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By Rona Hirsch and Rona Hirsch,Contributing Writer | June 23, 1995
In an effort to connect with each other, Pilobolus dancers pile on top of one another, transforming themselves into a human sculpture before moving as one, huge clump. Or they lift a fellow dancer off the floor before flinging him across the room.Such choreography -- the trademark of Pilobolus Dance Theatre -- will be presented at the Columbia Festival of the Arts in two sold-out performances tonight and tomorrow at the auditorium of Wilde Lake High School at River Hill in Clarksville.Because of the innovative dance company's reputation for originality and fun, all 1,460 tickets to both performances sold out more than two weeks ago. But a free lecture demonstration explaining the company's creative process will be presented at 2 p.m. today at Wilde Lake High.
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By Mike Giuliano | June 6, 2013
The 26th annual Columbia Festival of the Arts once again brings an impressive roster of performers to Howard County from June 14 to 29. Some of these performers are returning favorites, while others are first-timers. Some will take a bow on their own, while others will collaborate with homegrown talent. All of them are booked by the festival in order to provide memorable artistic experiences for local audiences. "We have 16 days to present things you might not see anywhere else in the region," says Columbia Festival of the Arts executive director Nichole Hickey.
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By Charlotte Moler and Charlotte Moler,Contributing Writer | April 3, 1994
In the world of modern dance, Pilobolus is celebrated for its choreographic chutzpah.But surprisingly, while the internationally acclaimed dance company's performance at Harford Community College on March 27 was sometimes clever and always entertaining, it never really went over the top.A collaborative company that lists four artistic directors and credits multiple choreographers for most of its dances, Pilobolus is in its 23rd performance season, a...
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun reporter | March 29, 2007
Ten performers somersaulted across the stage at this year's Academy Awards and somehow transformed themselves into a Volkswagen bus with three passengers inside - and a man running behind, trying to catch up. It was the iconic image from Little Miss Sunshine, one of the films under consideration for best picture. Later, the group formed into a gun in homage to The Departed. Not so exciting, perhaps - until the "gun," amazingly, fired a "bullet" that flew through the air and into the wings.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | June 27, 1995
Pilobolus Dance Theater again showed why it has drawn standing-room-only audiences for more than 20 years while performing at Wilde Lake High School at Riverhill as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts.The New England-based company's Friday night concert was sold out, and the resounding applause proved that these five talented dancers had something for everyone on their program of five works.Opening the evening was "Quatrejeux," a young-as-spring romp with dancers Rebecca Anderson, Adam Battelstein, Rebecca Jung and Darryl Thomas.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | March 28, 1992
As anybody knows, whether you are an actor, a comedian, a dancer or a businessman, the secret is in the timing. It's obvious that choreographer/dancer Peter Pucci whose engaging company, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers, is closing the final segment of the Dance at the Edge Series this weekend at Towson State University, has been plugged into the secret for years.While Mr. Pucci has a reputation for being a comedian, his impeccable sense of "What Happens When" or "What Body Goes Where" is not limited to comedic dancing.
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By Rona Hirsch and Rona Hirsch,Contributing Writer | June 25, 1993
For its weekend debut in Maryland, Momix will perform its classic roster of modern dance pieces at the Columbia Festival of the Arts, saving its trendier numbers for another time.So tamer standards such as the partially nude women lip-synching opera while vying for space in a giant clamshell and the pair of torso-writhing skiers looking for love to the rhythms of King Sunny Ade and his African Beat, will be performed at 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. tomorrow at Wilde Lake High School."Momix is more radical than a standard modern dance company," said artistic director Moses Pendleton, who founded Momix 13 years ago out of his Connecticut home.
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | September 8, 1996
Mark Morris. Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Twyla Tharp's new company. Tap Dogs, from Australia. And a rich variety of ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington.Any way you look at it, the 1996-1997 season promises to be a memorable one for fans of ballet and modern dance in Baltimore and Washington.One of the fall's most interesting dance events is the Mark Morris Dance Group's appearance at the U.S. Naval Academy's Alumni Hall in Annapolis. Morris, once called the enfant terrible of the dance world, will present several of his works and perhaps raise a few eyebrows when he and his company dance Oct. 18-19.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer | March 25, 1992
His is not the stereotypical, from-private-lessons-to-conservatory background of the arts world. Instead, Peter Pucci grew up in the Claremont public housing project in East Baltimore, worked construction and other jobs from age 14 on to help his family out and relied on scholarships to attend college.Yet today, at 37, Mr. Pucci is a choreographer and dancer in demand by the likes of the Joffrey Ballet, which recently commissioned him to create a piece to the music of Prince, and directs his own modern dance company in New York.
