Pilobolus - Come To Your Senses, Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Pilobolus - Come To Your Senses Amazing, astounding, and astonishing best describe the dance company, Pilobolus, and their spectacular evening of contemporary dance with their program, "Come To Your Senses" at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. We have seen some incredible performances throughout the years at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, and as such, they have set the bar high for our expectations. The performance by Pilobolus surpassed the bar with their spectacular, gravity defying abilities and choreography that not only pushed the envelope, shredded it and cast it to the wind. Bravo!

 

Pilobolus - Come to your senses

Pilobolus - "Come To Your Senses" 

 

On Saturday, September 22, 2018, we had the pleasure of experiencing Pilobolus' "Come To Your Senses" an evening of mixed repertory program, part of a 2-night engagement at the Quick Center for the Arts. The program consisted of new and older works that dazzled the eyes with the ability of the dancers as well as the engaging, illuminating, and phenomenal choreography.

 

The program opened with Eye Opening, a new work for 2018, which was whimsical and engaging and set the tone that this was to be an evening of fun. Selecting a member of the audience to participate in this piece further delighted and enchanted in their daring and captivating performance.

 

Pilobolus Dancers

 

The second dance in the program was, Gnomen, a dance from 1997, which had us on the edge of our seats watching the sheer physicality and timing of the intricate choreography of the quartet of dancers, Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Zachary Eisenstat, Quincy Ellis, and Jacob Michael Warren. Four dancers became one as they intertwined their way throughout this complex genius of choreography. 

 

The third dance was a pas de deux, entitled Symbiosis, from 2001, choreographed by Michael Tracy in collaboration with Otis Cook and Renée Jaworkski. Performed by Isabella Diaz and Jacob Michael Warren with a selection of interesting music, the pair had such style and grace, and continued the Pilobolus' ability to astound, at one point had a prone Isabella Diaz perfectly balanced and carried on top of Jacob Michael Warren's head. Unbelievable!  

 

Pilobolus Dancers

 

After a needed intermission, for the dancers as much as for the audience to resume normal levels of breathing, the company returned to perform, Warp & Weft, a new work for 2018, the company's first all-woman dance, performed by Krystal Butler, Heather Favretto, and Isabella Diaz as a trio of shape-shifters, with cool music created by Indie-Rocker Thao Nguyen.

 

The finale of the program was Branches, a work from 2017, performed by Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Krystal Butler, Isabella Diaz, Zachary Eisenstat, Heather Favretto, and Jacob Michael Warren. 

 

Pilobolus Dancers

 

We left the theatre with the sound of the applause still resounding in our ears from the audience's standing ovation for Pilobolus who had delivered an extremely memorable evening of contemporary dance. Every now and then a dance company comes along and blows the roof off the house, Pilobolus is one such company. Touring throughout the United States as well as internationally, Pilobolus should be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

 

Come To Your Senses Program

 

Eye Opening (2018)

 

Created by Renée Jaworski and Matt Kent in collaboration with Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Krystal Butler, Benjamin Coalter, Isabelle Diaz, Zachary Eisenstat, Heather Favretto, Casey Howes, Nile Russell, and Jacob Michael Warren.

 

Dancers

 

Nathaniel Buchsbaum

Krystal Butler

Zachary Eisenstat

Quincy Ellis

Heather Favretto

Casey Howes

Jacob Michael Warren

 

The Creative Team

 

Greg Laffey

Art Direction

Trevor Burk

Lighting Design

David Van Tieghem

Sound Design

 

Gnomen (1997

 

Choreography by Robby Barnett and Jonathan Wolken in collaboration with Michael Kent, Gaspard Louis, Trebien Pollard, and Mark Santiliano.

 

Dancers

 

Nathaniel Buchsbaum

Zachary Eisenstat

Quincy Ellis

Jacob Michael Warren

 

The Creative Team

 

Paul Sullivan

Music

Matt Kent

Throat Singing

Eileen Thomas

Costume Design & Construction

 

Symbiosis (2001)

 

Dancers

 

Isabella Diaz

Jacob Michael Warren

 

The Creative Team

 

Angelina Avallone

Costumes

Steven Strawbridge

Lighting

 

Warp & Weft (2018)

 

Created by Renée Jaworski and Matt Kent in collaboration with Mark Fucik, Krystal Butler, Isabella Diaz, Heather Favretto, and Casey Howes. This is the company's first all-woman trio.

 

Dancers

 

Krystal Butler

Heather Favretto

Isabella Diaz

 

The Creative Team

 

Thao Nguyen

Music

Márion Talán

Costumes

Diane Ferry Williams

Lighting

David Van Tieghem

Sound Design

 

Branches (2017)

 

Created by Renée Jaworski and Matt Kent in collaboration with Itamar Kubovy, Mark Fucik, Antoine Banks-Sullivan, Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Krystal Butler, Isabella Diaz, Heather Favretto, and Jacob Michael Warren.

