Karole Armitage, known for her punk approach to classical dance, will present the work Three Theories this Saturday as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Dance Council season. Armitage’s company Armitage Gone! Dance is known for their exciting speed of movement and their ability to contrast the fractured lines and asymmetrical forms of the choreography with the continuous and symmetrical forms of ballet.
Three Theories is based on the best-selling book The Elegant Universe by physicist Brian Greene. The book tackles the contradictions between Einstein’s theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Armitage was inspired by the metaphorical implications which she expresses with the geometric shapes, movement and rhythmic patterns in her work. From the reviews I have read of the work, it seems that the dancing stays within the poetic rather than scientific implications of the text.
Who knows, maybe between the fusion of the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, the fusion of ballet and contemporary dance forms has its place. To find out for yourself, attend Three Theories on Saturday, March 3rd at 8pm at the Byham Theater. For ticket information visit http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/29677/armitage-gone-dance.