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 Post subject: Pilobolus 35th Anniversary Season July 17 - Aug 12 at Joyce
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Pilobolus 35th Anniversary Season - July 17 - August 12 at The

For Immediate Release
Contact: Richard Kornberg/Tom D¹Ambrosio <> <>
212 944-9444





The wildly popular Pilobolus Dance Theater will celebrate its 35th
Anniversary season at The Joyce Theater this summer with a four-week season,
July 17 ­ August 12. The engagement features three distinct programs which
include two New York premieres ­ Memento Mori and Prism ­ plus the return of
the 1971 piece Pilobolus, the company¹s very first creation. To purchase
tickets, please call the JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or via the internet at The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th
Street) in Chelsea.

Program 1: PILOBOLUS
This anniversary season¹s first program, PILOBOLUS, will feature the dance
that started it all ­ Pilobolus, the 1971 work created by three Dartmouth
students that launched a company and started a dance revolution of unique
partnering and awe-inspiring athleticism. Also on Program 1 is last
summer¹s premiere Bugonia, a scintillating duet in which two women form one
unusual creature ­ part plant and part animal ­ that blossoms to Ed Bilous¹s
original score. The program also features Tsu-ku-tsu, Shizen, and Megawatt,
the original 20-minute dance which inspired last summer¹s wild
evening-length premiere Megawatt>Full Strength.

Program 2: MEMENTO MORI (New York premiere)
Memento Mori, the male-female pairing at the heart of this second program,
is a sweetly mirthful duet about youth-driven fantasies of growing older ‹
and perhaps a bit wiser. Music ranges from Debussy¹s haunting melodies to
the ethereal sounds of Björk, and Florence Foster Jenkins¹s hilarious
butchering of the Queen of the Night aria. Memento Mori is the farewell
performance of longtime company dancer Renée Jaworski, who is stepping down
after this Joyce season to become Pilobolus¹ rehearsal director.

Program 2 also features Aquatica, last summer¹s premiere set in the oceanic
underworld featuring an original score by Brazilian composer Marcelo Zarvos;
Walkyndon; Ben¹s Admonition, the dynamic duet for two suspended men; and Day
Two, which features an eclectic mix of music from Americana to the Talking

Program 3: PRISM (New York premiere)
In Prism, the New York premiere that is the centerpiece of the company¹s
third program, three men and one woman dwell in a sleek, urban world of film
noir mystery, where dancers lyrically disappear into darkness and re-emerge
in pools of light, all choreographed to the pulsing music of Coldplay. Also
on board for the third program is a revival of the stunning 1978 piece
Gnomen, not seen at The Joyce since 2000 and featuring an original score by
Paul Sullivan. Pseudopodia, Sweet Purgatory, and the Chaplin-esque solo
Solo from The Empty Suitor round out this exciting final program.

NOTE: The special opening night program on July 17 will feature Pilobolus,
Memento Mori (New York premiere), Tsu-ku-tsu, Symbiosis, and Megawatt.

The Pilobolus dancers are Andrew Herro, Jeffrey Huang, Renée Jaworski, Jun
Kuribayashi, Jenny Mendez, Manelich Minniefee, and Edwin Olvera.


PILOBOLUS (c r y s t a l l i n u s) is a phototropic zygomycete-a sun-loving
fungus that grows in barnyards and pastures. It¹s a feisty little thing-only
1/4 inch tall-that can throw its spores nearly eight feet. Right over a

It is also a highly unusual dance company, now celebrating its 35th
Anniversary. Pilobolus, the arts organism, germinated in the fertile soil of
a Dartmouth college dance class in 1971. What emerged was a collaborative
choreographic process and a unique weight-sharing approach to partnering
that gave the young company a non-traditional but powerful new set of skills
with which to make dances. Today Pilobolus is a major American dance company
of international influence. It has not, however, forsaken its original
impetus and remains a deeply committed collaborative effort with its three
current artistic directors (Robby Barnett, Michael Tracy, and Jonathan
Wolken) and seven dancers contributing to one of the most popular and varied
repertoires in the field. More than three decades of making dances now stand
as a testament to the company¹s position as an artistic collective of
remarkable fruitfulness and longevity.

