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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Pilobolus Dance Theatre
To Perform March 14
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: Feb. 28, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present Pilobolus Dance Theatre Tuesday, March 14. The Artists Series performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The State: Regional Arts Center, 316 Eau Claire St.
"As zany as the Marx Brothers, as clever as Houdini" (Newsweek), Pilobolus sprang from a Dartmouth College dance class in 1971 with a clear desire to make something new. The group was immediately acclaimed for its startling mix of humor and invention. Today Pilobolus is a major American dance company of international influence, a deeply committed collaborative effort with four artistic directors and six dancers contributing to one of the most popular and varied repertoires in the field. Almost three decades of making dances now stand as a testament to the company's position as an artistic collective of remarkable fruitfulness and longevity.
"The Piloboli create their own gravity, establish their own vocabulary of abstraction," The Los Angeles Times wrote. "Complicated geometric patterns sprout and grow organically. Wondrous shapes emerge, merge, split and remerge."
The physical vocabularies of Pilobolus works are not drawn from the long traditions of codified dance movement but are invented, emerging from intense periods of improvisation and creative play. This process has been the source of much interest, and in 1991 the company inaugurated the Pilobolus Institute, an educational outreach program that uses the art of choreography as a model for creative thinking in any field.
The Artists Series program will include four works: "The Particle Zoo" (1990), choreographed by Pilobolus artistic directors Robby Barnett, Michael Tracy and Jonathan Wolken; "Femme Noire" (1999) and "Uno, Dos, Tray" (1999), choreographed by artistic director Alison Chase; and "Day Two" (1980), directed by Moses Pendleton, one of Pilobolus' founders.
Profiled on both PBS-TV's "Dance in America" and "Great Performances" series, Pilobolus lives and works in Washington Depot, Conn., a small town in the state's rural northwest, and performs for stage and television audiences all over the world. The company has received several prestigious honors, among them the Berlin Critics Prize, the Brandeis Award, the Scotsman Award for performances at the Edinburgh Festival, the New England Theatre Conference Prize, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award for Excellence, and in 1997 a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming.
"Dancing is but one part of their multi-faceted talent," wrote The Montreal Star. "They are also acrobats capable of elevating their physical prowess into a breathtaking art, as well as theatre and mime artists. These abilities they combine in an evening's entertainment, flecked with wit, which literally explodes with imagination and originality, presented with a stunning sense of visual aesthetics."
Tickets are $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and over and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
Patrons also may charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Feb. 28, 2000