Texas Tech Presidential Lecture & Performance Series Presents Pilobolus Dance

Written by Sherrel Jones

The Texas Tech Presidential Lecture & Performance Series continues its spring season with the world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theatre.

The event will begin at 8 p.m. March 2 in the Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building. Also, Pilobolus members will conduct a master class at 10 a.m. March 3 at the Student Recreation Center in room 114, providing a learning opportunity to a select group of Texas Tech Department of Theatre and Dance students. The media is welcome to attend the class.

“Pilobolus will dazzle Lubbock audiences,” said Jo Moore, Presidential Lecture & Performance Series administrator. “Since its early years, Pilobolus has redefined dance and movement. To quote from a review from the Buffalo News, ‘To watch Pilobolus in action is to witness the kind of athleticism and choreography that broke ground for Cirque du Soleil.’ The dancers become an organic form unto themselves. Pilobolus’ grace, strength and humor shine through in their work.”

Pilobolus began in 1971 as an outsider dance company, and quickly became distinguished for its imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration. Today, Pilobolus is a new genre of dance in American dance theatre and has evolved into an American arts organization of the 21st century.

Pilobolus performs for stage and television audiences all over the world and have made appearances on CBS’s 60 Minutes, the Academy Awards, the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Late Show with Conan O’Brien. 

Other events in the series include the Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour at 2 p.m. April 18 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre. The tour is a project of The Santa Fe Opera's Education and Community Programs Department, which allows a group of about 40 young opera performers to expose audiences to their talent and opera.

Tickets for Pilobolus Dance Theatre are on sale for $12 at the Student Union ticket booth. Students are allowed one free ticket with a valid student ID. Admission for Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour is free. For more information, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/cvpa/college/president/Spring2010.asp.

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CONTACT: Jo Moore, administrator, Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0700, or jo.moore@ttu.edu