50 years ago, three non-dancers created what would become one of this country’s most recognizable & beloved dance companies – invited to perform around the globe, at events ranging from the Oscars to the Olympics, and with some of the world’s greatest influencers, thinkers, and creators.
Four@Play is a rare chance to see Pilobolus return to its roots with a small, intimate group of four dancers in a “mixtape” of vintage favorites. Adults & kids alike will giggle at the hilarious antics of ‘Walklyndon’, see the stillness and beauty of the natural world reflected in ‘Shizen’, and be marveled by seemingly impossible physical feats.
It’s a perfect way to reignite your passion for the magic of a live performance – and is perfect for the whole family.
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic.
6 pm Gates open
6:30 pm Performance begins
Rain Date: August 2
In person tickets | Adults $35; children under 12 $20
Seating is limited and we strongly advise attendees to purchase tickets in advance. Any available tickets sold at the gate will be by credit card only.
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 went on to create dozens of dance works with its founding members: Robby Barnett, Alison Chase, Martha Clarke, Moses Pendleton, Michael Tracy, and Jonathan Wolken.
In the 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 physical planes.