Pilobolus dance troupe: good ideas are like a mouse in your house
November 17, 2018 2:40 PM Subscribe
"It's named for a sun-loving fungus that lives in cow dung, but the dance form of Pilobolus, which has been gaining momentum for more than 30 years, is a lot more exciting, but we'll let you judge for yourself" (an interview and performance segment from 9 years ago, related to Pilobolus' 2007 Oscar performance). How Pilobolus brings shadows to life (Wired Masterminds video). Pilobolus is more than shadow-dancing, but that creativity and whimsy is always present. From early on, the company "made a specialty of playful topsy-turvy entanglements that defied anatomical logic" and which sometimes "gave rise to bizarre imagery" (blurb from an almost hour long Pilobolus Dance Theater performance/ lecture, recorded in 1998 at C. D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, VA).
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.Pilobolus previously:
- Pilobolus Dance Theater (October 23, 2011) -- a brief overview
- OK Go Dance (July 29, 2011) -- OK Go + Pilobolus = All Is Not Lost (plus another overview of the dance company)
- The stilt palm. Easter lilies. Pilobolus. (January 17, 2001) -- Plants that move, and the people who study them.
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