The groundbreaking and internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus today unveiled a behind-the-scenes video of its new work, Skyscrapers. The piece will have its New York premiere as part of Pilobolus' 2012 Joyce Theater engagement, which begins performances tonight, July 16, and runs through August 11. 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, Skyscrapers represents a unique and complex collaboration with choreographer and filmmaker Trish Sie, and filmmaker and editor Paula Salhany, the duo behind the “Skyscrapers” music video. Skyscrapers is a quick-change duet that explores the melancholy, understated elegance of the tango, drenched in overtones of love, romance and loss.
“Trish and Paula have helped us take their brilliantly executed idea for two dancers on film and transform it into an equally thrilling live dance that uses the video's world to support a sensual quick-change live tango for six. It's both moving and stunning to watch,” said Pilobolus Executive Director, Itamar Kubovy.
“I know how surprisingly difficult tango is; It is quite deceptive. It was so inspiring to watch these talented people with such an immense physical vocabulary basically learn a new language,” said Trish Sie.
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; the MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning juggler Michael Moschen; 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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