Pilobolus Essay

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"If you're lucky, every decade or so, you see an artist that makes you catch your breath because they are so totally innovative."-Charles ReinhartMr. Reinhart, in this case, was talking about Pilobolus. Not the sun-loving fungus Pilobolus, but the artistic form of modern dance that emerged in 1971. Pilobolus Dance Theatre is a touring company that uses weight-sharing techniques in order to build interesting shapes to portray different things.Pilobolus started in a dance class at Dartmouth College. It is composed of humor and invention that is self-led by the performers who choreograph, dance, manage, and publicize their own programs.There are four major branches of Pilobolus: the two touring companies, Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Pilobolus Too, The Pilobolus Institute, and ...view middle of the document...

PTOO provides workshops for all ages and even in-school performances. The have served many varieties of audiences, from the small, 200 person audience, to larger audiences of over 2000.Pilobolus has toured all over the world in many regions such as the United States, Central and South America, the Middle East, Russia, and Europe. They have received many awards over the past few years. These include the Scotsman Award, the Berlin Critic's Prize, the New England Theatre Conference Prize, the Brandeis Award, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award for Excellence, and even a Primetime Emmy Award.The Pilobolus crew even has their own vocabulary because "there was no name in the ballet technique for the shapes we were making," according to Michael Tracy, a member of Pilobolus Dance Theatre, which is made up of four men and six women. Vocabulary includes words such as "flogs," "galloping sofas," "fat gnomes," and "dolphins."Being a part of Pilobolus would mean you would have to have strength, skill, timing, and, most importantly, a lot of faith in those around you. Pilobolus dancers have been referred to as the strongest and most versatile in the business.The mission of Pilobolus is to "create and sustain an arts organization dedicated to the choreography and performance of dance-theater works at the highest level of imagination and energy and to use our organization and creative methodology to stimulate, educate, and expand the audience for dance through innovation, collaboration, and public service."The non-profit organization is supported by funds from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Tourism, Culture, History, and Film, and also organizations such as the Diebold Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust, J.L. Foundation Inc., and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

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