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Pilobolus Dance Theatre

US modern dance company founded in 1971 by Moses Pendleton and Jonathan Wolken, fellow students at Dartmouth College. The company took its name from a phototropic fungus found in New ...

Pilobolus Dance Theater

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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...Pilobolus Dance Theater US modern dance company founded in 1971 by Moses Pendleton and Jonathan Wolken , fellow students at Dartmouth College. The company took its name from a phototropic fungus found in New England and it developed a form of sculptural dance theatre combining acrobatics, gymnastics, pantomime, and modern dance with striking visual effects and optical illusions. The dancers are all involved in the creative process, sometimes collaborating with outside artists such as puppeteer Basil Twist who co-created Darkness and Light ( 2008 ). Over...

Pilobolus Dance Theatre

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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621 words

... 1990 the Pilobolus Institute was established to promote educational activities, such as workshops, teaching engagements, choreography projects, and tours to schools, further expanding the company's activities. In 1996 , Pilobolus celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. Johnson, Robert . Pilobolus Evolves to Beat the Recession . Dance Magazine (February 1992). Kisselgoff, Anna . Not Ballet, Not Acrobatics, but Pilobolus! New York Times (20 November 1977). Matson, Tim . Pilobolus . New York, 1978. Videotape “Pilobolus Dance Theatre,” Dance in America ...

Pilobolus Dance Theatre

Pilobolus Dance Theatre  

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US modern dance company founded in 1971 by Moses Pendleton and Jonathan Wolken, fellow students at Dartmouth College. The company took its name from a phototropic fungus found in New England and it ...
Moses Pendleton

Moses Pendleton  

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(b Lyndonville, Vt., 28 Mar. 1949)US dancer, choreographer, and company director. Studied dance with Alison Chase. He co-founded Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971 (with Jonathan Wolken) in his senior ...
Momix

Momix  

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Modern dance company founded in 1980 by Moses Pendleton, co-founder of Pilobolus, and Alison Chase. It takes its name from a brand of cattle feed. Its members, describing themselves as ...
Daniel Ezralow

Daniel Ezralow  

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(b Los Angeles, c.1957)US dancer and choreographer. He trained locally and at the University of California (Berkeley) before going to New York in 1976 where he studied with the Ailey and Joffrey ...
Martha Clarke

Martha Clarke  

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(b Baltimore, 3 Jun. 1944)US dancer, choreographer, and theatre director, renowned for her multi-disciplinary approach. She studied at the Peabody Conservatory and at the Juilliard School with Tudor ...
Félix Blaska

Félix Blaska  

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(b Gomel, Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, 8 May 1941)French dancer, choreographer, and company director. He graduated from the Paris Conservatoire in 1960 and danced with the Marquis de Cuevas ...
Momix

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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...Momix Modern dance company founded in 1980 by Moses Pendleton , co-founder of Pilobolus, and Alison Chase. It takes its name from a brand of cattle feed. Its members, describing themselves as ‘dancer-illusionists’, perform works which combine gymnastics, acrobatics, modern dance, circus, and visual theatre with imaginative lighting and props. The company frequently...

Ezralow, Daniel

Ezralow, Daniel (c.1957)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...Ezralow, Daniel ( b Los Angeles , c .1957 ) US dancer and choreographer . He trained locally and at the University of California (Berkeley) before going to New York in 1976 where he studied with the Ailey and Joffrey companies. He made his debut with Bruce Becker and Jane Kosminski 's 5 × 2 Plus Dance Company ( 1976–9 ), going on to dance with the companies of Lubovitch ( 1978 ), P. Taylor ( 1979–83 ), and Pilobolus. In 1983 he formed Momix with other ex-members of Pilobolus and went on to co-create many works for both companies. A prolific...

Pendleton, Moses

Pendleton, Moses (28 Mar. 1949)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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... Lyndonville, Vt. , 28 Mar. 1949 ) US dancer , choreographer , and company director . Studied dance with Alison Chase . He co-founded Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971 (with Jonathan Wolken ) in his senior year at Dartmouth College and stayed with the company as a full-time member until 1980 , after which he continued to choreograph sporadically for them. In 1980 he founded Momix Dance Theater which he continues to direct. A master of illusionist theatre both comic and fantastical, he choreographs dance sculptures that bring together acrobatics,...

