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PILOBOLUS at The Joyce Theater this Summer for Four Weeks





Summer in the city is always hottest when the wildly popular Pilobolus Dance Theatre checks into the The Joyce for its annual four-week season, this year from July 16 – August 11.  Renowned for its ingeniously intricate and athletic creative collaborations, Pilobolus will present three New York premieres over two separate programs.  Premieres include a yet-to-be-titled collaboration with renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cheraoui; Azimuth, a group work created in collaboration with juggler/physicist extraordinaire Michael Moschen; and Skyscrapers, a video directed by filmmaker Trish Sie, set to the OK GO song by the same name.  Tickets for Pilobolus at The Joyce range from $10-$59 (subject to change) and can be purchased by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or online at  The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street).


COLLABORATION WITH SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI: From the Pilobolus studio in Connecticut comes a new collaboration with the internationally renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.  The result is a futuristic dance for six performers that takes place in a mirrored world somewhere between “Tron” and “Metropolis.”  Deep emotions punctuate the intoxicating rhythms of the machine in this emotional journey through a time that seems yet to come. 

SKYSCRAPERS: For this piece,  Pilobolus once again joins Trish Sie (co-creator of last year's Grammy-nominated Pilobolus/OK Go video and live dance, All Is Not Lost) to perform Sie's brilliant new OK Go video Skyscrapers as a work for the live stage.  Set against the gritty, saturated colors of LA's Eastside streets, Skyscrapers explores the melancholy, understated elegance of the tango as quintessential street dance, drenched in overtones of love, romance and loss. 

Other works in Program A are Gnomen, Duet and Megawatt.


AZIMUTH: The Pilobolus collaboration with MacArthur "Genius" Award-winning master juggler Michael Moschen turns the act of juggling on its side.  Uniting the underlying spirit of Pilobolus’ work—support, humanity, connection—with his own fascination with the emotional and physical properties that govern human interaction, Moschen investigates the geometries of the universe through objects that  roll in harmony with the dancers and the celestial machine.  Azimuth, an astrology term referring to the arc of the horizon, was choreographed by Renee Jaworski, Michael Tracy (both of Pilobolus) and Michael Moschen. 

This program also includes Pseudopodia, Korokoro, All is Not Lost and Sweet Purgatory.


Pilobolus began in 1971, as an outsider dance company, and has evolved into a pioneering American arts organization of the 21st century. The company now revolves around three nuclei of activity: PILOBOLUS DANCE THEATRE, the umbrella for a series of radically innovative and globally acclaimed concert dance companies; THE PILOBOLUS INSTITUTE, unique educational programming for schools, colleges, and public arts organizations,  as well as a series of classes and leadership workshops for corporate executives, employees, and business schools; and PILOBOLUS CREATIVE SERVICES, a division specializing in a wide range of movement services for film, advertising, publishing, commercial clients, and corporate events.  The company is based in Washington Depot, Connecticut and performs for stage and television audiences all over the world. 

MICHAEL MOSCHEN (Choreographer) is a juggler. He has created unique objects and manipulation techniques for Performance Theater for 30 years.  Using his self-taught creative process, he questions and explores what it is to be human.  Presently, he is completing a self-imposed challenge to create, from scratch, progressive physical skills and simple objects that celebrate each individual person’s ability to learn and share simple mathematics, music and physics.  Moschen is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.  

TRISH SIE (Creative Collaborator). With a background in modern dance, ballet, ballroom dancesport, and music, Sie conceptualizes, creates, choreographs and directs projects for film, television and the Internet.  She collaborated with OK Go to conceive and produce several of OK Go's music videos, including the Grammy-winning “treadmill video" and the “dog video.”

SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI’s (Choreographer) debut as a choreographer was in 1999 with Andrew Wale’s ‘contemporary musical,’ Anonymous Society.  Since then he has made more than 15 fully-fledged choreographic pieces and picked up a slew of awards, including the Fringe First award in Edinburgh, the special prize at the BITEF Festival in Belgrade, the promising choreographer prize at the Nijinsky Awards in Monte Carlo, the Movimentos award in Germany and the Helpmann award from Australia in 2007.  In 2008 Sadler’s Wells named him an Associate Artist and in 2009 the Alfred Toëpfer Stiftung conferred its Kairos prize to him in recognition of his artistic philosophy and his quest for cultural dialogue.  In 2008 and 2011 he was declared Choreographer of the Year by the dance magazine Tanz.  While Cherkaoui’s initial pieces were made as a core member of the Belgian collective, Les Ballets C. de la B. he also undertook parallel projects that both expanded and consolidated his artistic vision.  He has worked with a variety of theatres, opera houses and ballet companies, and from 2004–2009 Cherkaoui was based in Antwerp where he was an artist in residence at Het Toneelhuis.  Spring 2010 saw him reunited with co-choreographer Damien Jalet and Antony Gormley to make Babel(words), the third part of a triptych that began with Foi and Myth. Babel(words) recently triumphed at the 2011 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning best new dance production and outstanding achievement in dance for Antony Gormley.


The Joyce Theater Foundation, a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community and its audiences for three decades. Under the direction of founders Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc. acquired and The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea.  Opening as The Joyce Theater is 1982, it was named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther’s clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has provided an intimate and elegant home for more than 320 domestic and international companies. The Joyce has also commissioned more than 130 new dances since 1992. In 1996, The Joyce created Joyce SoHo, a dance center providing highly subsidized rehearsal and performance space to hundreds of dance artists, as well as special residency opportunities for selected choreographers to support the creation of new work. In 2009, The Joyce opened Dance Art New York (DANY) Studios to provide affordable studios for rehearsals, auditions, classes, and workshops for independent choreographers, non-profit dance companies, and the dance/theater communities. New York City public school students and teachers annually benefit from The Joyce’s Dance Education Program, and adult audiences get closer to dance through informative Dance Talks, Joyce Pre-Show gatherings, and post-performance Dance Chat discussions. The Joyce Theater now features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 135,000.

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Pilobolus will perform according to the following schedule at The Joyce Theater from July 16 – August 11: Monday – Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday and Friday at 8:00pm, and Saturday at 2:00pm & 8:00pm.    Tickets range in price from $10 - $59, and can be arranged by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or online at  NOTE: Ticket prices are subject to change.   The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

PILOBOLUS at The Joyce Theater Schedule

            Week 1                 

Monday, July 16                       Program A                                   7:30 PM       

Tuesday, July 17                       Program A                                   7:30 PM       

Wednesday, July 18                  Program B                                   7:30 PM       

Thursday, July 19                     Program B                                   8:00 PM       

Friday, July 20                          Program A                                   8:00 PM       

Saturday, July 21                      Program B                                   2:00 PM       

Saturday, July 21                      Program A                                   8:00 PM               

            Week 2                 

Monday, July 23                       Program B                                   7:30 PM               

Tuesday, July 24                       Program B                                   7:30 PM               

Wednesday, July 25                  Program A                                   7:30 PM       

Thursday, July 26                     Program A                                   8:00 PM               

Friday, July 27                          Program B                                   8:00 PM       

Saturday, July 28                      Program B                                   2:00 PM       

Saturday, July 28                      Program A                                   8:00 PM               

            Week 3           

Monday, July 30                       Program A                                   7:30 PM       

Tuesday, July 31                       Program A                                   7:30 PM       

Wednesday, August 1               Program B                                   7:30 PM       

Thursday, August 2                  Program B                                   8:00 PM       

Friday, August 3                       Program A                                   8:00 PM       

Saturday, August 4                   Program A                                   2:00 PM       

Saturday, August 4                   Program B                                   8:00 PM                

            Week 4           

Monday, August 6                    Program B                                   7:30 PM

Tuesday, August 7                    Program B                                   7:30 PM

Wednesday, August 8               Program A                                   7:30 PM          

Thursday, August 9                  Program A                                   8:00 PM

Friday, August 10                     Program B                                        8:00 PM

Saturday, August 11                 Program B                                   2:00 PM

Saturday, August 11                 Program A                                   8:00 PM

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Leadership support for The Joyce Theater’s 2011–2012 season has been received from the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.

MetLife Foundation is the official tour sponsor of Pilobolus and the lead supporter of accessible and inclusive programming at The Joyce Theater. 

The Joyce Theater’s Dance Presentation Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional support has been provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund to encourage the performances of out-of-town companies at The Joyce Theater. 

Major support for The Joyce has been provided by Alphawood Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, First Republic Bank, The Hearst Foundations, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the Fund for the City of New York, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.

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