Ensemble brings innovative moves to Lied

One of America's premier modern-dance companies will perform Saturday night at the Lied Center.

The Pilobolus Dance Theatre will present four dance works at 7:30 p.m. The program includes "Monkey and the White Bone Demon," "Gnomen," "Symbiosis" and "Day Two."

The ensemble is known for pushing the boundaries of trust and the limits of the human body and its relationship to physical space. Pilobolus is made up of four artistic directors and six dancers, who contribute to a popular and varied repertoire.

Pilobolus sprang from a Dartmouth College dance class in 1971 with a desire to make something new, and was immediately acclaimed for its humor and innovation. The company has toured throughout the United States, Central America, South America, the Middle East, Japan and Europe.

The dancers have been an annual feature of the American Dance Festival since 1973. They have played two seasons on Broadway and now present a month of performances each year at the Joyce Theatre in New York City.

As part of its Lied Center debut, Pilobolus will perform "Day Two," a work that contains partial nudity. Brian Eno and David Byrne and the Talking Heads provide the soundtrack for the unusual dance work.

While in Lawrence, the dancers will conduct a free master class at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Robinson Center at Kansas University. The class is open to intermediate and advanced dance students. For reservations, call the Lied Center, 864-2795.

Tickets for the Lied Center performance are from $11 to $27 and can be purchased at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; Student Union Activities Box Office, 864-3477; Ticketmaster, (816) 931-3330 or (785) 234-4545; and online at TICKETS.COM.


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