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January 06, 2015

Witty, Gravity-defying Pilobolus Comes to PlayhouseSqaure Jan. 31 DANCECleveland Presents Celebrated Troupe for One Performance Only

CLEVELAND (Jan. 6, 2015) The wildly popular Pilobolus, world renowned for their gymnastic, gravity-defying dances, will take the stage at the State Theatre in PlayhouseSquare on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8 p.m. for one evening only.

Presented by DANCECleveland, Pilobolus is deeply rooted in experimentation, dance improvisation and self exploration, using the human body as a medium of expression to create form and movement with breathtaking effect.

Tickets, starting at $20, can be purchased at the PlayhouseSquare ticket office, 216-241-6000 or online at Groups of five or more can call DANCECleveland at 216-991-9000 for group rates.

The company will perform four works reflecting the variety of their repertory. "On the Nature of Things," inspired by ancient sculptures, is performed by dancers balanced on a two-foot wide column rising above the stage. It is set to music by Michelle DiBucci and Ed Bilous inspired by the classical baroque. The Washington Post in praising the work said, "There is a Sistine Chapel esthetic here, in the fleshiness, the impressive musculatures and the dancers' magical floating quality."

"All Is Not Lost," created by Grammy award winning OK Go, Pilobolus and Trish Sie, is the live companion to Pilobolus' video collaboration with OK Go. Playing with multiple perspectives, gravity and dimensionality, the piece changes how people look at dance through a kaleidoscopic view of human connection.

The troupe's dramatic flair and quirky sense of humor comes into play in the "The Inconsistent Peddler." With music by Perez Prado and Tom Petty, the work was created by four of Pilobolus' artistic leaders in collaboration with fiction writer Etgar Keret and filmmaker Shire Geffen.

The fourth piece, "Sweet Purgatory," is set to lush music by Dmitri Shostakovich and features dancers miraculously suspended in time and space, showcasing the dancers' combination of kinetic and physical capabilities.

In addition, Cleveland audiences will be the first to see the preview of a new Pilobolus work (Untitled 2015) prior to its premiere at a later date.

Pilobolus, named after a barnyard fungus and founded in 1971 by a group of Dartmouth College gymnastic students, is known worldwide for its inventive, athletic and witty performances for stage and screen. In recent years it has become an international entertainment brand with commercials, music videos and appearances on such shows as the Academy Awards, Oprah Winfrey Show, Conan O'Brien and the NFL Network, for which it received a Sports Emmy nomination.

For more information on Pilobolus and video of the company, visit:


DANCECleveland, a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit, is one of a handful of presenters nationally that is dedicated solely to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance. The centerpiece of the organization's programming is its annual performance series. The performances are surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run master classes, residency programs, student matinees, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed both to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio.


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