In 1971 three students who needed to fill a P.E. credit at Dartmouth College enrolled in a dance class.
None of the three had any previous dance training. Their teacher quickly realized she needed to take an approach that focused more on the athleticism of movement than the technique.
This led the students to form Pilobolus Dance Theater, a world-renowned innovative dance group which focuses on athleticism more than traditional dance techniques.
ATTEND THE MASTER CLASS
Time: noon to 1:30 p.m. today
Location: Gerrard Hall
ATTEND THE PERFORMANCE
Time: 7:30 p.m. today
Location: Memorial Hall
The group will be performing tonight in Memorial Hall. Their name comes from the Pilobolus fungus which can shoot a spore from its top up to 60 feet in the air and has one of the fastest acceleration speeds in nature.
“It’s not like any other dance style,” said Jun Kuribayashi, the current dance captain. “It’s very active, we are climbing on top of each other.”
Reed Colver, director for campus and community engagements in the office of the Executive Director for Arts, said the dance is often acrobatic.
“It shows the strength of the body and how two bodies work together,” Colver said. “Two bodies will create whole new shapes.”
The choreography is designed to defy logic and push dancers to new extremes, Kuribayashi said.