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American Dance Festival - Durham, NC

  • Durham Performing Arts Center 123 Vivian Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)

American Dance Festival

ADF Commissioned World Premiere!

“Pilobolus 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”—The Washington Post

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 piece, which they titled Pilobolus—and a legacy of movement and magic was born. This perennial crowd favorite will present an evening of work based on the five senses including Gnomen, a quartet for men with its lyrical exploration of relationships emerging from an unusually inventive physical vocabulary and Day Two, one of the company’s most amazing works set to a soundtrack from Brian Eno and Talking Heads that captures the awe of evolution and the wonder of existence. Additionally, Pilobolus teams up with Indie rocker Thao Nguyen in a new ADF commission to create the company’s first all-woman trio. Working in the mode of collage, the darkly comic, physically theatrical piece begins with myriad movement cliches that surround us every day, and then chisels away at them to reveal the nuances of power and the contradictions of identity. 

Evening performances contain nudity.

Tickets on sale May 1 – More information here


Members of Pilobolus will be in residency the week of May 21.