The Georgia Tech Office of the Arts continues the 2013-2014 Ferst Center Presents series with a performance by Pilobolus on April 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Known for its creativity and inventive wit, Pilobolus returns to the Ferst Center with five works including AUTOMATON (2012), a collaboration with internationally celebrated choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui that questions the difference between human and machine, and [esc] (2013), a full company piece created in collaboration with master magicians Penn & Teller that explores ideas of fantasy, athleticism and escape. THE TRANSFORMATION (2009), OCELLUS (1972) and LICKS (2013) round out the evening’s featured repertory.
Pilobolus—named after a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength—is a dance company founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971. Pilobolus continually forms diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the way we think about dance. Physically and intellectually, the company engages and inspires audiences around the world through performance, education and consultation. Pilobolus propels itself in a variety of directions to reach these goals. The original company, Pilobolus Dance Theater, has been touring its 115 pieces of repertory to more than 64 countries over the last 42 years. Pilobolus “Shadowland,” the company’s evening-length show currently touring Europe, the Middle East and Asia, has been seen by more than a half-million people in the three years since it was created.
Pilobolus has been featured across the world at the 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007), and on “Sesame Street,” “Oprah,” “60 Minutes” and “Late Night with Conan O’ Brien.” It has been recognized with several prestigious honors including the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choreography and a TED Fellowship for presenting at the TED conference in 2005. Pilobolus holds the 2011 Guinness World Record for fitting the most people into a Mini Cooper (26), and in 2012, the company was nominated for a Grammy Award for its interactive music video collaboration with OK Go and Google Chrome Japan, “All is Not Lost.” Recently, Pilobolus was honored as the first collective to receive the Dance Magazine Award, which recognizes artists who have made lasting contributions to the field.
For ticket information and directions (349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30032-0468) contact the Ferst Center Box Office at 404-894-9600 or visit www.ferstcenter.org.