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Pilobolus Dance Theatre Brings Dynamic Program to PSU

by on October 14, 2012 1:10 PM

The internationally acclaimed Pilobolus Dance Theatre, which has been creating inventive, athletic, witty and collaborative performance works since 1971, performs a mix of new and classic pieces at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $38 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $31 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at (814) 863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

The Penn State program includes five works. Automaton, a new collaboration created with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, questions the difference between human and machine. Skyscrapers, set against the gritty, saturated colors of Los Angeles’ Eastside streets, is drenched in overtones of love, romance and loss.

Gnomen, a Pilobolus classic, explores relationships through an unusually inventive physical vocabulary. All is not Lost, which aims to change the way people look at dance through a kaleidoscope view of human connection, is the live companion to the dance troupe’s video collaboration with Grammy-winning band OK Go. Megawatt is an ironic take on the high-voltage state of the world.

Based in Connecticut, Pilobolus performs for stage, television and online audiences across the globe. The troupe has performed live shows in more than 60 countries.

“Pilobolus,” a Washington Post reporter asserted, “embodies a large part of what the best in contemporary dance is all about: discovery. Making something new with the same standard body parts the rest of us have.”

(Editor's note: This presentation might include partial or full nudity. Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints is not offered before the presentation, but a discussion among Pilobolus company members and the audience follows the performance. MetLife Foundation is the official tour sponsor of Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Don and Mary Ellen Fisher sponsor the Penn State presentation.)

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