Pilobolus Dance Theater Comes to the McAninch Arts Center for One Performance Only Thursday, April 17

GLEN ELLYN, IL – International dance sensation Pilobolus Dance Theater brings an exciting selection of their spellbinding works from their repertoire to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC), 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn, Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m. This performance is recommended for ages 13 and up. For tickets and more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.

Known for their expressive use of shadow play and shape shifting, Pilobolus Dance Theater has made it their mission to make art that builds community. “At various points in a performance of Pilobolus Dance Theater, you forget what you’re looking at; the dancers move so skillfully, so symbiotically, that they cease to resemble people at all,” says The New Yorker.

>From the 22 works in their active repertoire, Pilobolus Dance Theater has selected these five unique pieces for the MAC engagement:

  • “AUTOMATON” (2012) was co-created by Pilobolus associate artistic director Renée Jaworski and the internationally renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The result is a cyborg of a dance in a mirrored world somewhere between “Tron” and “Bladerunner which questions the difference between human and machine.”
  • “Skyscrapers” (2012). Set against the gritty, saturated colors of LA’s Eastside streets, this quick-change duet explores the melancholy, understated elegance of the tango and quintessential street dance, using overtones of love, romance, and loss. Pilobolus once again joins Trish Sie (co-creator of last year’s Grammy-nominated Pilobolus/OK Go video and live dance, “All Is Not Lost”) to re-imagine Sie’s video for Chicago’s alternative rock band OK Go as a work for the live stage.
  • “OCELLUS” (1972). Choreographed by Pilobolus’ founding members Robby Barnett, Lee Harris, Moses Pendleton, and Jonathan Wolken, “Ocellus” is second work ever created by the company and uses a classic Pilobolus men’s quartet to explore the precision and grace with which bodies move when they are continually connected to one another.
  • [esc] (2013). Masters of trickery, Penn & Teller, teamed with Pilobolus to create the ultimate piece of gripping, do-not-try-this-at-home choreography. Fantasy, athleticism, strength, confinement, fetters and escape are all at play in this tantalizing full company work.

Licks (2013). This collaborative work of Pilobolus Dance Theater with choreographer Trish Sie is a high-octane romp, full of raw energy and berserk horseplay. Featuring 12 ropes and six dancers, the piece is wild, rowdy, dangerous, sexy, and absurd. Tijuana’s Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible created the unique soundtrack, which fuses infectious modern rhythms and traditional Northern Mexican border music.

Founded in 1971, Pilobolus has built its fervent and expanding international following by showing the human body to be the most expressive, universal, and magical of media. Pilobolus maintains its own singular style, evolving interplay with shapeshifting, shadowplay and other explorations, while actively collaborating with the best and brightest minds from all conceivable professions the world over. The results of these collaborations has proven amazing feats can be achieved, and Pilobolus has been recognized for its developments in dance and multimedia art.  Based in Washington Depot, Conn., in recent years Pilobolus has transformed from avant-garde dance company into an international entertainment brand featured on the likes of “Oprah,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and the Academy Awards. The company has explored worlds as disparate as advertising, publishing, film, and music videos (Pilobolus was nominated for a 2012 Grammy® Award for the video for OK Go’s “All Is Not Lost”). Pilobolus achieves all this without ever losing sight of their core mission: to make art that builds community.

Pilobolus Dance Theater comes to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, Thursday April 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $48. This performance features partial nudity and is recommended for ages 13 and up. A MAC Chat discussion by the artists of Pilobolus Dance Theater will take place in the Belushi Performance Hall immediately following the performance. For tickets and more information, visit AtTheMac.org or call 630.942.4000.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) on the campus of College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn, is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, houses three performance spaces (the 800-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall, the 184-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theater and the versatile 70-seat black box Studio Theater), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the 1,200 capacity outdoor Patio Stage. This unique facility has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes each season more than 75,000 patrons annually, from the greater Chicago area.

The MAC began major renovations in fall 2012 to update its three performance spaces, construct a new art gallery and outdoor patio stage, and make improvements to the infrastructure, teaching and learning spaces and patron service areas. MAC completed its 14-month, $35 million renovation in December 2013 and officially opened its doors to the public with the MAC Madness Celebration on March 8. The MAC renovation was funded as part of the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org. You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or on twitter at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942-2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.