Northrop Dance at the University of Minnesota Presents Pilobolus 2/12, 2/13
Northrop Dance at the University of Minnesota presents Pilobolus, the provocative dance company of today's art world, with adult programming on Friday, Feb 12 and a family-friendly version on Saturday, Feb 13. The mass appeal of Pilobolus has stemmed from their physical vocabulary that blends art with transforming acrobatics, molding it into a rousing poetry. Named after a feisty fungus that can grow over eight feet tall, their unique multi-bodied weight sharing and creation of clever visual illusions are the hallmarks of this group.
Pilobolus Family Fungi Fest - Sat, Feb 13, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Bell Museum of Natural History
Families are invited to stop by the Bell Museum of Natural History before the Pilobolus show for a fungi festival. The name Pilobolus spurs from a type of fungi known for their obscure shape and ability to shoot spores with water cannon-like force. Kids and family will marvel at the fungi from the Bell Museum's collections and talk with members of the Minnesota Mycological Society, a club dedicated to mushroom and fungi hunting, collecting, cooking, and crafting. Museum admission fees apply.
Dinner and Lunch at Northrop - Fri, Feb 12, 6:00 pm & Sat, Feb 13, 12:00 pm
Northrop Gold Room
Fungi Dance Party - Sat, Feb 13, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
University of Minnesota dance students will teach the kids how to groove while Pilobolus dancers will show off a few of their moves at a funky fungi dance party after the show.
Fri, Feb 12, 8:00 pm
Laterna Magica (2008)
A full company work that immerses us in the luminous spirit of the natural world and uses ritual and mythology to create a mysterious and irresistible sensual celebration of the supernatural.
Choreographed by Michael Tracy in collaboration with Andrew Herro, Jeffrey Huang, Jun Kuribayashi, Jenny Mendez, Manelich Minniefee, Edwin Olvera, Annika Sheaff
Performed by Winston Dynamite Brown, Matt Del Rosario, Eriko Jimbo, Nile Russell, Annika Sheaff, Christopher Whitney
Music: Tycho; Red Moon, composed and performed by Jami Seiber, is on the album Hidden Sky and is used courtesy of Out Front Records; Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet, Stephan Micus, Sigur Ros
Costumes: Liz Prince
Lighting: Neil Peter Jampolis
Laterna Magica is the fourth in a series of new works generously commissioned by Dartmouth College. It was also made possible in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A tumbling tumbleweed solo set to an all-percussion score.
Choreographed by Jonathan Wolken
Performed by Jun Kuribayashi
Music: Moses Pendleton, Jonathan Wolken
Costume: Malcolm McCormick
Lighting: Neil Peter Jampolis
One of Pilobolus' classic men's quartets, Gnomen lyrically explores emerging relationships using an unusual and inventive physical vocabulary.
Choreographed by Robby Barnett and Jonathan Wolken in collaboration with Matt Kent, Gaspard Louis, Trebien Pollard, and Mark Santillano.
Performed by Matt Del Rosario, Jun Kuribayashi, Nile Russell, Christopher Whitney
Music: Paul Sullivan
Throat Singing: Matt Kent
Costume Design & Construction: Eileen Thomas
Lighting: David M. Chapman
This piece is dedicated to the memory of their friend and colleague, Jim Blanc. It was made possible in part by contributions from his family and friends as well as by a commission from the American Dance Festival with support from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Philip Morris Companies, Inc., New Production Fund.
Choreographed by Jonathan Wolken in collaboration with Eriko Jimbo, Jenny Mendez, Christopher Whitney
Performed by Eriko Jimbo and Christopher Whitney
Music: Michael Rodach
Costumes: Liz Prince
Lighting Designer: Neil Peter Jampolis
Associate Lighting Designer: Shane Mongar
The first of Pilobolus's collaborating partners projects, Rushes is the result of Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak's collaboration with Pilobolus Artistic Director Robby Barnett and their company. The result-an isolated community of broken dreams. Jacques Tati meets Gogol in a breakthrough for Pilobolus's constantly morphing aesthetic.
