Dance

Gravity-Defying Dance at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

Pilobolus is a must-see dance troupe—even for those who don’t dig dance.

Photo courtesy of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn

Although I like to think of myself as a cultured person, certain things don’t appeal to me. So while you’ll frequently find me at concerts, museums, and especially the theater, I rarely do dance. Despite New York City’s many talented and celebrated dance companies, the art form tends to leave me cold. But that’s not the case with Pilobolus.

Founded back in 1971 by a bunch of folks with no formal dance training, Pilobolus has evolved into one of the most sought-after companies in the world, appearing on TV, in movies, even at the Oscars and the Olympics. The troupe calls its work “dance theater,” and it routinely explodes the boundary between the two genres while also incorporating elements of circus, magic, and shadow puppetry. I don’t do well with abstract narratives, but even when I’m not sure how to interpret what I’m seeing, there’s plenty of eye candy to keep me spellbound.

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Photo courtesy of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn

Usually audiences pay big bucks to see Pilobolus perform in cavernous venues like the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. But on Thursday, July 6, you can catch the company outdoors at no cost as part of the summer-long BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! series. The evening features a pair of NYC premieres paired with two old favorites: On the Nature of Things, a death-defying pas de trois performed on a two-foot-wide column looming above the stage, and Rushes, a collaboration with fellow dance theater–makers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak about a community of broken dreams. Yeah, I know that sounds pretentious, but Pilobolus is always accessible…though often sensual and semi-clothed, so take note, parents!

Why You Should Go: Pilobolus is a mind-blowing mix of dance, theater, and acrobatics that wins audiences over, even if you dislike dance. Plus, it’s a rare chance to see the popular company at no cost outdoors. Pack a picnic dinner, and it’s a free and fierce date night.
 
Details:
Pilobolus at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
Prospect Park Bandshell
Enter at 9th Street and Prospect Park West, Park Slope
Thursday, July 6
8 p.m.; gates open at 7 p.m.
Free, though monetary donations are appreciated

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