Celebrated Director and Choreographer Karole Armitage launched Armitage Gone! Dance in New York in 2004 upon her return to New York City after 15 years in Europe. Dedicated to redefining the boundaries and perception of contemporary dance, the company extends the mandate of innovation that characterizes both her earlier Armitage Ballet, founded in 1985, and her first full time company, Armitage Gone!, founded in 1979.
Dubbed the "punk ballerina" in the 1980s and recently Tony-nominated for her choreography of the broadway musical Hair, Armitage distinguishes her company from its contemporaries through her extreme versatility and originality. Building on classical and modern idioms from the Balanchine to the Cunningham traditions, Armitage infuses experimental thinking in the geometric balance, speed, rhythm, and beauty of dance steps. She derives inspiration from sources such as physics, Japanese aesthetics, fashion, pop culture, new media, and from her dancers, who are of diverse cultural and dance backgrounds.
Armitage Gone! Dance is well-known for its collaborations with innovators in music, science, and the visual arts, including artists David Salle and Jeff Koons and string-theory physicist Brian Greene. The company regularly performs to live music and has commissioned many scores since its 2004 debut. Known for their free spirited panache, Armitage Gone! dancers bring unique flavors and strong personality to the stage. The company is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council for the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, as well as corporate, foundation, and individual patrons.
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