Choreographed by Inbal Pinto. Avshalom Pollak and Robby Barnett, based on original material developed with Talia Beck, Otis Cook, Josie M Coyoc, Matt Kent, Renée Jaworski and Andreas Merk, and created in collaboration with Andy Herro, Jeffrey Huang, Renée Jaworski, Jun Kuribayashi, Jenny Mendez, Manelich Minniefee, Edwin Olvera, and Annika Sheaff
Performed by Winston Dynamite Brown, Matt Del Rosario, Jun Kuribayashi, Annika Sheaff and Christopher Whitney
Music: Eddie Sauter, Miles Davis, John Blow:
Big Noise from Winnetka, used by permission
Dukes of Dixieland (www.dukesofdixieland.com):
Costumes: Avshalom Pollak, Inbal Pinto
Lighting: Yoann Tivoli
Film Animation: Peter Sluszka
Rushes was co-commissioned by the American Dance Festival with support from the Doris Duke Awards for New Work and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; by The Joyce Theater's Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work; and by Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida. It was also made possible in part by generous contributions from the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York and from Jonathan M. Nadler.
Sat, Feb 13, 2:00 pm
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One of Pilobolus' very first works, Walklyndon is a silent dance owing much of its physical humor to slapstick and vaudeville. Six colorfully dressed jocks romping, bumping, kicking, and galumphing-Walklyndon is a classic.
Choreographed by Robby Barnett, Lee Harris, Moses Pendleton, and Jonathan Wolken
Performed by Winston Dynamite Brown, Matt Del Rosario, Eriko Jimbo, Nile Russell, Annika Sheaff and Christopher Whitney
Costumes: Kitty Daly
Lighting: Neil Peter Jampolis
Dog • ID (2009)
Created by Steven Banks, Robby Barnett, Renée Jaworski, Matt Kent, Itamar Kubovy and Michael Tracy in collaboration with Mark Fucik and Molly Gawler
Performed by Nile Russell and Annika Sheaff
Music: David Poe
Set Design: Neil Patel
Costumes: Liz Prince
Lighting: Neil Peter Jampolis
This work is made possible in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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About the Company
Pilobolus (crystallinus) is a phototropic zygomycete - a sun-loving fungus that grows in barnyards and pastures. It's a feisty thing - only 1/4 inch tall - that can throw its spores nearly eight feet, right over a cow. It is also a highly unusual dance company, now beginning its 39th year of evolution.
Pilobolus, the arts organism, germinated in the fertile soil of a Dartmouth College dance class in 1971. What emerged was a collaborative choreographic process and unique weight-sharing approach to partnering that gave the young company a nontraditional but powerful new set of skills with which to make dances.
Today Pilobolus is a unique American arts organization of international influence. It has not, however, forsaken its original impetus and remains a deeply committed collaborative effort with three artistic directors and over twenty-five full and part-time dancers contributing to one of the most popular and varied bodies of work in the history of the field. Nearly four decades of creative production testify to the company's position as an arts collective of remarkable fruitfulness and longevity.
Pilobolus 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-the Joffrey, 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. The company has recently begun a series of major creative collaborations, including new productions with the famed writer and illustrator, Maurice Sendak; the Israeli choreographic team, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak; and the remarkable American puppeteer, Basil Twist.
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 and in 2004 the company was featured on CBS 60 Minutes. In 2007 Robby Barnett, Michael Tracy and Jonathan Wolken received the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment Fellowship from Dartmouth College.
The physical vocabularies of Pilobolus works are not drawn from traditions of codified dance movement but are invented-emerging from intense periods of improvisation and creative play. This process has been the source of much interest, in response to which the company inaugurated the Pilobolus Institute, an educational outreach program using the art of choreography as a model for creative thinking in any field. The Institute offers sustained programs for both children and adults around the country, as well as a series of Leadership Workshops for corporations and business schools. Recent work includes programs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business, and the Babcock School at Wake Forest University. The Institute also maintains an ongoing residency in the Theater Studies Program at Yale University.
