Pilobolus Dance Company Comes to Center for the Arts

Posted: November 3, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

The award-winning modern dance ensemble Pilobolus Dance Company, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011, will appear at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m.

The program is designed to showcase the troupe’s trademark physicality, gracefulness and wit while celebrating the company’s history. The program (subject to change) will include:

  • 1997’s “Gnomen,” an all-male piece dedicated to the memory of former Pilobolus dancer Jim Blanc
  • 2009’s “The Transformation,” a shadow piece in which a young woman is transformed, a collaboration with Steven Banks, the head writer of the animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants”
  •  2011’s “Korokoro,” a collaboration with choreographer Takuya Muramatsu of the Butoh-dance style company Dairakudakan
  • 1992’s “Duet,” featuring two female dancers exploring themes of intimacy and misunderstanding
  • 2007’s “Rushes,” the first in a series of collaborations with world-renowned dance-theater makers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak

Over the years, Pilobolus has received the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Brandeis Award, the New England Theatre Conference Prize and the Samuel H. Scripps Award.

Now under co-artistic directors Robby Barnett and Michael Tracy, Pilobolus is focused on three main areas: Pilobolus Dance Theatre, the umbrella for a series of concert dance companies; the Pilobolus Institute, featuring educational programming for schools, colleges and public arts organizations, as well as a series of classes and leadership workshops for corporations and business schools; and Pilobolus Creative Services, a division specializing in a range of movement services for film, advertising, publishing, commercial clients and corporate events.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $22, $36 and $44. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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