January 26th, 2018
We’ve just wrapped up an incredible tour of Europe and Asia, that led us from the Akropolis in Greece to the Great Wall of China. It’s been incredible to connect with a community that spans the globe, see old friends, and make new ones.
Pilobolus was recently invited to perform at the largest women’s university in the world: Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
We were honored to share this singular experience of cross-cultural exchange – as the first western dance company to perform in Saudi Arabia. Pilobolus loves to discover what is possible when people join together. Diversity and trust inspire our work, and we take advantage of every opportunity to perform for new audiences. In a moment when values about women’s roles and independence are shifting globally, our mixed-gender performance of Shadowland, a work exploring a young girl’s imagination, took on special meaning.
Our Saudi hosts graciously shared their beautiful country and culture with us, inviting us to see landmark buildings, and even race across the desert on horseback. We hope these personal connections and historic performances herald a new era of cultural partnership and arts access.