Due to the prediction of inclement weather the Pilobolus performance on Friday August 25 has been rescheduled to the rain date of Friday September 22. August tickets will be honored in September – please contact Karen Hudkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like your ticket refunded. If you did not have tickets for the August performance, but would like to attend the September performance, you may still purchase tickets.
Pilobolus is back at Hill-Stead, for the third consecutive year, with two pieces set against the beautiful hillside: The Ballad, a collaboration with Darlene Kascak, Schaghticoke Tribal Nation member and traditional storyteller and educator, and Branches, a serene, full company piece that invites the audience to escape their screens and notice the beauty and absurdity of our Darwinian world in an inherently Pilobolus way.
For 50 years, Pilobolus has been one of this country’s most recognizable and 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.
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic.
6 pm Gates open
6:30 pm Performance begins
This event was rescheduled from the August 25 performance due to bad weather. The August 25 tickets will be honored for the September performance.
In person tickets | $25 adults; $15 children (12 and under)
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.