2021 American Dance Festival, Together We Dance: Pilobolus
Pilobolus, the remarkable company that secured an iconic place in American culture in the early 1970s, is still wowing audiences with its irresistible mix of wit, sensuality, and stunning physical acumen.
• “Megawatt” (2004) was made in the last decade of founder and choreographer Jonathan Wolken’s life. This revival of the work, made possible in part by ADF, will be updated to expand its unfettered exuberance and frenetic expression of life-affirming creative drives and resistance to stagnation by casting dancers in gender roles that gently subvert stereotypical gender-associated movement vocabulary.
• “Shizen” (1978) means nature, and this dance explores coupling as a biomorphic reflection of the natural world. The shakuhachi music was composed by renowned flutist Riley Lee.
• “Walklyndon” (1971), one of Pilobolus’ very first works, is a silent dance owing much of its physical humor to slapstick and vaudeville.
• In the solo from “The Empty Suitor” (1980), a man flummoxed by seduction comically attempts to regain his footing in life. Nothing seems to go right for the hapless hopeful beaux as he tries to win the affections of a calculating femme fatale.
Program lasts approximately 60 minutes with no intermission
American Dance Festival Sponsors
ADF’s Together We Dance outdoor festival is made possible with support from SHS Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, North Carolina Arts Council, City of Durham, North Carolina Museum of Art, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Durham Arts Council, Fox Family Foundation, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and Duke Health.
The restaging of “Megawatt” by Pilobolus is supported by SHS Foundation and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Photo by Juliana Sohn