World Premieres

ADF Commissions


Durham Performing Arts Center

Thursday, June 18 at 8pm
Friday, June 19 at 8pm
Saturday, June 20 at 7pm
Children's Matinee Saturday, June 20 at 1pm

Tickets on sale May 09

Making their annual summer pilgrimage to ADF, Pilobolus presents the ADF-commissioned world premiere of Thresh|Hold (2015). Created in collaboration with the Olivier Award-winning Venezuelan choreographer Javier de Frutos, Thresh|Hold is a physically daring quintet that takes us through the labyrinthine mind of a young woman as she confronts lost love. Fragmented memories burst back and forth through a moving door, catching us in an experience at once raging and tender, desolate and intimate. Day Two (1981) evokes a tribal atmosphere on the second day of the creation of the world, from its earliest forms of life to the moment at which creatures of the earth take flight into the air. Set to a soundtrack from Brian Eno and Talking Heads, Day Two captures the awe of evolution and the wonder of existence. Sweet Purgatory (1991) is a dance that explores sequentially a hovering premonitory world, its descent into Hades, and the determined climb back toward Purgatory and finally, out of an ominous post-apocalyptic surroundings toward hope. Rounding out the program, with a score by Alex Dezen of The Damnwells, Pilobolus will present Wednesday Morning, 11:45, a new, ADF-commissioned shadow work.

This performance contains nudity.

Thresh/Hold and Wednesday Morning, 11:45 are commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance.



Watch a video about Pilobolus’ Children’s Matinee program!

Pilobolus Rules @ Play from Pilobolus on Vimeo.

About pilobolus

Pilobolus – named after a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength – is a dance company founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971. Pilobolus continually forms diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the way we think about dance. Physically and intellectually, the company engages and inspires audiences around the world through performance, education and creative consultation.

Pilobolus propels itself in a variety of directions to reach these goals. The original company, Pilobolus Dance Theater, has been touring its 118 pieces of repertory to more than 64 countries over the last 42 years. Pilobolus’s Shadowland, the company’s evening-length show, currently touring Europe, the Middle East and Asia, has been seen by more than 750,000 people in the six years since it was created.

Pilobolus’s collaborative creative and educational research and development takes place through the Pilobolus Lab, in which the company invites diverse collaborators into residencies to create new work and develop methods to teach Pilobolus’s creative process to individuals and institutions. To date, the Pilobolus Lab has produced collaborations with Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, Penn & Teller, the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory, Art Spiegelman, Maurice Sendak, OK Go, Radiolab and many others.




“A Post Game Interview With Pilobolus” The Wall Street Journal

“Grammy-Nominated Pilobolus Gets Ready for the Big Night” Los Angeles Times