Synchronized Swim is a new series commissioning artists to produce new works in performance and movement-based forms. This series involves a floating multi-purpose platform for movement-based workshops and participatory performances for the public.
Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson are founding directors of slowdanger, a multidisciplinary performance duo based out of Pittsburgh, PA. slowdanger uses their bodies as mediums of memory to express through movement, sound, and visual imagery. From energetic and sensual connections to body and spirit, Taylor and Anna use performance as ritualistic practice to delve into patterns of the circular rhythm of life. slowdanger aims to connect their audience to their own body, by producing work that induces visceral reactions. 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. Anna/Taylor have created with The Pillow Project, Maree Remalia|merrygogo, Beth Corning, Mark C. Thompson, Jil Stifel, Jasmine Hearn, Mario Ashkar Film and others. slowdanger released their debut EP “can’t go back” in Dec. 2015. slowdanger has presented work in the VIA festival (PGH), The Andy Warhol Museum (PGH), Kahlon (BMORE), the CURRENT SESSIONS (NY), The Pittsburgh Biennial(2015), and the KST newmoves Contemporary Dance Festival (2015). slowdanger is currently working on a full-length work, 'memory 4' , to be premiered as a part of the New Hazlett's CSA series, June 9, 2016.
Anthony Williams, a Chicago native, is a Pittsburgh-based dancer, choreographer, and educator. He has a strong investment in his community, and his work is a reflection of who he is as a community member, artist, and an advocate for social justice. Anthony’s ongoing commitment lies in the empowerment of the oppressed and facilitating the discovery of self through art making and process. He is a full time dancer with Attack Theater (Pgh), and has performed with Congo Square Theater Company (Chicago), Staycee Pearl dance project (Pgh), Texture Contemporary Ballet (Pgh) August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (Pgh), and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (Chicago). As a choreographer, he has created original works for Carnegie Mellon University’s Infra Dance Company, Point Park University, Reed Dance, Hope Academy, and Dreams of Hope. Anthony premiered work at Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival, and was selected as a Fresh Works Residency artist for the development of Loving Black, which premiered at the New Hazlett Theater. Anthony was recently recognized by The New Pittsburgh Courier’s as a Fab 40 (2016).
D.S. Kinsel is a creative entrepreneur and cultural agitator. He expresses his creativity through the mediums of painting, window display, installation, curating, action-painting, non-traditional performance and social media. While Kinsel’s primary practice is painting, he believes that experimenting in other disciplines further develops his key practice as a painter. Kinsel's work puts focus on themes of escapism, space keeping, urban tradition, hip-hop, informalism and cultural appropriation. D.S. is the co-founder of Boom Concepts, a creative hub, studio space and Jenesis Magazine Production Facility. It serves as salon space dedicated to the advancement of black and brown artists and artists representing marginalized communities. D.S. has served creative residencies at Most Wanted Fine Art, Artist Image Resource, The Homewood Residency Program, Kelly Strayhorn Theater/Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers Academy, Carnegie Mellon University Digital Arts Studio, and AS220.
Synchronized Swim is made possible through the Frank-Ratchye Fund for the Arts at the Frontier and the generous support of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.