The third arm of the company's activity is Pilobolus Creative Services, a choreographic and performance collective providing movement design and production for commercial applications in business and advertising. PCS has made television spots for Mobil, Ford, Toyota, Opel, and Hyundai, created live events for IBM, McKinsey, United Technologies, Dupont, and Merck, and has presented gala performances for Joe Boxer, Marithe Girbaud, MAC Cosmetics and Krizia. In 2007, the company created and presented six acclaimed performances during the 79th Annual Academy Awards, as well producing a series of original segments for the Oprah Winfrey Show. PCS has also produced two books for national distribution, Twisted Yoga and The Human Alphabet, and releases an annual calendar of dance photography in collaboration with a number of noted American photographers.
The 2009-10 season marks the middle of Pilobolus' 39th year. The company has continued to grow, expanding and refining its unusual collaborative methods to produce a body of over 100 choreographic works, and while it has become a stable and influential force in the world of dance, Pilobolus remains as protean and surprising as ever.
ROBBY BARNETT, Artistic Director, was born and raised in the Adirondacks and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1972. In addition to his work with Pilobolus, he has been variously employed as a technical metal worker, an instructor for Outward Bound, Inc., a garden and landscape designer, and has taught skiing and high school art. Barnett lives in northwestern Connecticut with his wife and two children.
MICHAEL TRACY, Artistic Director, born in Florence and raised in New England, met the other Pilobolus founders at Dartmouth in 1969, becoming an Artistic Director after graduating magna cum laude in 1973. He toured with Pilobolus for fourteen years, for eight as the only touring Director, and continues to choreograph and direct. He has set his work on the Joffrey, Ohio, Hartford, Nancy and Verona Ballets and choreographed a production of Mozart's Magic Flute with John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, and a national tour production for the National Theater of the Deaf. Tracy teaches at Yale University and lives with his wife and two sons in northwestern Connecticut.
JONATHAN WOLKEN, Artistic Director, co-founded Pilobolus in 1971. He is proud to have become acquainted with Pilobolus, the fungus, while researching its photoreceptor mechanism in his father's biophysics laboratory. Wolken graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Philosophy. He has choreographed for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," and created "Oneiric" featured in a jointly produced Danish Television feature for members of the Royal Danish Ballet. To find symmetry and mystery in his work, since 1991 Jonathan has led a secret second life as Pilobolus' Development Director. He lives with his wife, JoAnne, and their four daughters in Washington CT.
ITAMAR KUBOVY, Executive Director, has been producing, writing and directing since 1985. After graduating from Yale in 1988, he moved to Europe where he taught, directed and ran theaters in Germany and Sweden. Since returning to the US in 1998, Kubovy directed several new works by John Guare, co-directed the 2002 season finale of the West Wing, and made a film, Upheaval, starring Frances McDormand. He joined Pilobolus at the beginning of 2004 as the company's first Executive Director, overseeing the many moving parts that make up this great company.
RENÉE JAWORSKI, Rehearsal Director/Artistic Associate, originally from Long Island, NY received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Upon graduating she fell directly into the hands of Moses Pendelton, performing and teaching throughout the world with Momix. In 1997, she took a brief hiatus to give life to her daughter, Anastasia Winter. Returning to her career she created and performed her own work in Philadelphia while working for Group Motion and touring part time with Momix. 1998 brought Renee to NYC where she soon began working with Carolyn Dorfman. She has been working with Pilobolus since the year 2000 and has had many exciting adventures with them over the past nine years, performing, creating, teaching, directing, associating and, most recently, coordinating residencies for the Pilobolus Institute. She dedicates all she does to her family, Mark and Anastasia. Thank you for keeping my vision clear.
WINSTON DYNAMITE BROWN, Dancer, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, started dancing at Smith Sisters Dance Studio. He continued his training at the Missouri State Ballet, the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he received his BFA, and The Center Dance under the mentorship of Tyrone Aiken. Brown has participated in numerous intensive programs - Kansas City Ballet, Alonzo King's pre-professional program, Ailey summer intensive as three time fellowship recipient and the Ballet and Modern programs at Jacobs Pillow as the inaugural recipient of the Lorna Strassler AwarD. Brown has worked with the Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre, Deeply Rooted Productions, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Metropolitan Opera and Taylor 2. Brown is currently a freelance artist working with TU Dance, CorbinDances, Sean Curran Company and Ben Munisteri dance projects and joined Pilobolus' touring company in August 2009.
