imprints (performance)

Gia T. + slowdanger Present

9/29/2017 - 9/29/2017

Gia T. + slowdanger Present


a shared evening featuring new works by multidisciplinary performance duo slowdanger and embodied improvisationalist, Gia T Cacalano. slowdanger’s duet, TETHER, describes relationship, accommodation, and adaptation as the two artists navigate space with their hair tied to the other. Gia T. will present a solo of acquiring and discarding both physical and metaphorical material. The three artists will join together for a trio built within improvisational movement and sound frameworks that explore the winding and unraveling of the mind and the body through repetitive gesture, assembling and disassembling of bodies and shared physical/energetic state.

Gia T. Cacalano originally from NYC is an educator, choreographer, improvisor , and performer currently based in Pittsburgh , PA. Ms. Cacalano’s career spans 35 years – present. Ms. Cacalano has worked with countless renowned companies rooted in modern dance aesthetic and improvisational methodologies both nationally and internationally . Ms. Cacalano has received numerous honors , awards and nominations both for her independent solo instant compositions and her ensemble work . Ms. Cacalano continues to serve as an educator nationally and internationally , on panels as an adjudicator , and performer . Ms. Cacalano’s work is rooted in improvisational methodologies and multidisciplinary aesthetics . Ms. Cacalano is founder of ” T presents international music – dance ensemble ” and ” frameworks” . Ms. Cacalano is currently working with professor Grisha Coleman professor of Arts, Media and Engineering [AME] with an affiliate faculty in Dance professor of movement, computation and digital media at Arizona sate university . Ms. Cacalano is assisting professor Coleman as dramaturg and choreographic assistant on Ms. Coleman’s acclaimed and ongoing project ecosystem .
> Ms. Cacalano is adjunct faculty at the university of Pittsburgh school of education , physiology , and physical activity 2005- present, ad – hoc guest master workshops pitt dance dept .ongoing and resident ad- hoc adjunct educator and choreographer for La Roche college . Ms. Cacalano is most recently working on solo instant compositions with support of the UK arts council and was recently presented on film in Venice , Italy at the Biennale film festival . Ms. Cacalano recently completed her RYT200 somatic.embryological.m.b.c.embodied hatha and currently is on faculty at yoga on the square .Ms. Cacalano is also traveling with performance , film and ad – hoc improvisation workshops, and with a team of educators , colleagues and peers practicing and leading lectures .workshops .and lessons rooted in ideokinesis

Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson are founding directors of slowdanger , a PGH based multidisciplinary performance duo that fuses sound and movement into an elusive, but illustrative combination of improvised contemporary and post-modern dance frameworks, found material, electronic instrumentation, vocalization, physiological centering and ontological examination. slowdanger is an organism that uses performance and collaboration as ritual practice to delve into patterns of the circular rhythm of life. Within their episodic body of work, ‘the memory series’, the relationship between self and memory is investigated as each memory is built upon reflections from past performances in the series. With each work that is put forth, a deeper understanding is found through the practice of making. Much like a construction zone, slowdanger breaks ground to build upon the demolished surface using old structures to a innovate a new concept or construction. slowdanger is also dedicated to connecting their audience with their own body by offering movement experiences to varied levels of movers in the Pittsburgh area and beyond.
slowdanger’s performance work that has been featured across the states in venues ranging from proscenium theater settings and galleries to nightclubs and dive bars. From directing music videos to scoring a play, slowdanger transforms its shape to adapt to a variety of different containers. slowdanger has presented work in the VIA festival (PGH), The Andy Warhol Museum (PGH), Kahlon (BMORE), the CURRENT SESSIONS (NYC), BAAD Boogie Down Dance Festival (NYC),TEDex (PGH), The Pittsburgh Biennial(2015), and the KST NewMoves Contemporary Dance Festival (2015). In June 2016, slowdanger debuted their full-length work, memory 4 ,as a part of the New Hazlett’s CSA series. In April 2017, slowdanger released their debut album ‘body’ on MISC Records. Currently, slowdanger is building a collaborative multi-disciplinary work,fôr, alongside MICHIYAYA Dance (BK) which will premier in PGH and NYC in December 2017 with support from the Opportunity Fund.

imprints at SPACE Gallery Downtown PGH
Sept. 29, 2017
Doors 7:30
Performance 8:00
$15.00 general admission
$10.00 student/artist
*all door proceeds will benefit the artists