UT Sponsors Dance Troupe Pilobolus Monday

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KNOXVILLE — Internationally renowned dance troupe Pilobolus, known for combining modern dance with body contortions, will perform at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24. The performance is sponsored by the Cultural Attractions Committee at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Tickets are $5 for UT students, $20 for UT faculty and staff, and $25 for the general public.

Pilobolus is based in Washington Depot, Conn., and performs for stage and television audiences all over the world. In 2007, the group performed at the 79th Academy Awards, forming silhouetted figures to represent the films nominated for that year’s best picture award.

With more than 100 works in its repertoire, Pilobolus began in a Dartmouth College dance class in 1971 and has been performing worldwide ever since. Performances originated by Pilobolus have been recreated by the Ballet National de Nancy et de Lorraine and the Ballet du Rhin, both in France; Italy’s Verona Ballet; as well as the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Joffrey Ballet and others in the U.S.

Recently, Pilobolus has begun a series of creative collaborations including new productions with Maurice Sendak, writer and illustrator of the famed children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are,” Israeli choreographers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak, and puppeteer Basil Twist.

Pilobolus has received a number of prestigious honors, including the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Brandeis Award, the New England Theatre Conference Prize and a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming.

The Cultural Attractions Committee aims to bring diverse music and dance programs to the UT Knoxville community. Past performers have included South African performers Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Vienna Boys Choir and others. For more information on the 2010-11 Cultural Attractions Series, visit http://activities.utk.edu/cpc/cac/.

Tickets to the Monday’s event can be purchased online at KnoxvilleTickets.com or at any Tickets Unlimited outlet. They also can be purchased at the ticket office in Thompson-Boling Arena. UT students, faculty, and staff may purchase tickets at the Central Ticket Office in the University Center on campus.

CONTACT:

Rebekah Winkler (865-974-8307, rwinkler@utk.edu)

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