 

Dancers

 

Nathaniel Buchsbaum

Krystal Butler

Isabella Diaz

Zachary Eisenstat

Heather Favretto

Jacob Michael Warren

 

The Creative Team

 

David Van Tieghem

Music

David Darling

Music

Riley Lee

Music

Olivier Messiaen

Music

Bonobo

Music

David Van Tieghem

Sound Design

Liz Prince

Costume Design

Thom Weaver

Lighting Design

 

About Pilobolus

 

"For over 40 years, audiences around the world have celebrated acclaimed dance company, Pilobolus. Much like the fungus it was named after, Pilobolus has the remarkable ability of orienting itself to point directly towards a light source, and that's where the Quick comes in. Fueling its creative process and a synergy for new experiences in our community, the Quick will serve as a home for Pilobolus."

 

Pilobolus Dancers "Pilobolus began at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in1971. Moses Pendleton, an English literature major and cross-country skier; Jonathan Wolken, a philosophy science major and fencer; and Steve Johnson, a pre-med student and pole vaulter were enrolled in a dance composition class taught by Alison Becker Chase. In that class, they created their first dance, which they titled "Pilobolus" - and a legacy of movement and magic was born. Pilobolus crystallinus is a phototropic (light loving) fungus. Commonly known as "Hat Thrower," its spores accelerate 0-45 mph in the first millimeter of their flight and adhere to wherever they land. The father of Jonathan Wolken was studying pilobolus in his biology lab when the group first formed. The name was apt, and stuck. The group then went on to create dozens of dance works with its founding members Robby Barnett, Alison Chase, Martha Clarke, Lee Harris, Moses Pendelton, Michael Tracy, and Jonathan Wolken. In the more than four decades since, Pilobolus has performed on Broadway, at the Oscars, and the Olympic games, and has appeared on television, in movies, in advertisements, and in schools and businesses and created over 120 dance works. The company continues to propel the seeds of expression via human movement to every corner of the world, growing and changing each year while reaching new audiences and exploring new visual and musical planes."

 

Location of the Quick Center for the Arts

 

Conveniently located in Fairfield, Connecticut, the Quick Center for the Arts is a 30-minute drive from Greenwich and New Haven, a 60-minute drive from Hartford, and a 90-minute drive from New York City.

 

The Quick Center for the Arts has an extensive program of theatre, dance, opera, classic, and jazz series, as well as family productions throughout the year.

 

A sampling of the many exciting upcoming programs at the Quick Center for the Arts:

 

Jane Fonda: Speaking Out: Artist as Social Activist - Open Visions Forum

September 27, 2018

All Aboard the Hallelujah Train

September 30, 2018

Margaret Hoover: A New Generation of Conservatives - Open Visions Forum

October 3, 2018

The Capitol Steps

October 5, 2018

The Met: Lives in HO Aida (Verdi)

October 6, 2018

NT Live: King Lear

October 17, 2108

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia in The Rainbow Fish

October 28, 2018

Company Nora Chipaumire

November 2, 2018

Allelujah! By Alan Bennett

November 7, 2018

The Met: Live in HD Marnie (Muhly/Wright)

November 10, 2018

Nicole Wolcott and Larry Keigwin in Places Please!

November 16-17, 2018

Cell written by Cassandra Medley

November 27, 2018

Soweto Gospel Choir "Songs of the Free," a Celebration of Nelson Mandela

December 5, 2018

The Met: Live in HD Die Zauberflö(The Magic Flute) (Mozart)

December 11, 2018

 

John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell, Billie & Blue Eyes

December 16, 2018

The Met: Live in HD La Traviata (Verdi)

December 18, 2018

The Met: Live in HD Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea)

January 12, 2019

Campo Minado/Minefield written and directed by Lola Arias

January 26, 2018

NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

January 28, 2018

Gravity & Other Myths: A Simple Space

January 31, 2018

Sweet Honey in the Rock

February 10, 2019

The Piano: From Mozart to Monk

February 12-March 12, 2019

Farruquito

March 1, 2019

Orin Grossman & Frederic Chiu

March 3, 2019

 

For information and the complete list of upcoming programs and events, please visit the website, www.QuickCenter.com.

 

For tickets or information, please call: +1-203-254-4010 or toll-free: 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). 

 

For information Pilobolus and upcoming performances, please visit the website: www.pilobolus.org

 

A sampling of the many exciting upcoming Pilobolus performances:

 

Whitebird, Portland, OR

October 4-6, 2018

Firstworks, Providence, RI

October 26, 2018

Sunset Center, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

November 2 2018

Cal Poly Arts, San Luis Obispo, CA

November 3, 2018

Arkley Center, Eureka, CA

November 5, 2018

La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla, CA

November 10, 2018

Musco Center, Orange, CA

November 14, 2018

Moscow, Russia

November 30 - December 2, 2018

 

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