Pilobolus at The Joyce: Robots, Butoh, OK Go

Pilobolus Performs Symbiosis at TED [Source: TEDtalks]

Pilobolus is currently performing at The Joyce Theater in New York City through August 6 as part of their 40th anniversary season. Each of three different programs combine older works and one of their new collaborations which were world premiered earlier this summer at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC:

Seraph, a mind-boggling solo featuring flying robots from MIT’s Distributed Robotics Laboratory Flight Team; All is Not Lost, a rhythmically-propelled work created in collaboration with OK Go, the hot rock band; and Korokoro, a full-company piece created with Takuya Muramatsu, the principal choreographer from Dairakudakan, one of Japan’s most intriguing butoh companies.”

Photo Call Footage from Seraph at the American Dance Festival
[Source: Independent Weekly]

From the Joyce Theater press release:

“Perhaps the most unexpected collaboration on this season’s program is the new work Seraph, created in partnership with the engineers, programmers, and pilots of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) under the direction of Daniela Rus. The work explores the relationship between human and machine in a pastoral fable involving a solo performer and two flying robots. Set to a Schubert piano trio.”

Dairakudakan in Unidentified Work [Source: andreweeg]

“Pilobolus collaborates with Takuya Muramatsu, principal dancer and choreographer of Dairakudakan, the Japanese company renowned for combining traditional elements of butoh with the more expressive possibilities of contemporary dance. Blending Pilobolus’ signature partnering with Muramatsu’s atmospheric styling, the company creates a world of surreal physicality that explores how heroes are made and unmade.”

OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg Machine Version
[Source: OK Go]

“Indie rock group OK Go teams up with the playful and poetic artists of Pilobolus to create a new live-taped-streamed-projected-hi def-dance-music project that is sure to satisfy fans of both.  As is typical of OK Go, little is known about this project, other than it is set to the group’s hit All is Not Lost from the album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky.”

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