Arts & Culture
Pilobolus Dance Theatre Comes to Nashville
Internationally renowned dance company brings innovative performance to TPAC for one night only
NASHVILLE – A troupe of daring dancers with an international reputation will take the stage for one night in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets starting at $25 for this exclusive performance are now on sale and may be purchased at www.tpac.org, by phone at (615) 782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville.
Known for leaping, flying and breaking all the rules of dance, Pilobolus is named after a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength. Founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971, the company 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 shape-shifting, shadow-play and other explorations, while actively collaborating with the best and brightest minds from all conceivable professions the world over. To date, Pilobolus has collaborated with Penn & Teller, the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory, Art Spiegelman, Maurice Sendak, OK Go, Radiolab, and many others. The results of these collaborations have proven that amazing feats can be achieved, and Pilobolus has been recognized for its development of dance and multimedia art, described by The New York Times as “A new idiom of movement drama.”
Based in Washington Depot, Connecticut, Pilobolus has, in recent years, transformed from an avant-garde dance company into an international entertainment brand featured by 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, earning a 2012 Grammy® Award nomination for the video for OK Go’s “All Is Not Lost.”
Physically and intellectually, the company engages and inspires audiences around the world through performance, education and consultation. The company has been touring its 115 pieces of repertory to more than 64 countries over the last 42 years. Pilobolus achieves all this without ever losing sight of their core mission: to make art that builds community.
“Pilobolus is a mind-blowing troupe of wildly creative and physically daring dancers who leap, fly, intertwine and break all the rules…Audiences should expect the unexpected with Pilobolus.”
- NYC Newsday
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Over three decades, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 11 million audience members and served more than 1.5 million students and educators with performances at TPAC, resources for teachers, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs for adults. Founded in 1980, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with the annual series of HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of the three resident artistic companies—Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre. For more information, visit www.tpac.org.