Armitage Gone! Dance was launched in 2005 when Karole Armitage returned to the U.S. after fifteen years working in Europe. Once known widely as the “punk ballerina,” Armitage has the unusual distinction of performing prominently in the works of both George Balanchine and Merce Cunningham. She has also worked with a wide range of collaborators, from visual artists such as Jeff Koons and David Salle (who provided the décor seen here) to pop icons including Madonna and Michael Jackson. More recently, she has added Broadway choreographic credits to her résumé, with Passing Strange in 2008 and the hit revival of Hair in 2009. She describes this work as “a voyage that mixes contemplation and visceral experience, and explores the tension between grace and a world out of joint.” The company returned in 2010, presenting a program that included Three Theories.