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Pilobolus in Rare Area Appearance

KEENE, NH 10/15/01 - Keene State Colleges Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond will present, in a rare area performance, one of the worlds most popular dance companies, Pilobolus, Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. The Company, which sprang from a Dartmouth College dance class in 1971, is acclaimed for its new vision of modern choreography and its startling mix of humor and invention.

Tickets for the performance are $33 and $30 for the general public, $31 and $28 for seniors and KSC faculty and staff, and $17.50 and $16 for youth 17 and younger. At present the performance is sold out; however, tickets are sometimes returned to the box office on the day of a show. Those still wishing to attend should contact the box office (603-358-2168) about availability. Those attending the performance should note that at least one of the dances on the program will include partial nudity.

The performance is funded in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pilobolus drew its name from a phototopic zygomycete, a sun-loving fungus that grows in barnyards and pastures. Only a quarter of an inch tall it can throw its spores nearly eight feet, right over a cow.

Today it is a major American dance company of international influence. Yet, it has not forsaken its roots. From its home in rural northwest Connecticut, Pilobolus remains deeply committed to a collaborative effort with four artistic directors and six dancers to contribute to one of the most varied repertoires in the field. Their works are represented in the repertoires of major dance companies such as the Joffrey, Feld, Ohio, and Arizona ballets in the United States, the Ballet National de Nancy de Lorraine in France, and Italys Verona Ballet. In 1997 they received a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming.

The program they will perform at the Redfern Arts Center begins with Tsu-Ku- Tsu, choreographed in 2000 by Alison Chase in collaboration with Rebecca Anderson, Otis Cook, Josie Coyoc, Matt Kent, Gaspard Louis and Benjamin Pring. The music is by Leonard Eto. The 1997 Gnomen was choreographed by Robby Barnett and Jonathan Wolken to music by Paul Sullivan.

Michael Tracy in collaboration with Otis Cook and Renee Jaworski choreographed Piloboluss most recent work, Symbiosis. The music is Thomas Oboe Lees Morango…almost a Tango, George Crumbs God Music, Arvo Pårts Fratres, and Jack Bodys Long-Ge. The evening will conclude with Day Two directed by Moses Pendleton and choreographed by Daniel Ezralow, Robert Faust, Jamey Hampton, Carol Parker, Pendleton, Peter Pucci, Cynthia Quinn, and Michael Tracy. The music is by Brian Eno, David Byrne, and the Talking Heads.

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