MATT DEL ROSARIO, Dancer, was born and raised in Hawaii. He began formal dance training at age 20 under the guidance of Paul Maley, who inspired him to get a BFA in Contemporary Dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts. In his free time, Matt loves to surf, spear dive, and play the ukulele. He is excited, ready, and willing to begin his Pilobolus adventure. Thanks to his Ohana (family) for their love and support.
ERIKO JIMBO, Dancer, was born in Japan, raised all over the states, and earned her BFA in dance from NC School of the Arts. Since then she has been dancing professionally and broadening her dancing through aerial work, wushu, capoeira, hip hop, waacking, vogue, bboying, African, house, acrobatics, and more. Also a NYC househead, she performs often and engages in events of the underground house and hip hop culture, repping for two crews: MAWU and FMinit. Jimbo has traveled throughout the US, Japan, and Greece to perform and teach, and aspires to continue traveling all over the globe to share her passion. She officially joined Pilobolus in August 2009.
JUN KURIBAYASHI, Dance Captain, was born in Japan then raised in the US since age five. His background includes competitive swimming, break dancing and Capoeira. At age 22 he began learning dance technique at the University of Kansas where he eventually earned his BFA. He debuted professionally with Momix in 2004 and is now thrilled to be a part of the Pilobolus family. He gives special thanks to the dance faculty at KU, friends and families (Kuribayashi & Jones) who supported his decision to follow a once distant dream of dancing and ESPECIALLY to his wonderful supportive wife, Casey Miranda! Jun joined Pilobolus in August 2004.
NILE H. Russell, Dancer, is originally from Baltimore, MD. He received a B.A. in Dance from Connecticut College in 2004, where he was fortunate enough to have the guidance of wonderful dancers and teachers such as Dan Wagoner, Lan Lan Wang, and Jeremy Nelson. Since moving to New York in 2004, Nile has danced with Silver-Brown Dance, LeeSaar The Company, Luis Lara Malvacias, Stefanie Nelson Dance Group, and Naganuma Dance. He will forever thank his friends, family, and mother, Sharon, for their love and support. He joined the Pilobolus touring company in August 2009.
ANNIKA SHEAFF, Dancer, born and raised outside Chicago began dancing at The Academy of Movement and Music at age three. She continued her training at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and The Juilliard School, where she received her BFA in dance performance in 2006. She has performed works by Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Ron Brown and Lucas Crandell. Her choreography has been presented at The Duncan YMCA in Chicago, and the Peter J. Sharp and Clarke Studio Theaters in NY. She received the Juilliard Interarts Award for her arts education outreach work in NY, FL, and South Africa. She's absolutely thrilled to be dancing with Pilobolus. She thanks her family and friends for their endless support; and Luke for his ability to light up her life.
CHRISTOPHER WHITNEY, Dancer, is ecstatic to be a new member of Pilobolus. He recently earned his BFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. He began his dance training at 18 as an intern with Inlet Dance Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, under the guidance of Bill Wade. Since then, he has studied movement at Jacob's Pillow, and the Si Ping City Shaolin Martial Arts Academy in Jilin Province, China. He would like to thank his family for their ever-growing appreciation of his art, and his perfect wife, Meredith, for her unflinching love and understanding. He and Meredith moved to Torrington, Connecticut from southern Ohio so that he could begin this new adventure.
ELIZABETH WILLS, Director of Production, was born and raised in Lockport, NY. She attended SUNY Brockport where she earned a dual degree in Modern Dance and Technical Theatre. While attending graduate school in CT, she began working with Pilobolus as their one and only production intern on the weekends. From that point on she was hooked. For her first four years with Pilobolus, she worked and traveled as the Production Stage Manager. She is thrilled now to become Director of Production and thanks Pilobolus for allowing her to evolve with them as they grow. She would like to thank her greatest fans - her family, without them, none of this would be possible.
