PILOBOLUS

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From the press release: PILOBOLUS RETURNS TOTHE JOYCE THEATER

(175 EIGHTH AVENUE)

FOUR WEEKS
THREE PROGRAMS
THREE NEW YORK PREMIERES
COLLABORATIONS WITH ROCKERS, ROBOTS AND MORE

JULY 11 – AUGUST 6

It wouldn’t be summer in NYC without the annual four-week engagement of the wildly popular Pilobolus Dance Theatre at The Joyce, this year from July 11 – August 6. Renowned for its imaginative and ingeniously intricate and athletic exploration of creative collaboration, Pilobolus will present three programs, each containing a New York premiere; Seraph, a solo performed with two robots that was created with MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; a new project with the Japanese dancer / choreographer Takuya Muramatsu; and All is Not Lost, a musical, video and movement piece created by the Pilobolus dancers with rocker (and YouTube) sensation OK Go. Tickets for Pilobolus at The Joyce range from $10-$59 (subject to change) and can be purchased by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or online at joyce.org. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street).

Program 1: NEW COLLABORATION WITH TAKUYA MURAMATSU
Pilobolus collaborates with Takuya Muramatsu, principal dancer and choreographer of Dairakudakan, the Japanese company renowned for combining traditional elements of butoh with the more expressive possibilities of contemporary dance. Blending Pilobolus’ signature partnering with Muramatsu’s atmospheric styling, the company creates a world of surreal physicality that explores how heroes are made and unmade. This program also includes Untitled (contains nudity), Transformation, Walklyndon, Duet 92, and Megawatt.

Program 2: ALL IS NOT LOST
On one side: a Grammy award-winning band whose inventive self-directed, crazily ambitious music videos have been viewed by record numbers. On the other side: a modern dance company, 40-years in the making, that started “thinking outside the box” before it was cool, has since pushed that box into shapes never before imagined and undertaken unprecedented, brilliant collaborations. Indie rock group OK Go teams up with the playful and poetic artists of Pilobolus to create a new live-taped-streamed-projected-hi def-dance-music project that is sure to satisfy fans of both. As is typical of OK Go, little is known about this project, other than it is set to the group’s hit All is Not Lost from the album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. Needless to say, the energy bursting out of the rehearsal studio is sparking a whole lot of excitement…
Also on this program: The Particle Zoo, Pseudopodia, Rushes and Day 2 (contains nudity).

Program 3: SERAPH
Perhaps the most unexpected collaboration on this season’s program is the new work Seraph, created in partnership with the engineers, programmers, and pilots of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) under the direction of Daniela Rus. The work explores the relationship between human and machine in a pastoral fable involving a solo performer and two flying robots. Set to a Schubert piano trio, the work explores the expressive potential of the robots, in the process presenting a powerful commentary on the fundamental nature of movement. The program also includes Tsukutsu, Shizen (contains nudity at selected performances), Hapless Hooligan in “Still

1 Comment

  1. It will be interesting to see if the nudity is just a couple of the women going topless, or if some of the men will be totally nude. Pilobolus has been shying away from the total nudity the company used to use on occasion back when it was first formed.

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