PILOBOLUS DANCE THEATRE - Two Dazzling Performances At The Arsht Center

February 21
11:04 AM 2012

PILOBOLUS DANCE THEATRE - Two Dazzling Performances At The Arsht Center

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County


PILOBOLUS Dance Theatre

internationally acclaimed dance Theatre troupe BRINGS two dazzling performaces to South Florida!

"Pilobolus is a mind-blowing troupe of wildly creative and physically daring dancers who leap, fly, intertwine and break all the rules. Audiences should expect the unexpected with Pilobolus!" – NYC Newsday

Knight Masterworks Season

Sanford and Beatrice Ziff Dance Series

March 2 & 3, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Tickets $25 to $90

Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County presents a special two-night-only engagement showcasing the critically-acclaimed dance troupe, PILOBOLUS Dance Theatre. World-renowned for their innovative mix of the human imagination and corporeal dexterity, and memorable performances on widely televised programs such as the Academy Awards and "The Oprah Winfrey Show," PILOBOLUS is destined to create a wondrous dance spectacle for South Florida audiences. The troupe will make its Arsht Center debut on March 2 and 3, 2012 at 8 p.m., in the Ziff Ballet Opera House as part of the Knight Masterworks Season, Sanford and Beatrice Ziff Dance Series.

Tickets range from $25 to $90 and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org.

PILOBOLUS began in 1971 at Dartmouth College as an experimental dance company, and quickly became renowned across the world for its imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration. Forty years later, PILOBOLUS has evolved into a pioneering American cultural institution. The company is based in Washington Depot, Connecticut, and performs for stage and television audiences all over the world. PILOBOLUS works appear in the repertories of major dance companies including the Joffrey Ballet Company, Eliot Feld, Ohio, Arizona, and Aspen/Santa Fe Ballets in the U.S., the Ballet National de Nancy et de Lorraine and the Ballet du Rhin in France, and Italy's Verona Ballet.

Recently, the company has turned its focus to a new series of major creative collaborations through the International Collaborators Project, including new productions with the famed writer and illustrator, Maurice Sendak; the Israeli choreographic team, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak; the remarkable American puppeteer, Basil Twist; the lead writer for the popular animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants," Steven Banks; the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic artist, Art Spiegelman; the Grammy Award-winning family musician, Dan Zanes; Butoh master, Takuya Muramatsu; Grammy-winning band, OK Go; and composer Gabriel Kahane and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

"It is an honor to present the Pilobolus Dance Theatre company as part of our Dance at the Arsht Season," said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. "The dance troupe's iconic and imaginative mix of humor, invention, and drama, coupled with incomparable dance, gymnastics, performance art and shadow play will surely leave South Florida audiences in awe."

PILOBOLUS has received a number of prestigious honors, including the Berlin Critic's Prize, the Brandeis Award, the New England Theatre Conference Prize, and a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming. In June 2000, PILOBOLUS received the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography. In 2007, artistic directors Robby Barnett and Michael Tracy, along with PILOBOLUS co-founder Jonathan Wolken received the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment Fellowship from Dartmouth College. In 2010, PILOBOLUS was the first collective to be given the Dance Magazine Award, which honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to the art.

The company has also been featured, with great popularity, on broadcast media: In 2004, CBS' "60 Minutes"; in 2007, the Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, and shortly thereafter, the "Oprah Winfrey Show"; twice in 2008 on the "Late Show with Conan O'Brien"; and sixteen times in conjunction with football games on the NFL Network.

Pilobolus' Arsht Center engagement will also include a Modern Dance Master Class at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The 90-minute master class will incorporate the company's signature work themes: dance, gymnastics and performance art. The class will focus on the PILOBOLUS method of collective creativity, how individuals make things, solve problems, and meet challenges in groups. The educational program will be held in the Peacock Foundation Studio located in the Ziff Ballet Opera House. The class is FREE (reservation required) and is open to participants of all range of abilities, ages 16 and up. Those interested in participating must call (786) 468-2270 to make a reservation.



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Beau Higgins Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID.


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