Pilobolus: BIG FIVE-OH!
Apr 15, 2023
Please note: this performance of BIG FIVE-OH! includes partial nudity.
Artist Q&A will follow the performance.
For their 50th anniversary celebration, Pilobolus returns to Northrop to question its own “givens,” turn its traditions sideways, and bring its past into the future. As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus—that feisty arts organism—puts the “Oh!” in BIG FIVE-OH! as it continues to thrill its way into audiences’ hearts and minds. The celebration includes the world premiere of a new work by alum Gaspard Louis, vintage classics, and—in the paradoxical Pilobolus tradition of breaking with tradition—dynamically reimagined works for a never-before-seen Pilobolus experience.
“The old symbiosis of strength, skill and shape glows into poetry” —The New York Times
“An ever-changing kaleidoscope of intertwined configurations” —The Advertiser
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The Paramount – About Pilobolus
Britannica – Pilobolus (Fungi) Britannica Page
Berkshire Eagle – Pilobolus sees dance through the lens of nature
Times Union – Dance troupe Pilobolus lithe on its feet at 50
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Pilobolus calls themself a “rebellious” dance company. Since 1971, Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and power of connected bodies. In Rules @ Play, a lively, interactive show created specifically for youth audiences, the dancers explore how rules provide opportunities to solve problems, overcome challenges–and even spark creativity.
Pilobolus believes that, no matter their ability, everyone can dance—a philosophy that extends beyond the stage. As a company, they bring decades of experience telling stories with the human form to show diverse communities how to maximize group creativity, solve problems, and generate joy through the power of nonverbal communication. This season, Northrop has partnered with the Autism Society of Minnesota, offering a Sensory Friendly Lounge at this and other select performances to provide all guests with a welcoming space before and during the performance.
For their 50th anniversary, Pilobolus is celebrating with BIG FIVE-OH!, an evening-length performance featuring vintage classics and trend-setting shadow pieces. In an interview with Times Union, co-director Renée Jaworski called out their collaborative spirit, “I don’t think we would have survived so long if we didn’t have the power of the group.”
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.