Undaunted by the effects of super storm Sandy, Pilobolus, one of the jewels of contemporary dance theater, makes its first appearance at Penn State in almost 23 years when it performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Eisenhower Auditorium.
Tickets are still available for the Halloween eve show, which features the works All is not Lost, Skyscrapers, Automaton, Gnomen and Megawatt.
If you spend a lot of time on YouTube, perhaps you've seen the Grammy-winning rock band OK Go's music videos for All is not Lost and Skyscrapers. The pieces being performed at Eisenhower are the live companion works to the videos, which were created in collaboration with Pilobolus and feature the company's dancers.
All is not Lost aims to change the way people look at dance through a kaleidoscope view of human connection. Skyscrapers, set against the gritty, saturated colors of Los Angeles’ Eastside streets, is drenched in overtones of love, romance and loss.
Automaton, a new collaboration created with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, questions the difference between human and machine. Gnomen, a Pilobolus classic, explores relationships through an unusually inventive physical vocabulary. Megawatt is an ironic take on the high-voltage state of the world.
Artistic Viewpoints is offered an hour before most Center for the Performing Arts presentations. But instead of a pre-performance discussion, Pilobolus company members will have a discussion with audience members who want to stay after the show.