Pilobolus is not just one thing. The world-renowned organization, based in Washington Depot, Conn., isn’t strictly a dance performance troupe, an education outreach program or a creative service company—it is all three. And one of those wings, Pilobolus Dance Theatre (appearing this week in Park City) doesn’t strictly demonstrate its prowess in modern dance, performance art, gymnastics or shadow play. The performers incorporate them all—and more—in their highly collaborative art process.
Founded in 1971 by two non-dancers, the group quickly rose to popularity for its artistic wit and unabashed showmanship of the human form. After four decades, the company has graced the world’s most famous stages, in addition to performing at the Academy Awards, on late-night television shows, in commercials and more.
The group boasts a repertoire of more than 100 works where two hallmarks have remained consistent: imagination and discovery. Pushing boundaries of movement language as well as physics, the group will perform works new and old for their Utah appearance.
“Pseudopodia” (1974) is a tumbling solo set to an all-percussion score, while the more recent “The Transformation” (2009) demonstrates the company’s shadow play. The rarely performed classic “Duet” (1992) is brought back in celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary. Two females provocatively reveal relationship highs and lows focusing on power and domination while subtly portraying intimacy and hope. These three pieces will be shown with three others for a unique and unforgettable evening of movement.