Apr 13 - Recommended for Grades 6-12
In-person / Livestream / On-demand through Apr 21

Apr 14 - Recommended for Grades 3-5

A lively, interactive show created specifically for a youth audience by one of the world’s most exciting dance companies. Throughout life, we all encounter rules, and we usually view them negatively. Rules @ Play explores how rules actually provide opportunities to solve problems and overcome challenges. They spark creativity, and in this case, give Pilobolus tools to make dances. Fun, engaging and accessible, Pilobolus dancers perform and analyze four of the company's pieces through movement and discussion on and off stage, showcasing the benefit of playing by the rules.


“An ever-changing kaleidoscope of intertwined configurations” —The Advertiser


Teacher & Student Resources

Find educational resources in the tabs below to use before and after the performance.

Pre-event Slideshow for the In-person Audience

Learn about the company, being in the theater, and more.

Pre-event Slideshow for the On-demand audience

Learn about the company, the performance, and more.

Write a Review

Use this writing activity for students to evaluate the performance in a review format.

Ask students to imagine that they are an arts critic for the school newspaper. They are going to write a review of the performance to inform others about what they experienced. They should describe with detail and accuracy:

  • What they saw 
  • What they heard 
  • What the performance was about (in their opinion) or the story it conveyed 
  • How the performance made them feel 
  • What the performance reminded them of 
  • What their favorite part was and why 
  • Would they recommend it and why

Remind the students that they must paint a picture of the experience with their words so that others who did not see the performance can imagine it as vividly as possible.


Connect with the company


Minnesota State Arts Board logo
PNC Bank logo

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.

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