Pilobolus, Azimuth, Joyce Theater
The groundbreaking and internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus today unveiled a behind-the-scenes video of its new work, Aziumth. The piece will have its New York premiere tonight as part of Pilobolus's 2012 Joyce Theater engagement, which began performances on Monday, July 16, and runs through August 11. Tonight will mark the first performance of the engagement's Program B, which features Azimuth. Watch the video below!
A product of Pilobolus's International Collaborators Project, which curates and convenes multi-disciplinary artists to choreograph using Pilobolus's creative method with the company's directors and dancers, Azimuth represents a unique collaboration with MacArthur "Genius" Award-winning master juggler Michael Moschen. The piece turns the act of juggling on its side. Uniting the underlying spirit of Pilobolus's work-support, humanity, connection-with his own fascination with the emotional and physical properties that govern human interaction, Moschen investigates the geometries of the universe through objects that roll in harmony with the dancers and the celestial machine. Azimuth, an astrology term referring to the arc of the horizon, was choreographed by Pilobolus's Renee Jaworski and Michael Tracy, along with Moschen.
In 2007, to expand its collaborative practices, Pilobolus launched the International Collaborators Project, a series of collective choreographic projects with multi-disciplinary artists, such as writer and illustrator, Maurice Sendak; the Israeli choreographic team, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak; the remarkable American puppeteer, Basil Twist; Pulitzer Prize-winner, comic artist Art Spiegelman; the Grammy-winning American composer and musician Dan Zanes; the band OK Go; the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory directed by Professor Daniela Rus; the Japanese butoh choreographer Takuya Muramatsu; the radio program Radiolab; and the Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The interactive video that Pilobolus created with OK Go and Google, "All Is Not Lost", was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award.
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