Pilobolus lives and works in Washington, CT, a small town in the state¹s
rural northwest, and performs for stage and television audiences all over
the world. Pilobolus¹ works have also appeared in the repertoires of other
major dance companies including the Joffrey, Feld, Ohio, Arizona and
Aspen/Santa Fe Ballets in the United States, the Ballet National de Nancy et
de Lorraine and the Ballet du Rhin in France and Italy¹s Verona Ballet. The
company has received several prestigious honors, among them the Berlin
Critic¹s Prize, the Brandeis Award, the New England Theatre Conference
Prize, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award for Excellence and, in
1997, a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural
programming. In June 2000 Pilobolus received the Samuel H. Scripps American
Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography.

Pilobolus often collaborates with other organizations, among them the
National Theater of the Deaf, John Eliot Gardiner¹s Monteverdi Choir and
English Baroque Soloists and the Cleveland School of the Arts. The physical
vocabularies of Pilobolus works are not drawn from the long traditions of
codified dance movement but are invented, emerging from intense periods of
improvisation and creative play. This process has been the source of much
interest, in response to which the company, in 1991, inaugurated the
Pilobolus Institute, an educational outreach program which uses the art of
choreography as a model for creative thinking in any field. The Institute
teaches throughout the country and last year provided 35 weeks of
educational programming. Activities have included major projects for the
Lincoln Center Institute, The Juilliard School and The Joyce Theater Arts in
Education Program, as well as the Pilobolus-in-the-Schools program which, in
cooperation with Young Audiences, offers performances and workshops to
public school children around the Northeast. The Pilobolus Institute also
an ongoing residency in the Theater Studies Program at Yale University.

In 1996 Pilobolus announced the founding of a new two-person performing
company, Pilobolus TOO. Presenting a full-evening program of solos and
duets, Pilobolus TOO has been designed to perform in smaller or less
well-equipped venues, allowing the company to bring its work to more rural
and/or underserved areas of the country.

The third arm of the company¹s choreographic activity is Pilobolus Creative
Services. PCS has made television commercials for companies such as Mobil,
Toyota, Bloomingdale¹s and General Motors; has created many special live
events for corporations, including IBM, United Technologies, and Dupont; and
has presented gala performances for Joe Boxer, Marithe Girbaud, MAC
Cosmetics and Krizia. The company choreographed for and performed in Brian
Boitano¹s Skating Spectacular on NBC, completed a collaboration with the
Rockettes and a commission from the Smithsonian National Museum of the
American Indian.

The company has produced a body of over 85 choreographic works, and while it
has become a stable and influential force in the world of dance, Pilobolus
strives to remain as protean and surprising as ever.

* * * * * *

Performances are Monday through Friday at 8:00pm, and Saturday at 2:00pm and
8:00pm. All tickets are $42 and are available by calling JoyceCharge at
212-242-0800 or via the internet at The Joyce Theater is
located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.


PILOBOLUS Joyce Theater Schedule

Week One

Monday, July 17 Special Opening Program *

Tuesday, July 18 PILOBOLUS

Wednesday, July 19 MEMENTO MORI 8:00pm

Thursday, July 20 MEMENTO MORI 8:00pm

Friday, July 21 PILOBOLUS

Saturday, July 22 MEMENTO MORI


Week Two

Monday, July 24 PRISM

Tuesday, July 25 PRISM

Wednesday, July 26 PILOBOLUS

Thursday, July 27 PRISM

Friday, July 28 MEMENTO MORI

Saturday, July 29 PILOBOLUS


Week Three

Monday, July 31 MEMENTO MORI 8:00pm

Tuesday, August 1 PRISM

Wednesday, August 2 PRISM

Thursday, August 3 PILOBOLUS

Friday, August 4 PILOBOLUS

Saturday, August 5 MEMENTO MORI 2:00pm


Week Four

Monday, August 7 PILOBOLUS

Tuesday, August 8 MEMENTO MORI 8:00pm

Wednesday, August 9 PRISM

Thursday, August 10 PILOBOLUS

Friday, August 11 PRISM

Saturday, August 12 PRISM


* Opening night program: Pilobolus, Memento Mori, Tsu-ku-tsu, Symbiosis, and

* * * * * * * *

Leadership support for The Joyce Theater¹s 2005-2006 season has been
received from the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.

Additional support for this engagement was provided with public funds from
the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation
deserves great art, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state
agency, and with private funds from the Lila Wallace-Reader¹s Digest
Endowment Fund to encourage the performances of out-of-town companies at The
Joyce Theater. Major support for the season was received from Altria Group,
Inc., Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Harkness Foundation for Dance,
JPMorgan Chase, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Peter Jay Sharp
Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.

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