Pilobolus

World Premiere

ADF Commission

Performances

Durham Performing Arts Center

Friday, June 30, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 1, 7:00pm
Children’s Matinee, Saturday, July 1, 1:00pm

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Featuring live music by banjo legends Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck!

Festival favorite Pilobolus returns! On the Nature of Things explores the birth of desire and its intertwined connection to shame and revenge. Rushes was the first of Pilobolus’s International Collaborators Projects and is the result of Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak’s collaboration with Pilobolus Artistic Director Robby Barnett and the company. Penn & Teller, team with Pilobolus to create the ultimate piece of gripping, do-not-try-this-at-home choreography in [esc]. Finally, the company will present the world premiere of Echo in the Valley, a new ADF-commissioned collaboration with Abigail Washburn and 16 time Grammy Award-winning banjo legend Béla Fleck.

This performance contains nudity.

  Echo in the Valley
is commissioned by ADF with support from the SHS Foundation and the Reinhart Fund.

Large print program is available here.

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.