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Tuesday, September 20 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Way Off Broadway: The Post-Industrial Squonk Phenomenon LIMITED

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Meet Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn, the creative geniuses behind Squonk, a brazen ensemble of makers and music technologists who have wowed audiences around the world with their surreal post-industrial productions. Since their start in a Pittsburgh junkyard 24 years ago, Squonk has created thirteen original productions and performed in more than 250 venues across the US, and on 3 continents. With strong priorities in being accessible and transformative, they’ve taught workshops, directed collaborative creations, and done residencies at myriad universities, museums, and middle schools.

Squonk’s two most recent productions will be featured at the open and close of Thrival Music. Each day will begin with a performance of Cycle Sonic, their brand new bike-inspired rock concert on human-powered moving platforms. And to close out each night, Pneumatica will play, featuring a 40-foot high moving statue surrounded with fans, turbines, and inflatables. Don’t miss this chance to meet the creators, two of Pittsburgh’s most fascinating personalities.

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Jackie Dempsey

Artistic Director, Squonk
Jackie Dempsey’s music has been called “hypnotic” by The New York Times, “gloriously eccentric” by Time Out New York and was nominated for Best Broadway Score by The Friends of New York Theater. With Squonk Opera, she has created twelve multimedia productions and has been... Read More →
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Steve O'Hearn

Artistic Director, Squonk Opera
Steve O’Hearn’s environmental and product designs, and theater productions have been recognized with over forty awards. The New York Times says he has “a cinematic visual vocabulary that makes you think of fever-dream movie directors like Peter Greenaway, Alejandro Jodorowsky... Read More →

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Squonk has created and toured our outdoor spectacles around the world, with reviews that include “insane majesty" from The Scotsman, “surreal and poetic” from USA Today and “ingenious, hallucinatory, hypnotic" from The New York Times. Squonkwork is fast, funny, and shameless... Read More →

Tuesday September 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA