October 11, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pilobolus, an American dance company with international influence, will perform Friday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

"Pilobolus is one of the major innovative dance companies that we have not previously been able to bring to the Weis Center," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "I am thrilled that we have finally been able to schedule this choreographically and athletically stunning company."

"This power is echoed in the dance company's unique weight-sharing approach to partnering," said Boswell, quoting from the company’s publicity materials. "Even without knowing all that, this is a brilliant and fun company to watch perform."

Dances incorporate powerful skills

The company takes its name from a tiny sun-loving fungus that can throw its spores nearly eight feet. Since its beginnings at Dartmouth in the early '70s, Pilobolus has emerged to perform choreographed dances that incorporate powerful, but nontraditional skills.

Pilobolus has won numerous awards, including the Berlin Critic's Prize, Brandeis Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming. In 2000, the company received the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography.

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office by calling 570-577-1000 or online at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/.  The box office in the Weis Center also opens one hour prior to performances.

This performance is made possible in part by a generous donation from Joyce and John Miller. The 2006-07 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

Posted Oct. 11, 2006

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