ASHEVILLE NC – A returning favorite of Asheville audiences, Pilobolus Dance Theatre performs its breathtaking combination of humor and invention Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. Using everything from acrobatics to puppetry and shadow imagery, Pilobolus creates a metamorphosis on stage between physicality and illusion: “Bodies become imagery, and one image merges into another, organically, poetically, inexplicably,” says The New York Times. Pilobolus’s jaw-dropping athleticism and startling mix of humor has earned it the praise “the most popular modern dance company in the country” (New York Post).
Named after an ever-changing organism, and drawing inspiration from biology, Pilobolus has created a dance vocabulary all its own. Having performed throughout the U.S. and in 64 countries around the world, Pilobolus has also appeared at the 2007 Academy Awards, on OPRAH, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Sesame Street, and in a Grammy-Nominated viral music video collaboration with the band OK Go. The group has received numerous awards including the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography, and a TED Fellowship for performing a TED Talk in 2005. With its novel approach to dance infused with humor, science and incredible feats of the human body, Pilobolus makes modern dance accessible and fun for all.
Pre-Show Event: During both evenings of the Pilobolus performances, the theatre conducts its 5th annual raffle to benefit the Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S.) Fund. The theatre’s Y.E.S. Fund provides children the opportunity to experience the arts by attending Matinee Series performances. At the annual raffle, patrons can purchase raffle tickets for only $5 for a chance to win prize packages from regional businesses and artists such as art and craft gallery items, restaurant gift certificates, homemade goods, tickets for area performing arts venues and attractions, retail and services, and more. Winners are announced at the end of each evening. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the evening. All raffle ticket proceeds benefit local students.
Pilobolus’s Asheville performances are presented with support from The Art Fryar Charitable Trust Fund. The performances are made possible by Performance Sponsors Tom & Linda Goodwin, Steve & Rena Hoffman, Nancy Houha & William Hilson, and Jerry & Bill McAninch; and by Mainstage Dance Series Sponsors Wells Fargo, Hedy Fischer & Randy Shull, Tina & John McGuire, and Ronna & Rob Resnick; with additional support from Media Sponsors The Laurel of Asheville and WCQS 88.1 FM.
The Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is located in the same complex as the Asheville Art Museum and the Colburn Earth Science Museum and is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in all of Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2012/2013 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Citizen-Times, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.
To obtain more information on Pilobolus’s March 19 and 20 performances at Diana Wortham Theatre or to purchase tickets (Regular $48; Student $45; Child $20), call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com. Student Rush tickets ($10 for students with valid I.D.) are sold the day of the show, based on availability.