KRISTIN HELFRICH, Production Stage Manager, holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Lighting Design and Photography from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining Pilobolus, she spent three years working as the Production Stage Manager and Lighting Supervisor for Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Previous work also includes, Production Stage Management, Ballet Chicago; Master Electrician, American Dance Festival 2007; and Assistant Lighting Designer, National Playwright's Festival in Waterford, CT. She currently lives in her home town of Pittsburgh, PA.
SHANE MONGAR, Technical Director, is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee but has made New York City his home. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Shane has worked on countless regional, off -Broadway and dance productions. In his spare time he enjoys reading, music and spending time with family and friends. Shane would like to thank everyone who has helped him on his journey and is excited to be working with Pilobolus!
STEVEN BANKS, Choreographer, is the Emmy-nominated head writer of SpongeBob Squarepants. He wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed one-man show Home Entertainment Center on Showtime, winning L.A. Weekly, Dramalouge and Bay Area Critic's Circle Awards. He also wrote and starred in the national PBS sit-com series The Steven Banks Show. He has written over twenty children's books, published by Simon and Schuster, including two New York Times best sellers. His first novel, King of the Creeps, was recently published by Knopf. He has written for NBC, CBS, FOX, Universal, Disney, Nickelodeon, and screenplays for VH1; One Nite Only: Elvis & The Beatles and Paramount; Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp. He wrote the libretto and additional lyrics for SpongeBob: The Musical! for Richard Frankel Productions. His plays include Love Tapes (co-written with Penn Jillette), American Love Sex Death, Her Last Request and My Old Dead High School Girlfriend. Film and TV credits include The Aristocrats, Penn & Teller's Bullshit, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, and King of The Hill. He has performed at The New York International Fringe Festival, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Marine's Memorial Theater (San Francisco), The Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, The Pasadena Playhouse, and The Flea Theater (NYC). He attended Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey's Clown College.
MOSES PENDLETON, Choreographer, was born and raised on a farm in northern Vermont. He received his B.A. in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1971 and co-founded Pilobolus that same year and was one of its artistic directors until 1990. In addition to his work with Pilobolus, Pendleton has choreographed and performed for numerous companies throughout the world. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1977. Pendleton has performed as a soloist in galas throughout Europe and at the Metropolitan Opera House as well as with his own company, Momix, which he founded with Alison Chase in 1980.
INBAL PINTO, Choreographer, was born in Israel in 1969. She studied graphic design at The Bezalel Academi in Jerusalem. As a dancer, she first joined The Bat Sheva Ensemble and then the senior Bat Sheva Company. In 1990 she began her career as a choreographer. In 1997 and 1998 she was invited to The American Dance Festival to take part in its International Choreographers Program. In 2000 Inbal won The Bessie - a New York Dance and Performance Award for her creation Wrapped. Inbal also created the choreography for theater plays like The Chairs and Romeo and Juliet. In 2000 she was given The Ministry of Culture Award for Dance and the Tel Aviv Municipality Award for Artistic achievements. Since 1992 Inbal Pinto has been working with Avshalom Pollak, with whom she founded The Inbal Pinto Dance Company.
AVSHALOM POLLAK, Choreographer, was born in Israel in 1970. He was trained as an actor and graduated from The Nissan Nativ Drama School, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Avshalom acted in a large number of films and TV programs as well as many theatrical plays at The Habimah National Theater, The Cameri Theater, Gesher Theater and The Haifa Municipal Theater (Romeo in Romeo and Juliet; Casssio in Othello; Valere in The Miser; Tuzenbach in Three Sisters, Phillip in Orphans and more). Since 1992 Avshalom Pollak has been working with Inbal Pinto, with whom he founded The Inbal Pinto Dance Company. Together, they have created, choreographed and designed, works to be performed by the Company.
