Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University


Wednesday, March 25, 2015
8 PM • $25–50

Smothers Theatre


More Dance


How to describe Pilobolus? Let's start with their namesake: a sun-loving, pasture-dwelling fungus that can shoot spores right over a cow, like clowns out of a cannon. Pilobolus' dance is just as astonishing—combining gymnastics, weight sharing, pop dance, and performance art in a delightfully whimsical human circus.

The company will perform five pieces: On The Nature Of Things, Skyscrapers, Automaton, The Inconsistent Pedaler, and Sweet Purgatory.


On The Nature Of Things (2014) Performed by three dancers balanced on a two-foot wide column rising above the stage, On The Nature Of Things explores the power of iconic bodies to tell a story about the birth of desire and its intertwined connection to shame and revenge.

Skyscrapers (2012) Set against the gritty, saturated colors of LA's Eastside streets, Skyscrapers explores the melancholy, understated elegance of the tango, quintessential street dance, drenched in overtones of love, romance, and loss. Pilobolus once again joins Trish Sie (co-creator of the Grammy-nominated Pilobolus/OK Go video and live dance, All Is Not Lost) to imagine Sie's brilliant new video for OK Go's Skyscrapers as a work for the live stage. This quick-change duet follows a never-ending, always-changing journey in search of connection.

Automation (2012) A new collaboration with the internationally renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The result is a cyborg of a dance that questions the difference between human and machine. Somewhere between Tron and Bladerunner, Automaton takes place in a mirrored world that allows us to view multiple angles at the same time. Deep emotions punctuate the intoxicating rhythms of the machine as we experience a journey through a time that seems yet to come.

The Inconsistent Pedaler (2014) A surrealist fable about a girl who rides a bicycle that has the power to speed up and slow down time, The Inconsistent Pedaler is an absurd, acrobatic, and lyrical collaboration between Pilobolus, fiction writer Etgar Keret, and filmmaker Shira Geffen that opens up a mesmerizing physical world.

Sweet Purgatory (1991) – Commissioned by American Dance Festival for Pilobolus' 20th anniversary. It is a response to the music of Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony and the remarkable orchestration for strings of his own 8th Quartet. The score suggests and the dance explores sequentially a hovering premonitory world, its descent into Hades, and the determined climb back toward Purgatory and finally, out of an ominous post-apocalyptic surroundings toward Hope.

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