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October Events!

Hello Geeks!

We have a busy October planned for you, with three separate appearances in the next two weeks! Check out everything we have planned:

  • Book Signing Preview! – On Thursday, October 8th, we’ll be at the Rainbow Rowell lecture and book signing at the main Carnegie Library. After Rainbow’s lecture, we’ll present excerpts from Finding Margo, Losing Gus to entertain guests waiting for their turn at the signing table. We’ll have more details later this week, and there’ll be signs up around the first floor directing you to our location. Snippets of the show will be interspersed with short Q&A sessions, so you can come see a preview of the show, ask your questions, and still get over to the signing table when your number comes up! Check out the CLP Events website for info on signing up for the event!
  • The Maker Faire!Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th, Geeksdanz will present at the Pittsburgh Maker Faire! We’ve presented at the Maker Faire before, but this year it’ll be bigger than ever! Check out the Current Projects page for full details!
  • Finding Margo, Losing Gus – Encore Performance! – Did you miss the premiere in August? Never fear – we’re presenting a FREE encore of Finding Margo, Losing Gus at the Main Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 18th at 2 pm! Once again, full details are on the Current Projects page!

Whew! With so many events coming up, we hope you’ll come to see us at least once!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Thanks for coming to the premiere!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Monroeville Library on Saturday and Sunday to see the premiere of Finding Margo, Losing Gus! We had a great turnout, and got lots of amazing responses to the work. The Q&A sessions went really well – we always enjoy getting to share a little look at how we put the show together with our audiences!

Remember, the Indie Go Go campaign is still live until this weekend, so if you didn’t get a chance to see the show, you’ve got a chance! Donate at or above the $40 level you can claim a DVD of the performance as your perk!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Announcing Manifestations II!

Geeksdanz will once again scare the pants off their audiences with Manifestations II: Ambitions Running Cold, at The Maker Theater (formerly Steel City Improv Theater) on November 1st, 2014. Two performances of the (PG-13) show at 7 and 9:30 pm comprise the second year of Geeksdanz’s collaboration between dance and storytelling.

Featuring a whole new selection of ghost stories told live by our featured storyteller Stas’ Ziolkowski, Manifestations II melds dance, music and story to create an intensely atmospheric performance that will chill your blood and make your skin crawl. From a cottage on the beach to a mansion in the country, from a cursed monkey paw to a ghostly biker gang, the dancers weave through Stas’s words and your deepest fears come to life as the theater fills with sound and movement.

Tickets are $15, and will be available at the door or online via ShowClix. We will have advance tickets available for purchase soon, so keep checking the website for updates!

A bit about our featured teller, Stas’ Ziolkowski

I have been telling stories for more than forty years as a schoolteacher of science, mathematics, and as a planetarium director. I am 72 years old and have a lot of experience in community and school theaters; acting, directing, writing, and even some choreography. I have moved to the Pittsburgh, PA area after 6 wonderful years in Arkansas where I had a theater company and started the Fairfield Bay StoryFest.

I draw on my life experience as a member of the US Army as a teenager, a soccer player, coach and referee, a track coach, organizer of large athletic events as well as theater and storytelling events, and of course being a son, a brother, a husband, a father, and a friend, to entertain audiences of all ages!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Tickets for Up to Chance are now on sale!

Great news everyone!

Advance discount tickets for Up to Chance just went on sale on Pittsburgh Fringe Festival’s website! You can purchase your tickets here!

Also, the last two poster designs are up!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Video from Manifestations!

Hi All!

Thank you to everyone who came out and had their pants scared off by us at Manifestations – we had a great crowd and it was an amazing experience!

The first video footage of the show is up now; many thanks to Steel City Improv Theater for giving us the opportunity to perform in a theater space again!

Excerpt from Manifestations: “The One-Eyed Ghost” from Ellen Deutsch on Vimeo.

You can now officially visit the newly-created Manifestations main page via the link in the sidebar!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

First Video Excerpt from Challenge Mode is Up!

Hi all!

Again, the danzers and I want to thank everyone who came to the show on April 19th – we had a great crowd and a great reception to our work!

If you missed it, don’t despair – we’ll have the DVD up for sale just as soon as I can get the video files all put together. In the meantime, enjoy this excerpt of the opening two movements:

Stay tuned for updates on our next projects!

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Welcome A’nne!

Greetings everyone!

Good news today – we’ve added another geek to the team!

Geeksdanz officially welcomes A’nne Collins (pronounced Ah-Nay) to the Geeksdanz family! Check out the Meet Your Geeks page for her bio, and stay tuned for her responses to the entrance interview!

Challenge Mode comes to Pittsburgh on April 19th, 2013. Don’t forget to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, and donate to our Indie Go Go campaign!

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Challenge Mode comes in April!

Be on the lookout for pictures to tide you over till April. Here’s the first:

Enjoy!

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Announcing!

Level up with the Geeksdanz gang as they careen through high-energy combat missions and button-mashing solo stages, all in pursuit of the ever-elusive “100% Completion” bonus.

Set to the music of artists from OverClocked Remix (http://ocremix.org), Challenge Mode is your favorite video games as you’ve never experienced them before!

$5 Suggested Donation. Stay tuned for show dates and times!

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Meet Your Geeks: Ella!

Good news everyone! Geeksdanz is proud to welcome its newest member, Ella Mason! Check out our interview with her below!

GD: How did you get into dancing?
EM: When I was 9 I saw my older brother perform in our high school’s musical. I asked my mom for musical theater classes. The acting and voice lessons at the local studio were the same night as Hebrew school so instead I got signed up for ballet and tap. I ended up falling in love with dance and I think things turned out for the best. I still can’t speak Hebrew though. . .

GD: What appeals to you the most about dance and dancing?
EM: I love that dance, whether I’m viewing it or doing it, engages my non-verbal mind. It completely changes how I approach the world and my relationships with the people, non-human animals, and even plants and objects around me. One of the most basic definitions of life is that living creatures move. Dancing makes me aware of my aliveness.

GD: What dance piece or choreographer do you love, and why?
EM: So many. . . but I’m currently crushing on Pina Bausch. Her movement is luscious but not gratuitous – it’s always in service of a larger drama or idea. Everyone should see “Pina” on the big screen!

GD: What do you do in “real life”?
EM: I am a massage therapist and I also teach dance. You can find out more about what I do on my website www.movementandmassage.com.

GD: Other than dancing, what do you do for fun?
EM: I am an obsessive knitter and I love working on a project while listening to an episode of This American Life or Radiolab. I also enjoy reading, making waffles, and making fun of my cat.

GD: What excites you most about working with Geeksdanz?
EM: I’m excited about delving into geeky topics and figuring out how to make dances about some unlikely things. . . I like trying to physicalize the abstract and getting to play around in the studio with a bunch of other geeks!

Welcome aboard, Ella! You can find her full bio in the Meet Your Geeks Page!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012