Clarke, Martha

Clarke, Martha (3 Jun. 1944)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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...) US dancer , choreographer , and theatre director , renowned for her multi-disciplinary approach. She studied at the Peabody Conservatory and at the Juilliard School with Tudor and Sokolow. She danced with Anna Sokolow's company ( 1963–1966 ) and Pilobolus Dance Theater ( 1971–8 ) then in 1978 she co-founded Crowsnest Dance Company with the French choreographer Félix Blaska and the Pilobolus dancer Robby Barnett . As a choreographer she became best known as the creator of full-length works which blurred the distinctions between dance and theatre, the...

Blaska, Félix

Blaska, Félix (8 May 1941)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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...American Dance Festival in 1979 . He performed in and collaborated on several Clarke productions, including The Garden of Earthly Delights ( 1984 ) and Vers la flamme ( 1999 ). He also created a duet for himself and Martha Clarke for Pilobolus Dance Theatre in 1979 after which he continued to collaborate with Pilobolus. As a freelance choreographer his later works have included Charlotte (mus. Pärt , Ballet du Nord , 1990 ) and several productions for Circus Flora, featuring both animal and human performers. He has also worked in theatre, acting in...

Blaska, Félix

Blaska, Félix (8 May 1941)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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...a man who becomes the victim of his own hallucinations. The dance marked the first change from Blaska's previous vivid and lively choreography. He was much criticized in 1976 for Le Fou d'Elsa , which was based on the poems of Louis Aragon . In 1977 , Blaska completely changed both his company and his choreographic style; only a few ballets—such as Electro-Bach , which was danced without pointe shoes—remained in the repertory. During another stay in Paris, Blaska met the Pilobolus Dance Theater and subsequently created a duet for himself and Martha...

Rudner, Sara

Rudner, Sara (16 February 1944)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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...“Talking Dance” at Theatre Artaud in San Francisco. In April she again worked with Rogers, in an improvised, untitled performance, with the painter Deborah Freedman , at P.S. 122 in New York. In September 1990 Rudner began working with a group of women for whom she choreographed Eight Solos , first performed at Danspace in May 1991 . Rudner choreographed and danced a solo, Today , in a program directed by Patricia Hoffbauer at Wave Hill in the Bronx in July 1991 , and she performed in a work by Hoffbauer, Big Judy , at Dance Theater Workshop in ...

Stock, David

Stock, David (3 June 1939)   Reference library

Barbara A. Petersen and Andrew R. Martin

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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...the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and received grants and commissions from the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, Paderewski Fund for Composers, Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Cincinnati Symphony, Seattle Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, the Pilobolus Dance Theater, and many others. Stock has taught at several academic institutions and is Professor Emeritus at Duquesne University. In 1976 , he cofounded the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and is now its Conductor Laureate. He is an energetic champion of the music of contemporary...

Peaslee, Richard Cutts

Peaslee, Richard Cutts (13 June 1930)   Reference library

Joseph Brumbeloe and Elizabeth Perten

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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...York University's Music Theatre Program. Works ( selective list ) Dramatic Musical theater: Marat/Sade (P. Brook), 1964; The Serpent (J. van Itallie), 1970; The Fable (J. van Itallie), 1975; The Children's Crusade (K. Cavander), 1981; Animal Farm (P. Hall, A. Mitchell), 1984; Garden of Earthly Delights, 1984; Vienna: Lusthaus (C.L. Mee), 1986; Miracolo d’amore (M. Clarke), 1988; The Snow Queen (A. Mitchell), 1990; Moby-Dick (Peaslee and A. Mitchell, after H. Melville), 2005, rev 2008 Opera: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, 2001 Dance music: Happily Ever After...

Television

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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Current Version:
2005
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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6,378 words

...least of the achievements of Dance in America has been the diversity of its focus. The series not only lured mainstream choreographers who had remained skeptical of television's abilities, such as Jerome Robbins, Graham, and Balanchine, but it also examined companies that had rarely, if ever, received national exposure, including Paul Taylor , Pilobolus, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Feld Ballet. Programs have also been devoted to the life and work of Katherine Dunham, a survey of avant-garde dancing in New York, a special...

Dance

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Helen MYERS

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport (3 ed.)

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2016
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...form is common to both dance and certain sports such as gymnastics and figure skating. Athletics of Dance Some choreographers who desire to find new sources for virtuosic steps turn away from standard dance techniques to sports, acrobatics, weightlifting, and gymnastics. The US company Pilobolus combines gymnastic movements with modern dance in witty, sculptural dances. Contemporary US choreographers such as Molissa Fenley (b. 1954 ), and Elizabeth Streb (b. 1950 ) are also interested in athletics. Fenley’s grueling dances require great endurance, so...

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