Armitage Gone! Dance
Led by choreographer Karole Armitage, contemporary ballet company Armitage Gone! Dance is a permanent resident at Mana, where guests are invited to watch its exceptional, classically trained dancers in action
American choreographer Karole Armitage sent shockwaves across the dance world when she coupled classical ballet with blaring rock music in the 1980s. Famously dubbed the “punk ballerina” by Vanity Fair, her work is characterized by striking originality, exemplary technique, and outlandish provocation. Her company, Armitage Gone! Dance, practices daily on Mana’s fourth floor behind a glass wall, allowing visitors to observe its intimate rehearsal process. Armitage’s own training, which includes dancing in companies directed by 20th-century masters George Balanchine and Merce Cunningham, informed her unique voice that toes the line between classical and modern dance. Michael Jackson and Madonna commissioned her know-how for their music videos; her 2009 choreography for the Broadway production “Hair” earned her a Tony nomination. Jeff Koons, David Salle, Philip Taaffe, and other artists have created sets and costumes for Armitage’s works, complementing her audacious approach to movement.