CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 8, 2000
(BROADCASTERS: Pilobolus is pronounced pill-AH-boh-luss.)
Pilobolus Dance Theatre brings acrobatic artistry back to UI Hancher Sept.
29 and Oct. 1
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pilobolus Dance Theatre will return its acrobatic artistry
to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium with two completely different
programs at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.
The highlight of the Friday evening performance will be a work co-commissioned
by Hancher -- "Tsu-Ku-Tsu," featuring taiko drummer Leonard Eto,
a former lead player of the world-famous Japanese percussion group Kodo, which
will perform in Hancher later this season. Eto will also present a free lecture/demonstration
about the taiko drumming tradition at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in the lounge
of the UI International Center.
Other works on the Friday program are "Femme Noire," choreographed
by Alison Chase, "Gnomen," choreographed by Robby Barnett and Jonathan
Wolken, and "A Selection," created by Pilobolus artistic directors
in collaboration with legendary childrens-book author Maurice Sendak.
"A Selection" includes some partial nudity.
The Sunday family-friendly program (with no nudity) features "Particle
Zoo," "Pseudopodia," "Sweet Dream" and "Aeros"
-- all choreographed by members of the Pilobolus artistic team.
In a New York Times review, critic A.J. Hewat said of the Pilobolus-Eto
collaboration, "Hes got rhythm, theyve got moves: its
a fit!" In a Dance Insider review, Maura Nguyen Donohue called their
joint performance, "A sincere meeting of strength and grace."
Eto left Kodo after eight years and has since won kudos for his performances
with artists including Bob Dylan, the Chieftains and Bon Jovi. His original
works have been featured in films including "JFK," "The Lion
King," "The Hunted" and "The Thin Red Line," and
have been used for the figure skating performances of Olympian Elvis Stojko.
The Pilobolus performances in Hancher will conclude a three-and-a-half week
educational residency by the Pilobolus Institute, which applies the playful
Pilobolus creative process to all areas of study. Included have been school
workshops and community events in West Branch, Mt. Vernon, Iowa City, Cedar
Rapids, Wellman/Kalona and Columbus Junction.
In conjunction with the residency, the entire Pilobolus company will present
a performance on Hanchers Stage Door series for school groups at 10
a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.
The public is invited to be a part of the in-house audience for a broadcast
on the Iowa Communications Network at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in Hancher.
Tickets are not required for this free event.
Pilobolus -- named after a sun-loving fungus -- was founded in 1971 and
was almost immediately acclaimed for its startling mix of humor, invention
and acrobatic athleticism. Particularly noted from the start were its unprecedented
"living sculptures." Over the years Pilobolus has probably invented
more witty, acrobatic ways to stack, balance and propel performers than any
dance company in history -- causing audiences to alternately chuckle and gasp,
and leading Newsweek to dub them "as zany as the Marx Brothers, as clever
Generations of Pilobolus dancers (and their offshoot, Momix) have been hosted
by Hancher, including the commissioning and world premiere of "Rejoyce
-- A Pilobolus Finnegans Wake."
The commission of "Tsu-Ku-Tsu" was supported by Gary and LaDonna
Wicklund. The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Alliant Energy, Hills Bank and
Trust are corporate sponsors of the Pilobolus performances through the University
of Iowa Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for
Tickets for Pilobolus are $32, $29 and $27. UI students and senior citizens
qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to
UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half
Ticket-buyers may take advantage of volume discounts on most events in the
season. A simultaneous purchase of three to five events qualifies for a 15-percent
discount, and a simultaneous purchase of six or more events qualifies for
a 20-percent discount.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance
is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should
dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel
prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and
seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with
TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
Learn more about Pilobolus on the World Wide Web at <http://www.pilobolus.com>.
Leonard Etos homepage is <http://members.aol.com/chappa333/>.
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