North American Premiere of Pilobolus' Shadowland

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North American Premiere of Pilobolus' Shadowland

Time: November 20, 2015 at 7pm to December 6, 2015 at 7pm
Location: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Street: 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square
City/Town: New York
Website or Map:
Phone: 212-998-4941
Event Type: north, american, premiere
Organized By: Helene Davis
Latest Activity: Sep 27, 2015

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Event Description

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will present the North American premiere of Shadowland, a groundbreaking theatrical experience by the internationally acclaimed Pilobolus Dance Theater, running for three weeks, from November 20 – December 6, 2015.


Pilobolus’s Shadowland is an euphoric mix of shadow-theater, dance, circus, and rock concert.  The surreal and gripping story of a girl’s coming of age takes audiences on an eye-popping thrill ride, and features a world-premiere finale that plays tribute to New York City.  


Shadowland begins at bedtime, as an adolescent girl prepares for sleep and longs to be grown up. She soon finds herself trapped in a distorted dream world in which she meets phantasmagoric animals, freaks, and monsters, all created by a cast of Pilobolus performers who miraculously transform their bodies into unimaginable shapes and figures.  Following the twisted path of adolescence itself through encounters that are at once comic, threatening, seductive, and transformative, Shadowland celebrates the strange power of dreams to reveal who we’re born to be.


Shadowland combines Pilobolus’s legendary choreographic approach to partnering and its inimitable inventiveness with the style of shadow-theater that the company first developed for the 79th Academy Awards. It was created in collaboration with indie rock songwriter, composer and singer David Poe and with Steven Banks, playwright, actor, musician and head writer for “SpongeBob SquarePants.”  The show is currently playing to sold-out houses across Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Asia, and South America.


Click links for video previews of Shadowland:


Pilobolus is an internationally acclaimed collective, renowned for its unique, diverse collaborations that ignore preconceived barriers between creative disciplines. The company is committed to constantly making things, always creating collaboratively, and always exploring ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. Pilobolus was founded in 1971 by a group of Dartmouth College students with no training in dance and no interest in playing by the rules. They employed an inventive naïveté that the contemporary “Pilobolus 2.0” energetically applies to the diversity of opportunities in today’s world.  The company puts its intense creative energy into action in the communities where it performs, teaching groups of people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities new ways of thinking independently, forming genuine human connection, working collaboratively, and finding beauty in unexpected places.


Tickets: Pilobolus will perform November 20 – December 6, 2016 (see complete schedule, below). Tickets are $30 - $70 and may be purchased online at, by phone at 212.998.4941, or in person at the NYU Skirball Center Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00–6:00 P.M. The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.


*There will be a pre-show talk before the afternoon performance

**There will be a post-show discussion following these performances

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