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PILOBOLUS DANCE COMPANY CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2011 WITH A VISIT TO THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

September 27, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

PILOBOLUS DANCE COMPANY

Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 27, 2011 – This award-winning modern dance ensemble is celebrated for its innovative choreography, eye-popping theatrics and movement that is so visually striking that it is “closer to sculpture than dance.” (Newsweek) Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011, Pilobolus Dance Company appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at 8 p.m., bringing an inventive program that showcases its daring physicality, breathtaking gracefulness and ingenious wit. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The program features a selection of works spanning the ensemble’s 40-year history, including 1974’s “Pseudopodia,” a tumbling tumbleweed solo set to an all-percussion score; 2011’s “All Is Not Lost,” the live companion to Pilobolus’ video collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning band OK Go; 1997’s “Gnomen,” an all-male piece dedicated to the memory of former Pilobolus dancer Jim Blanc; 2007’s “Rushes,” the first in a series of collaborations with world-renowned dance-theater makers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak; and 1978’s “Shizen,” a dance exploring coupling as a biomorphic reflection of the natural world, featuring meditative music by renowned flutist Riley Lee. The program is subject to change. 

“Pilobolus Dance Theatre has evolved from a small dance group at Dartmouth College into a groundbreaking and imaginative cultural institution,” says The Washington Post about this remarkable ensemble, which was formed in 1971 to explore an alternative form of contemporary dance and the collaborative choreographic process. Based in Washington Depot, Conn., the company’s works have appeared in the repertories of the Joffrey, Feld, Ohio, Arizona and Aspen/Santa Fe ballet companies in the United States; the Ballet National de Nancy et de Lorraine and Ballet du Rhin in France; and the Verona Ballet in Italy. Throughout the years, Pilobolus has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Brandeis Award, the New England Theatre Conference Prize and the Samuel H. Scripps Award. Now under two co-artistic directors – Robby Barnett and Michael Tracy – Pilobolus is focused on three main areas: Pilobolus Dance Theatre, the umbrella for a series of innovative and globally acclaimed concert dance companies; the Pilobolus Institute, featuring unique 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. Among the clients that have used Pilobolus Creative Services are Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, IBM, Merck, Dupont, MAC Cosmetics, the 79th Academy Award Ceremonies, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Conan O’Brien Show” and the NFL Network. The Creative Services unit has also produced two books for national distribution, “Twisted Yoga” and “The Human Alphabet,” and has collaborated with a number of noted American photographers on a calendar released annually.

 

Tickets for PILOBOLUS DANCE COMPANY are $22, $36, $44. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit cfa.gmu.edu.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

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