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Pilobolus Teams Up with Penn & Teller and More for 2013 Joyce Theater season










The Joyce Theater Foundation (Linda Shelton, Executive Director) and Pilobolus Dance Theatre are pleased to announce two new works which will have their New York premieres on the Joyce stage this summer during the annual 4-week Pilobolus summer engagement. 

Trish Sie, whose last collaborations with Pilobolus birthed the wildly popular works All Is Not Lost (2011) and Skyscrapers (2012), both set to songs of the same names by the alternative rock group OK Go, teams up with the company for a a high-octane romp, full of raw energy and berserk horseplay.  Tijuana's Nortec Collective has partnered to create the unique soundtrack, which fuses infectious modern rhythms and traditional Northern Mexican border music for this work that features 6 dancers…and 12 ropes.  

Pilobolus + Trish Sie Sneak Peek:

For the company’s second premiere, Pilobolus collaborates with international superstars of illusion, Penn & Teller, resulting in the ultimate in gripping, do-not-try-this-at-home choreography.  No rabbits and hats appear, but  astonishing physical illusions performed with fantasy, athleticism and strength are all at play in this tantalizing new work. 

Pilobolus + Penn & Teller Sneak Peek:

The 2013 Pilobolus Dance Theatre season at The Joyce will run from July 9 – August 4.  Tickets range in price from $10 - $59 (top price $44 for Joyce Theater members) and can be arranged by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or online at  Please note: ticket price is subject to change.  The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street).

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.”  Sie- a Featured Director at Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Director Showcase in Cannes in 2007 - won a Grammy Award for Best Short-Form Music Video and a YouTube Award for Most Creative Video for her work on OK Go’s “Here It Goes Again”.

PENN & TELLER (Creative Collaborator).  For more than 35 years Penn & Teller have defied labels—and at times physics and good taste-- by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy.  With sold out runs on Broadway, world tours, Emmy-winning TV specials and hundreds of outrageous appearances on everything from Letterman to Leno, Friends to The Simpsons, Chelsea Lately to Top Chef, comedy’s only team show no signs of slowing down.  With an amazing six wins, including 2011, as “Las Vegas Magicians of the Year,” their 10-year run at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino makes them one of the longest running and most-beloved shows in Las Vegas history, outselling every other resident magician on The Strip.  Their acclaimed Showtime series, “Penn & Teller: BS!” was nominated for 13 Emmys and is the longest-running series in the history of the network.  The show tackled the fakes and frauds behind such topics as alien abduction, psychics and bottled water. Their newest television venture, “Penn & Teller Tell A Lie” for the Discovery Channel premiered last October, and Penn is currently showing his business savvy on the new season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”  In the UK, they recently completed the first series of their highly –lauded return to British television, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us!” on which up-and-comers and magic veterans try to fool Penn & Teller for a chance to star in the duos’ hit Las Vegas stage show.  Along the way, they’ve written three New York Times Best-Sellers, hosted their own Emmy nominated variety show for FX, starred in their own Emmy winning specials for ABC, NBC and Comedy Central and produced the critically lauded feature film documentary The Aristocrats.  As individuals, they are just as prolific.  Teller directed a version of Macbeth that toured the East Coast to raves from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and has written two books.  Penn has written three books, including the 2011 New York Times Best Seller, “God No!”, hosted the NBC game show Identity and donned his ballroom shoes for the 2008 season of ABC’s hit Dancing With The Stars.  With inclusions in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, as answers on Jeopardy and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, their status as cultural icons and the preeminent duo in comedy was once again reinforced when Katy Perry personally asked them to co-star in the video for her #1 song, “Waking Up in Vegas.”  In early 2013, they were honored with their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

NORTEC COLLECTIVE PRESENTS: BOSTICH & FUSSIBLE (Creative Collaborator).  Nortec Collective emerged from the burgeoning Tijuana electronic scene, performing a style of music that they invented called Nortec - a fusion of Norteño ("from the North") and Techno, documenting the collision between the style and culture of electronica music, characterized by dance beats, and samples from traditional forms of Mexican music.  With two full group albums (Tijuana Sessions Vol. 1 and Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3) under their belts, the Nortec sound has been embraced by an international audience and has become an entire movement encompassing music, film and graphic design. The Nortec Collective is comprised of four artists:  Fussible (Pepe Mogt), Bostich (Ramón Amezcua), Clorofila (Jorge Verdín) and Hiperboreal (PG Beas).  Nortec Collective’s most recent Bostich + Fussible album ‘Bulevar 2000’ was a GRAMMY-nominated album as was their previous album.  As ‘Tijuana Sound Machine’ found Bostich + Fussible collaborating directly with Regional Mexican musicians in the studio, the group’s current standard live setup now features its backup band as well.  In recent years, Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible has played high-profile U.S. stages like Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Central Park SummerStage as well as around the globe from Sweden and Germany to Australia, Japan and China. Stars in their native Mexico who routinely headline major festivals, the duo is currently in the studio preparing its latest album set for release in the summer.


Pilobolus Dance Theatre is a modern performance company, founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971, that to this day keeps alive its founding vision as as an innovative, broadly accessible dance collective. The distinctive Pilobolus approach focuses on how people, working together, can create form and movement to breathtaking effect.  Pilobolus launched the International Collaborators Project in 2007, through which it curates and convenes groups of diverse artists—including Penn & Teller, the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory, Art Spiegelman, OK Go, Radiolab, and many others—to make inventive, athletic, witty, performance works on stage and screen using the human body as a medium for expression. Pilobolus makes art to build community. The company’s educational programs teach Pilobolus’s group-based creative process and the extraordinary power of group action to performers and non-dancers alike. Pilobolus also applies its method of creative invention to a wide range of directorial and design consultation services and movement services for film, advertising, publishing, commercial clients, and corporate events through Pilobolus Creative Services. Pilobolus tours a blockbuster evening-length entertainment spectacle overseas called Shadowlandthat has sold over 450,000 tickets to-date.  The 2013 season marks Pilobolus’s 42nd year. In keeping with the energy and spirit of its biological namesake—a phototropic fungus that thrives on cow dung—the company continues to grow toward the light, expanding and refining its unique methods of collective creative production to assemble a repertoire of over 100 choreographic works. While it has become a stable and influential force in the world of dance, Pilobolus continues to expand the limits of what dance is and can be, and who dance reaches and touches, continually striving to discover what is beautiful and possible with the human form.


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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