who we are
who we are
The Blanket is a producing organization that exists to expand dance in Pittsburgh. We seek to help artists realize collaborative projects that bridge the gap between Pittsburgh and the greater dance community. The Blanket commissions choreographers and artists from the wider dance world to create work on Pittsburgh dancers, in Pittsburgh venues, in collaboration with Pittsburgh artists/organizations. We will facilitate and produce new projects and bring revivals to Pittsburgh, giving local artists and audiences the opportunity to experience (and take part in) the very broad spectrum of the dance as an art form.
Long time friends and colleagues, Caitlin Scranton and Matt Pardo founded The Blanket in 2016 in order not only to foster collaboration between Pittsburgh and the greater dance field, but also to have control over the curation and presentation of the works in which they participate. They seek to grant greater authority to the dancer while presenting collaborative and expansive projects in the city.
We work project-by-project, giving us more freedom than the classic dance company. With this model we are able to explore and commission a broad range of projects and artists, to foster diversity, and to cast a wide net. We seek to create a cross-cultural/cross-genre exchange, and to establish recurring opportunities for the city and the field. We offer performance opportunities to dancers, as well as classes, workshops, talks and mentorship. Keep checking back to see what projects we have in the works!
Matt Pardo, holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2016) and an advanced honors B.F.A from the University at Buffalo (2007). He has danced for the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Groundworks Dance Theater, RG Dance Projects, and the River North Chicago Dance Company (apprentice). He was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Dancers in the World for 2010-2011”, one of 10 Americans, by Dance Europe Magazine. Teaching and choreographic credits include American Dance Festival, Skidmore College, Broadway Dance Center, Slippery Rock University, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Centre National de Danse (Paris), and Point Park University to name a few. In 2011, Matt joined the Lucinda Childs Dance Company and spent 7 years touring as a company member and company class-instructor performing and teaching in more than 20 countries. He recently returned to LCDC as a guest artist to perform in the company’s production of Available Light (Lucinda Childs/Frank Gehry/John Adams) for Lincoln Center’s 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival. His opera credits include the world tour of the Olivier award-winning Philip Glass opera Einstein on the Beach and performances with the Pittsburgh Opera in the Daughter of the Regiment, directed and choreographed by Séan Curran. Upcoming publications include an article in the Journal of Dance Education exploring how to develop a practice of performance and an insert in the recently released Genius Guide to College Dance Programs by Angela Carter. Pardo is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Union and is an assistant professor of dance at Shenandoah University. (matt-pardo.com)
Caitlin Scranton is from Pennsylvania. She studied dance at Dance Theater of Iowa, Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Ailey School, and in 2005 received a BA in History from Smith College. In NYC she’s worked with Cornfield Dance, Mark Dendy, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Paul Singh, Ramon Oller and the Peridance Ensemble. Caitlin joined the Lucinda Childs Dance Company in 2009 as a soloist and dances featured roles in Ms. Childs’s work, including the recent revival of the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson opera Einstein on the Beach. Since 2010 she has also danced for the New York-based choreographer Christopher Williams, with whom she is currently touring The Indian Queen, an opera directed by Peter Sellars, and a new production of Rameau’s Dardanus by the Opéra National de Bordeaux. Caitlin studied Arts Management at NYU and worked for the Cunningham Studio, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, and Cornfield Dance in dance education, programming, and development.
photos by Jesse Anders