Celebrity Series of Boston will present Pilobolus October 24-26, 2014

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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director

October 24-26, 2014 — Citi Shubert Theatre


(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Pilobolus October 24-26, 2014 at Citi Shubert Theatre at 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. The performances will take place on Friday, October 24 at 7:30pm; Saturday, October 25 at 8pm; and Sunday, October 26 at 3pm. The Dance Series is sponsored by The Little Family Foundation and the John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation.


Tickets start at $35, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling Citi Charge at 866-348-9738, or at the Citi Shubert Theatre Box Office, 270 Tremont Street, Boston.


Pilobolus made their Celebrity Series debut in 1976. This is the company’s 11th Celebrity Series engagement; they were last presented in 2010.


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’ collaborations break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the way audiences think about dance. 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, has been seen by more than a half-million people in the three years since it was created.


Pilobolus’ collaborative creative and educational work takes place through the Pilobolus Lab, in which the company both convenes diverse artists in the development of new work and teaches its creative method to individuals and institutions. To date, the Pilobolus Lab has produced collaborations with Penn & Teller, the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory, Art Spiegelman, Maurice Sendak, OK Go, Radiolab, and many others. The Lab’s educational programming which applies Pilobolus’ unique collaborative process to help all kinds of groups work better and achieve common goals includes workshops, master classes, residencies and children’s programming. Educational partners include Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harlem Children’s Zone, American Dance Festival, and NYC and CT Public Schools.


Pilobolus Creative Services applies this same method of invention to business, offering a wide range of educational, directorial, design and movement services for film, advertising, publishing, and corporate groups and events. The company has collaborated with clients such as Avon, UTC, Wharton Business School, Google, the US Olympic Committee, the NFL Network, Pfizer, and many others.
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 such prestigious honors as 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.


On The Nature of Things [2014]*

Performed by three dancers balanced on a column, On The Nature Of Things explores the power of desire and its connection to shame and revenge.


All Is Not Lost [2011]

The live companion to Pilobolus’ video collaboration with the Grammy-winning band OK Go changes the way we look at dance through a kaleidoscopic view.


Automaton [2012]

Automation takes place in a world that allows us to view multiple angles at the same time and questions the difference between human and machine.


[esc] [2013]

Masters of trickery, Penn & Teller, team with Pilobolus to create the ultimate piece of gripping, do-not-try-this-at-home choreography.


Sweet Purgatory [1991]

Commissioned for Pilobolus’ 20th anniversary, this remarkable piece traces a path from Hades, through Purgatory, to Hope.


*Contains partial nudity
About Celebrity Series of Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 76-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 76 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.
The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger; Donna & Mike Egan; Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda; David & Harriet Griesinger; Paul L. King; The Little Family Foundation; Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation; Eleanor & Frank Pao; The John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation; Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma; Nancy Richmond Winsten; Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC; First Republic Bank; Foley & Lardner; Massachusetts Cultural Council;The Peabody Foundation; PTC; Tufts Health Plan; The D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investment Group, AMO; Vertex Pharmaceuticals.


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