AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL
Music - Dance - Theatre - Visual Arts - Film
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Pilobolus maintains its own singular style, evolving interplay with shapeshifting, shadowplay and other explorations, breaking down barriers between disciplines and challenging the way we think about dance. Pilobolus invites you to engage with childlike wonder at a performance that features classic and brand-new repertory – ranging from the silly to the surreal to the sublime.
“Grace meets physical agility to create movement that is as lyrical as it is astonishing.” -The Sunday Oregonian
“There are other companies that take art to extremes, but Pilobolus proves once more that it does it best.” -Philadelphia Inquirer
“Although formed way back in 1971, Pilobolus still exudes an aura of freshness and often revolutionary concepts that other dance companies don’t even approach”
-Classical Voice of North Carolina
Pilobolus began at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1971. Moses Pendleton, an English literature major and cross-country skier; Jonathan Wolken, a philosophy science major and fencer; and Steve Johnson, a pre-med student and pole vaulter were enrolled in a dance composition class taught by Alison Becker Chase. In that class, they created their first dance, which they titled “Pilobolus” —and a legacy of movement and magic was born.
Pilobolus crystallinus is a phototropic (light loving) fungus. Commonly known as “Hat Thrower,” its spores accelerate 0–45 mph in the first millimeter of their flight and adhere to wherever they land. The father of Jonathan Wolken was studying pilobolus in his biology lab when the group first formed. The name was apt, and stuck.
The group then went on to create dozens of dance works with its founding members Robby Barnett, Alison Chase, Martha Clarke, Lee Harris, Moses Pendelton, Michael Tracy, and Jonathan Wolken. In the more than four decades since, Pilobolus has performed on Broadway, at the Oscars, and the Olympic games, and has appeared on television, in movies, in advertisements, and in schools and businesses and created over 120 dance works. The company continues to propel the seeds of expression via human movement to every corner of the world, growing and changing each year while reaching new audiences and exploring new visual and musical planes.
Generous support has been provided by Barbara and Larry Freiman.