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By Mike Giuliano | June 6, 2013
The 26th annual Columbia Festival of the Arts once again brings an impressive roster of performers to Howard County from June 14 to 29. Some of these performers are returning favorites, while others are first-timers. Some will take a bow on their own, while others will collaborate with homegrown talent. All of them are booked by the festival in order to provide memorable artistic experiences for local audiences. "We have 16 days to present things you might not see anywhere else in the region," says Columbia Festival of the Arts executive director Nichole Hickey.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 13, 1998
In yesterday's announcement of the Kennedy Center's dance schedule, a contact number was omitted. For tickets and information about Kennedy Center events, call 202-467-4600.The Sun regrets the errors.Next season at the Kennedy Center features some smashing dance, including the American debut of the Stanislavsky Ballet from Moscow and the local debut of the Royal Swedish Ballet, which until now has performed its U.S. engagements only in New York.The center's "America Dancing" series will present four nTC commissioned collaborations between noted American choreographers and jazz composer-performers.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 18, 1998
The headliners of the 1998 Columbia Festival of the Arts, which begins this weekend, are a festival in themselves. And then there are all the backup events, including an extra-splashy LakeFest.In pop music, there's Aretha Franklin. In dance, Pilobolus. Junction Avenue Theater is coming from South Africa and novelist Reynolds Price from North Carolina.In addition, there's a daylong program of "African Connections," a homage to Pablo Picasso and the gorgeous puppets of Figures of Speech Theater.
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | September 8, 1996
Mark Morris. Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Twyla Tharp's new company. Tap Dogs, from Australia. And a rich variety of ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington.Any way you look at it, the 1996-1997 season promises to be a memorable one for fans of ballet and modern dance in Baltimore and Washington.One of the fall's most interesting dance events is the Mark Morris Dance Group's appearance at the U.S. Naval Academy's Alumni Hall in Annapolis. Morris, once called the enfant terrible of the dance world, will present several of his works and perhaps raise a few eyebrows when he and his company dance Oct. 18-19.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | June 27, 1995
Pilobolus Dance Theater again showed why it has drawn standing-room-only audiences for more than 20 years while performing at Wilde Lake High School at Riverhill as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts.The New England-based company's Friday night concert was sold out, and the resounding applause proved that these five talented dancers had something for everyone on their program of five works.Opening the evening was "Quatrejeux," a young-as-spring romp with dancers Rebecca Anderson, Adam Battelstein, Rebecca Jung and Darryl Thomas.
NEWS
By Rona Hirsch and Rona Hirsch,Contributing Writer | June 23, 1995
In an effort to connect with each other, Pilobolus dancers pile on top of one another, transforming themselves into a human sculpture before moving as one, huge clump. Or they lift a fellow dancer off the floor before flinging him across the room.Such choreography -- the trademark of Pilobolus Dance Theatre -- will be presented at the Columbia Festival of the Arts in two sold-out performances tonight and tomorrow at the auditorium of Wilde Lake High School at River Hill in Clarksville.Because of the innovative dance company's reputation for originality and fun, all 1,460 tickets to both performances sold out more than two weeks ago. But a free lecture demonstration explaining the company's creative process will be presented at 2 p.m. today at Wilde Lake High.
NEWS
By Charlotte Moler and Charlotte Moler,Contributing Writer | April 3, 1994
In the world of modern dance, Pilobolus is celebrated for its choreographic chutzpah.But surprisingly, while the internationally acclaimed dance company's performance at Harford Community College on March 27 was sometimes clever and always entertaining, it never really went over the top.A collaborative company that lists four artistic directors and credits multiple choreographers for most of its dances, Pilobolus is in its 23rd performance season, a...
FEATURES
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun reporter | March 29, 2007
Ten performers somersaulted across the stage at this year's Academy Awards and somehow transformed themselves into a Volkswagen bus with three passengers inside - and a man running behind, trying to catch up. It was the iconic image from Little Miss Sunshine, one of the films under consideration for best picture. Later, the group formed into a gun in homage to The Departed. Not so exciting, perhaps - until the "gun," amazingly, fired a "bullet" that flew through the air and into the wings.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 13, 1998
In yesterday's announcement of the Kennedy Center's dance schedule, a contact number was omitted. For tickets and information about Kennedy Center events, call 202-467-4600.The Sun regrets the errors.Next season at the Kennedy Center features some smashing dance, including the American debut of the Stanislavsky Ballet from Moscow and the local debut of the Royal Swedish Ballet, which until now has performed its U.S. engagements only in New York.The center's "America Dancing" series will present four nTC commissioned collaborations between noted American choreographers and jazz composer-performers.
NEWS
By Rona Hirsch and Rona Hirsch,Contributing Writer | June 25, 1993
For its weekend debut in Maryland, Momix will perform its classic roster of modern dance pieces at the Columbia Festival of the Arts, saving its trendier numbers for another time.So tamer standards such as the partially nude women lip-synching opera while vying for space in a giant clamshell and the pair of torso-writhing skiers looking for love to the rhythms of King Sunny Ade and his African Beat, will be performed at 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. tomorrow at Wilde Lake High School."Momix is more radical than a standard modern dance company," said artistic director Moses Pendleton, who founded Momix 13 years ago out of his Connecticut home.
FEATURES
By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | March 28, 1992
As anybody knows, whether you are an actor, a comedian, a dancer or a businessman, the secret is in the timing. It's obvious that choreographer/dancer Peter Pucci whose engaging company, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers, is closing the final segment of the Dance at the Edge Series this weekend at Towson State University, has been plugged into the secret for years.While Mr. Pucci has a reputation for being a comedian, his impeccable sense of "What Happens When" or "What Body Goes Where" is not limited to comedic dancing.
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