David Poe, Composer, was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Dayton, Ohio, where he performed and recorded with local bands. He graduated from Miami University (Oxford) and relocated to New York City in 1992, serving as a live mix engineer for the performance art venue CB's 313 Gallery until he was signed to Sony Music in 1996. Poe's self-titled debut (1997 in US; 1999 in Europe on Ulftone) was produced by T-Bone Burnett. Poe followed his debut with The Late Album (2002) and Love Is Red (2004 in Europe, 2005 in the US by 720/The Lab/Universal Music Group.) 2006 saw the release of a live performance DVD entitled David Poe: Onstage at World Café Live Universal Music Group. An EP of performances from an American tour of the same year was released by The Artists Den on iTunes as David Poe: Live and Solo. Another solo record is expected in 2009.
Paul Sullivan, Composer, has composed fourteen scores for Pilobolus since 1980. He has appeared as a conductor, performer, and composer on and off Broadway several times. Paul currently lives on the coast of Maine where he composes music for his own record label, River Music. Paul's award-winning piano albums include Sketches of Maine, A Visit to the Rockies, Folk Art, Nights in the Gardens of Maine, and Christmas in Maine. His most recent albums are Circle 'Round The Season and Memory Lane Collection.
Liz Prince, Costume Designer, has worked extensively with Bill T. Jones designing numerous works for his company as well as his work on the Boston Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Other design credits include works by: Doug Varone (Doug Varone and Dancers, Jose Limon Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company), Trey McIntyre (American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, PHILADANCO), Mark Dendy (Dendy Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dortmund Theater Ballet), Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Neil Greenberg, Jane Comfort, Bebe Miller, Lawrence Goldhuber and Ralph Lemon. Prince's costumes have been exhibited at The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She received a 1990 New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for costume design.
DAVID M. Chapman, Lighting Designer, was Director of Production for Pilobolus Dance Theatre from 1978 to 1997. A native of the Berkshires, his early credits include many summers with the Berkshire Theatre Festival and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and winters on the road with rock, mime, and dance tours. David has designed the lighting for numerous Pilobolus works including Day Two, Bonsai, Particle Zoo, and Axons. Other work includes positions as assistant lighting designer for the 1978 Spoleto Festival USA and Production Manager of the 1981 American Dance Festival. In his most recent New York project, he served as lighting coordinator for the Japanese singer Tokiko at Carnegie Hall. His lighting designs can also be seen in the repertory of Peter Pucci Plus Dancers. He was until May 2006 Director of Production for Jacobs Pillow and until 2008 was Director of Facilities and Production at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA.
Neil Peter Jampolis, Lighting Designer, has been lighting Pilobolus since 1975, creating more than 50 new works for the company. At the same time, he has had an active career as a set, lighting and costume designer for Broadway, where he has four Tony Nominations and a Tony Award, Off-Broadway, Dance, Regional Theater, and Opera, which he also directs. His designs, large and small, have appeared on every continent. His most recent New York outing was lighting the Metropolitan Opera's Iphigenie en Tauride in November of 2007. In addition, Jampolis is Professor of Theater at UCLA.
YOANN TIVOLI, Lighting Designer, was born in Angers, Maine et Loire, France. He received his Baccalauréat in electrotechnoloty from the Lycée d'Enseignement Technologique de Vienne in 1992, his BTS Eclairagiste- Sonorisateur from the Institut Génèral des Techniqques du Spectacle in 1994. He has designed lighting for many productions, including those of Cie Kafig, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the performance group MOI, as well as for Cie Les trios-huit, Cie Les Transformateurs in France, and Inbal Pinto Dance Company of Tel Aviv. Tivoli resides in Lyon.
Neil Patel, Set Designer, is a New York based scenic designer who works in theater, opera, dance, and film. He has designed Sideman, 'Night Mother, and Ring of Fire for Broadway. Off-Broadway his credits include productions at prominent theatres such as Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, BAM, New York Theater Workshop, Vineyard Theater, and Playwrights Horizon, having designed productions of Living Out, Here Lies Jenny, Dinner with Friends, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Quills, and The Grey Zone. His regional work has been seen at the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theater, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare among many others. His work with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company has been seen throughout the world, including the Holland Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Exit Festival in Paris, and BAM.
PETER SLUSZKA, Film Animator, is a NY based animator/director who has manipulated everything from traditional foam latex puppets, to meat, origami, snow, and yarn. He was assisted on the project Rushes for Pilobolus by Hayley Morris and Stephanie Zuzzolo.