BWW Reviews: PILOBOLUS Delights Audiences
There are no limits to what wonders Pilobolus can create. And as evidenced by the opening of their summer season at the Joyce Theater, the company's creativity transcends beyond imagination, revolutionizing dance and the human experience.
The show began with the 2014 New York premiere of "The Inconsistent Pedaler," a collaboration between the company, fiction writer Etgar Keret, and filmmaker Shira Geffen (both Israeli). The piece is set at a dysfunctional 99th birthday party, where a young girl holds everyone's life in her ... feet. The theatricality and believability of the surrealist piece were spot-on, where even at one point one may be thinking, "No, Grandpa! Don't stand on those handlebars- you'll fall!" only to realize that Grandpa is actually a highly trained dancer in probably the best shape of his life. The minute details and gimmicks such as little glow-in-the-dark rubber duckies, a man on a trike, and a big baby weaved expertly through the piece about the quest for perfect moments in such limited time.
As the amazing crew quickly transformed the set from one to another, short films were on display, including "Danielle" by Anthony Cerniello, "Explosions" by Dumt & Farligt, and "Wind" by Robert Löbel. Each transitioned between sets very well and kept the audience engaged as they waited for the next piece.
Next up was "All is Not Lost," a replica of their collaboration with the band OK Go, who are known for their inventive self-produced music videos. Audiences were wowed by the company's live version, which had them dance side-by-side with the live projection. It was an incredible behind-the-scenes look of how simple, ordinary movements along with a change in perception can easily create stunning visual effects, leading the audience to think, "That created that?!" This playful and imaginative piece was an obvious hit with the audience.