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Our top 5 Pilobolus Performances

November 27, 2016 by Juliana Panzera
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Pilobolus, the internationally acclaimed arts organization renowned for its unique, diverse collaborations is back at the NYU Skirball Center this month with two programs mixing dance, physical theater, short film, and their surrealistic and magical physical language.

To celebrate their return to the stage, here are five of their performances we can’t stop watching:

1. The 79th Annual Academy Awards

Pilobolus performed interpretive depictions of the films’ titles and logos at the 2007 Oscars hosted by Ellen Degeneres. Our favorite part? We won’t spoil it for you, but make sure you stay tuned until the end

2. Shadowland

In 2015, Pilobolus performed Shadowland in collaboration with the lead writer for SpongeBob SquarePants, Steven Banks at the NYU Skirball Center. Shadowland is a universal and intimately portrayed experience that is both intensely dramatic and comedic. The story is a surreal experience of a young girl’s sensational world as she comes of age.

3. TED Talk 2007

In this video, two Pilobolus dancers perform “Symbiosis.” The performance asks the questions, “does it trace the birth of a relationship? Or the co-evolution of symbiotic species?” You decide.

4. OK Go & Pilobolus – All is Not Lost Music Video


In 2011, OK Go and Pilobolus collaborated on the music video for their song, “All Is Not Lost.” Featuring both the band and Pilobolus dancers, the video was also was released as a Google Chrome Experiment, made in association with Google.

5. TodayTix App

Okay, so we might be slightly biased on this one… We collaborated with Pilobolus last year to promote their production of Shadowland at NYU Skirball by creating iconic moments from theater. Can you guess them all?

Get tickets to see Pilobolus perform live for yourself at the NYU Skirball Center now through December 4.