations assembled from art, place, object or theme to produce the new dance performance. From now until June 2015, Attack Theatre will host creative dialogues with community members throughout the Northside neighborhoods. The public and Attack Theatre will come together for two works-in-progress public showings at the New Hazlett in November 2014 and February 2015, and the culmination of the creative process will be the final product of “Remainder | Northside” at the New Hazlett next June.

“If you’re looking for something fun to do with friends and family that is based in play and an artistic experience, this is the place because you can [participate] or just watch,” Kope said.

Kope said the project is called “Remainder | Northside” because after the dancers have met the community, they will compile and assemble their experiences with the neighborhoods and “what remains is the final product.”

The event is free to the public and attendees can come and go as they please. Refreshments will be provided.

“It’s a chance for us to talk about what we do as a community resource, [and a] chance to meet the people who interact with the community on a daily basis,” Kope said. “It’s a win-win all the way around.”

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