New Orleans Ballet Association opens its 2012-13 season AMERICAN MOVES
with the highly anticipated return of
1: A sun-loving fungus 2: "The most popular dance company in the country" The New York Times
Hailed as "the most outrageously original dance company anywhere" (The New York Times), Pilobolus returns to open NOBA's season on October 20 at 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Pilobolus began as an experiment in a Dartmouth College dance class in 1971 and turned into a beloved American dance sensation. For over 40 years, Pilobolus has tickled the imagination and entertained the world with its breathtaking physicality that defies what is humanly possible. Named after a sun-loving fungus, this playful ensemble of gravity-defying, shape shifting dancers blends humor, mind-boggling movement and jaw-dropping athleticism to create a magical evening full of visual surprises. Delighting over a billion people with their unique style, the company has performed in 64 countries, wowed TV audiences with appearances on the Academy Awards, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, OPRAH and Sesame Street, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for their hit music video collaboration with the band OK Go.
Making its first New Orleans appearance in 1996, Pilobolus became an audience favorite, returning with sold out engagements in 1999 and 2003. Last seen in New Orleans almost a decade ago, the company brings an enchanting program for the entire family with five quintessential works, including Rushes, All Is Not Lost, Gnomen, The Transformation and Megawatt.
The Program: Rushes (2007) is the first work created as part of Pilobolus' International Collaborators Project in partnership with world renowned Israeli dance-theater makers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak. The classic quartet Gnomen (1997) showcases the physically daring men of the company. All Is Not Lost (2011) is the wildly fun companion work for the Grammy-nominated video collaboration with the band OK Go. Playing with multiple perspectives, gravity, and dimensionality, the piece changes the way we look at dance through a kaleidoscopic view of human connection. Part dance, part shadow act and part circus, The Transformation (2009) is a surreal story of a young girl's sensational world as she comes of age, created in collaboration with the lead writer of SpongeBob SquarePants Steven Banks. The finale of the evening Megawatt (2004), is a full-throttle, full-company piece with ultra-dynamic moves set to the music of Primus, Radiohead and Squarepushe and is a breathtaking display of the company's physical endurance and prowess. Megawatt is "fascinating and rebellious, an important work of dance" (Fort Worth Star Telegram).
Tickets ranging from $20-$80 may be purchased through the New Orleans Ballet Association Box Office at (504) 522-0996 or online at www.nobadance.com - or through TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Discounts are available for students, seniors, and groups.
The company will also conduct a Pilobolus style master class of improvisation and creative invention on Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 am - noon for students of the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance and Tulane University.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
In keeping with its fundamentally collective creative process, Pilobolus Dance Theatre now curates and convenes groups of diverse artists - including the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory, Art Spiegelman, OK Go, Radiolab, and many others - to make inventive, athletic, witty, collaborative performance works on stage and screen using the human body as a medium for expression. Pilobolus makes art to build community. It teaches its group-based creative process to performers and non-dancers alike through popular, unique educational projects and programs. This collection of activities is called the Pilobolus Institute. Pilobolus also applies its method of creative invention to a wide range of movement services for film, advertising, publishing, commercial clients, and corporate events. This division is called Pilobolus Creative Services. The 2012 season marks Pilobolus' 41st year. In keeping with the energy and spirit of its biological namesake - a phototropic fungus that thrives in farmyards - the company has continued to grow toward the light, expanding and refining its unique methods of collective creative production to assemble a repertoire of over 100 choreographic works. While it has become a stable and influential force in the world of dance, Pilobolus remains as protean as ever, looking forward to the next 40 years of collaborating on the future.
Pilobolus Dance Theatre is based in Washington Depot, Connecticut and performs for stage, television, and online audiences all over the world. The company has appeared late at night on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, early in the morning on Sesame Street, and in primetime as a feature on CBS's 60 Minutes. Pilobolus has performed live shows in 64 countries and has received a number of prestigious honors, including the Berlin Critic's Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming, and the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography, and a TED Fellowship for performing a TED Talk in 2005. In 2010, Pilobolus was honored as the first collective to receive the Dance Magazine Award, which recognizes artists who have made lasting contributions to the field. Pilobolus works also appear in the repertories of major American and European dance companies. In 2005, Pilobolus transferred its archive to Dartmouth College, where the company originated. Since then the College has been growing the "living archive" with a series of new work commissions.
ROBBY BARNETT, Artistic Director, was born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains and attended Dartmouth College. He joined Pilobolus in 1971.
MICHAEL TRACY, Artistic Director, born in Florence and raised in New England, met the other Pilobolus founders at Dartmouth in 1969, becoming an Artistic Director after graduating magna cum laude in 1973. He toured with Pilobolus for 14 years - for 8 as the only touring Director - and continues to choreograph and direct the company. He has set his work on the Joffrey, Ohio, Hartford, Nancy and Verona Ballets and choreographed a production of Mozart's Magic Flute with John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, and a national tour production for the National Theater of the Deaf. Mr. Tracy taught at Yale University for two decades and lives in northwestern Connecticut.
RENÉE JAWORSKI, Associate Artistic Director. Originally from Long Island, NY, Renée received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Upon graduating she began work with MOMIX, performing and teaching throughout the world and creating her own work in Philadelphia. In 2010 her Alma Mater honored her with the University's Silver Star Alumni Award for work as an artist in the field of dance. She has worked with Pilobolus since 2000, collaboratively working on and performing in exciting projects such as the 2007 Academy Awards, as well as directing, teaching, and choreographing for the many parts that make up Pilobolus.
MATT KENT, Associate Artistic Director, has worked with Pilobolus, Inc. since 1996 as a dancer, collaborator, creative director, choreographer, and associate artistic director. Matt has also worked closely with Rob Kapilow, creator of NPR's "What makes It Great?," on several original productions for symphonic stages including "Jabberwocky" a commission to reopen the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Matt is Head Executive Choreographer for Andre Heller's Magnifico, a large scale production touring German speaking Europe and choreographs and consults for television and stage around the world as well. Recent projects include Duncan Sheik's latest musical, "Whisper House," zombie choreography for AMC's "The Walking Dead," a Sports Emmy nominated teaser for the NFL network. He has performed in over 24 countries and on the 79th Academy Awards.
NOBA is the Central Gulf region's premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance. NOBA's dynamic Main Stage season annually features a diverse array of world-class companies and artists. Each year NOBA provides concerts, classes, workshops and lectures to more than 25,000 area dance enthusiasts of all ages. In addition, NOBA's nationally recognized award-winning education programs provide the youth of our community access to quality arts programs with over 3,000 free dance classes and workshops annually at ten sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area.
American Airlines is the official airline of the New Orleans Ballet Association and the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is the official hotel.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans (ACNO); a Community Arts Grant made possible through the City of New Orleans as administered by ACNO; a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the NEA. Martha Graham Dance Company is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the NEA and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
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