Press Release: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Pilobolus

October 27-29, 2017 — Boch Center Shubert Theatre

For Immediate Release
Contact: Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445,
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(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Pilobolus October 27-29, 2017, at 8pm at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. The performances will take place on Friday, October 27 at 7:30pm; Saturday, October 28 at 8pm; and Sunday, October 29 at 3pm. The Dance Series is sponsored by the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, and the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation. This performance is also generously sponsored in part by The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp.

Tickets start at $50, and are available online at, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre Box Office, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the 12th Celebrity Series performance for Pilobolus; they made their debut as the Pilobolus Dance Theatre in 1976 and were seen most recently in 2014.

Pilobolus began at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1971. Moses Pendleton, an English literature major and cross-country skier; Jonathan Wolken, a philosophy science major and fencer; and Steve Johnson, a pre-med student and pole vaulter were enrolled in a dance composition class taught by Alison Becker Chase. In that class, they created their first dance, which they titled “Pilobolus” —and a legacy of movement and magic was born.

Pilobolus crystallinus is a phototropic (light loving) fungus. Commonly known as “Hat Thrower,” its spores accelerate 0–45 mph in the first millimeter of their flight and adhere to wherever they land. The father of Jonathan Wolken was studying pilobolus in his biology lab when the group first formed. The name was apt, and stuck.

The group then went on to create dozens of dance works with its founding members Robby Barnett, Alison Chase, Martha Clarke, Lee Harris, Moses Pendelton, Michael Tracy, and Jonathan Wolken. In the more than four decades since, Pilobolus has performed on Broadway, at the Oscars, and the Olympic games, and has appeared on television, in movies, in advertisements, and in schools and businesses and created over 120 dance works. The company continues to propel the seeds of expression via human movement to every corner of the world, growing and changing each year while reaching new audiences and exploring new visual and musical planes.



On the Nature of Things

CREATED IN 2014 BY: Robby Barnett, Renée Jaworski, Matt Kent, and Itamar Kubovy in collaboration with Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Benjamin Coalter, Matt Del Rosario, Eriko Jimbo, Jordan Kriston, Jun Kuribayashi, Derion Loman, Nile Russell, and Mike Tyus.

Music Adapted and Produced by Michelle DiBucci

Original Music and Sound Design by Edward Bilous and Michelle DiBucci

Performed by three dancers balanced on a two-foot wide column rising above the stage, On the Nature of Things explores the power of iconic bodies to tell a story about the birth of desire and its intertwined connection to shame and revenge. The score, produced by Michelle DiBucci is an adaptation of Vivaldi’s Cum Dederit and Violin Concerto, No.9 with additional music by Edward Bilous and Michelle DiBucci.

The Inconsistent Pedaler

CREATED BY COLLABORATORS: Etgar Keret, fiction write and Shire Geffen, filmmaker

The Inconsistent Pedaler, an absurd, acrobatic, and lyrical collaboration between Pilobolus, fiction writer Etgar Keret, and filmmaker Shira Geffen that opens up a mesmerizing physical world.

Echo in the Valley

CREATED 2017 BY COLLABORATORS: Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Renee Jaworski and Matt Kent in collaboration with Itamar Kubovy, Mark Fucik and Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Krystal Butler, Heather Jeane Favretto and Jacob Michael Warren.

COMMISSIONED BY: American Dance Festival
Darkness. Deep under the earth. Three lights . Searching. And then… A body.

Working with Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Pilobolus premiered Echo in the Valley at the 2017 American Dance Festival. Starting off in this partially illuminated world, Echo in the Valley uses just one small wooden platforms manipulated magically by the dancers to explore resilience and hope as antidotes to the often dark fate of the physical here and now.


Created in 2017 by Renée Jaworski and Matt Kent
in collaboration with Itamar Kubovy, Mark Fucik
and Antoine Banks-Sullivan, Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Krystal Butler, Isabella Diaz, Heather Jeane Favretto, and Jacob Michael Warren.
COMMISSIONED BY: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Commissioned by the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Branches is a new work scored entirely with natural sound. Premiered on the Pillow’s iconic Inside/Out stage set against the Berkshire hills, this piece looks at the competition and struggle between animals and the situations that develop from this competition. Branches searches for the comedy in our Darwinian world in a way that is inherently unique to Pilobolus.


About Celebrity Series of Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 79-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

From orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series has been bringing great artists to Boston’s major concert halls for nearly eight decades. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Leslie & Howard Appleby, Amy & Joshua Boger, the Barr Foundation, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, the French-US Exchange in Dance, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, Melinda & James Rabb, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mrs. Belinda Herrera Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.


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