And now for something a little bit different.
Up next on stage is an exceptional group of rhythmic performers, yet they aren’t a musical act. They are talented assembly of artists, but they carry neither a paint brush or pencil. They are the inimitable, the astonishing Pilobolus. If you’ve never heard of them, you may be lifting up that rock you’re presenting living under and asking… Pill-lob-o-who?
Sure, it sounds bizarre. Don’t judge a group by its name; judge them by what they do.
And oh my, what they can do!
Pilobolus is a modern dance company that simply defies belief in their fusion of choreography and athleticism. Founded four decades ago, they are a diverse troupe that have broken through and pioneered a form of dance engaging the body, heart and mind. Winners of numerous accolades around the world, the have showcased in front of countless global audiences, and were even featured a few years ago during the Oscars. Their blend of dance and fluidity must be seen to be believed. In addition, they also can put on a heck of a shadow puppet show. For instance, take a look at this sequence from an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Never one to rest on their laurels, Pilobolus continues to break ground. They recently teamed up with the musical act OK Go to make a unique and amazing music video. Shot looking up at the dancers through a glass floor, it makes for a surreal but beautifully choreographed experience. The kaleidoscopic exhibition is for OK Go‘s song “All Is Not Lost.”
Pretty incredible, huh? The bottom of so many feet have never looked so friggin’ awesome.
For their efforts, Pilobolus and OK Go have been nominated for a Grammy. Oh, but that’s not all. There’s a more intereactive experience to be had at www.allisnotlo.st, where they have collaborated with Google to create a customized and video/experience that will continue to amaze.
Pilobolus may have a funny name, but have established themselves as the crown jewel of modern dance artistry. Soon, this company with an emphasis on creativity and elegance will be grooving their way onto The Paramount for two days of breathtaking exhibition. Come for the joy, wonder at the display of innovation, and marvel at the human form.
Don’t hesitate. Through clarity, what we may initially deem as odd can be revealed to possess immense beauty, much like life itself…