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Marta McClintock-Comeaux

Posted on March 1, 2010

California University will experience a spontaneous blend of conversation, creation, dance and music when Attack Theatre visits campus for two interactive performances on March 3.

The Pittsburgh-based company uses innovative spaces to create one-of-a-kind spectacles that break artistic boundaries and blur the lines between audience and performers.

•       At 11 a.m., Attack Theatre will engage the audience in a contemporary movement workshop in the Performance Center, inside the Natali Student Center. Participants of all backgrounds and abilities will become partners in an empowering kinetic experience based on counterbalance, momentum and collaboration.

•       A 6 p.m., Attack Theatre's Some Assembly Required will begin with a reception in the lobby of Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. Together, audience and dancers will begin a "journey" that explores the work of Cal U artists Megan Prall, Laura DeFazio and Dr. Patricia Milford. The interactive experience will change locations in the building and conclude with a performance by Attack Theatre dancers.

Both events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Under the artistic direction of Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, Attack Theatre has been making personal, accessible and collaborative dance-based performances for 15 years. They combine modern dance, original live music, multimedia and interdisciplinary art forms to present work in traditional and nontraditional spaces across the United States and around the world.

The performances at Cal U are sponsored by the Women's Studies program in celebration of Women's History Month.

The Women's Studies program also will sponsor the fifth annual Audrey-Beth Fitch Women's Conference, scheduled for March 18 on the Cal U campus. This year's conference, "The Arts and Activism: Equality for All," focuses on the visual and performing arts.