Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts will present the Pilobolus Dance Theatre on Friday, Feb. 13, in a program of new works, major collaborations and an important revival.
Curtain time is 8 p.m. in Jones Hall.
Featured on the 2007 Oscar telecast, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Pilobolus Dance Theatre returns to Houston for one night only.
Pilobolus will perform a program featuring “Lanterna Magica,” a new, full-company work that immerses audiences in the spirit of the natural world; “Pseudophodia,” a tumbling tumbleweed solo set to an all-percussion score; “Darkness and Light,” a collaboration with acclaimed puppeteer Basil Twist; “Ocellus,” a classic Pilobolus men’s quartet revived for the 2008 season and “Rushes,” the result of a collaboration with Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak.
Pilobolus sprang from a Dartmouth College dance class in 1971 with a desire to create something new. Founded by Robby Barnett, Lee Harris, Moses Pendleton and Jonathan Wolken, the unique dance company became recognized for its mix of humor, invention and body sculptures.
Performances have long been characterized by physical interaction between the bodies of the performers, as well as contortions of the human form. Works performed are not drawn from traditions of codified dance movement but are invented – emerging from intense periods of improvisation and creative play.
The dance company has received numerous honors, including the Scotsman Award for performances at the Edinburgh Festival, the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the New England Theatre Conference Prize, the Bradeis Award, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award of Excellence and, in 1997, a primetime Emmy Award.
Pilobolus has made television commercials for such companies as Mobil, Toyota, Opel, Seibu, Hyundai, Bloomingdale’s and General Motors.
Prior to the performance, patrons are invited to attend the H-E-B Performance Prelude at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Hall Lobby featuring Wyldstyl Dance Company. Patrons are also welcome to stay for “Arts Talks” sponsored by Invesco AIM, a Q&A session with members of Pilobolus immediately following the performance.
Tickets range from $20-$60 and can be purchased online at www.spahouston.org, by phone at 713-227-4SPA or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615 Louisiana St.