American Dance Festival (ADF), North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA): Pilobolus

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( Fri., Sep. 10, 2021 - Sat., Sep. 11, 2021 )

North Carolina Museum of Art Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Theater, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-6494


Pilobolus, the remarkable company that secured an iconic place in American culture in the early 1970s, is still wowing audiences with its irresistible mix of wit, sensuality, and stunning physical acumen. The company performs Megawatt (2004), made in the last decade of founder and choreographer Jonathan Wolken’s life. This revival of the work, made possible in part by ADF, is updated to expand its unfettered exuberance and frenetic expression of life-affirming creative drives and resistance to stagnation by casting dancers in roles that gently subvert stereotypical gender-associated movement vocabulary. Shizen (1978) means nature, and this dance explores coupling as a biomorphic reflection of the natural world. The shakuhachi music was composed by renowned flutist Riley Lee. Walklyndon (1971), one of Pilobolus’s very first works, is a silent dance owing much of its physical humor to slapstick and vaudeville. In the solo from The Empty Suitor (1980), a man flummoxed by seduction comically attempts to regain his footing in life. Nothing seems to go right for the hapless, hopeful beaux as he tries to win the affections of a calculating femme fatale.


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  • Friday, September 10, 2021 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM