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Pilobolus Dance Theater To Perform on “Penn and Teller: Fool Us” on the CW Network

Pilobolus Dance Theater To Perform on

“Penn and Teller: Fool Us”

on the CW Network

Friday, September 2 at 9:00 pm

Company to Preview Dance Work Created with Penn and Teller to be Performed at NYU Skirball Center, November 16 – December 4

Pilobolus,esc,--by-John-KaneNew York, NY, September 1, 2016 – The internationally acclaimed Pilobolus Dance Theater will perform on “Penn and Teller: Fool Us” on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 9 pm, ET on the CW Network.  The company will perform [esc], created in collaboration with Penn and Teller.
The piece will be performed  live in New York  as part of Pilobolus’s 2016 season at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, November 16 – December 4, 2016, featuring a mix of  dance, physical theater, short film, and Pilobolus’s surrealistic and magical physical language and nine works, including the New York premieres of Thresh/Hold and Wednesday Morning, 11:45, as well as revivals of Pilobolus classics Day 2 and Gnomon, and collaborations with Penn and Teller ([esc]) and alt-band OK Go (All is Not Lost).
The “Fool Us” episode, called “The Great Escape” (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, DL) (HDTV) features aspiring magicians who are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller, who will get to see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. In addition to Pilobolus, the episode will feature magicians Xavier Mortimer, Fielding West, Caleb Wiles, and Kevin Hall the Magic Maniac.
Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets.
Pilobolus is an internationally acclaimed collective, renowned for its unique, diverse collaborations that ignore preconceived barriers between creative disciplines. The company is committed to constantly making things, always creating collaboratively, and always exploring ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. Pilobolus was founded in 1971 by a group of Dartmouth College students with no training in dance and no interest in playing by the rules. They employed an inventive naïveté that the contemporary “Pilobolus 2.0” energetically applies to the diversity of opportunities in today’s world.  The company puts its intense creative energy into action in the communities where it performs, teaching groups of people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities new ways of thinking independently, forming genuine human connection, working collaboratively, and finding beauty in unexpected places.
Pilobolus has created and toured over 120 pieces of repertory to more than 65 countries, and currently performs its work for over 300,000 people across the U.S. and around the world each year. Pilobolus was featured this month on the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards and on the  “79th Annual Academy Awards Broadcast,“ “60 Minutes,” “Sesame Street,” “Oprah,” “Ellen” and “Late Night with Conan O’ Brien.” Pilobolus has been recognized with many prestigious honors, including a Scripps Award in 2000, a Dance Magazine Award in 2010, a TED Fellowship, a 2010 Grammy® Award Nomination, and several Cannes Lion Awards at the International Festival of Creativity. In 2015, Pilobolus was named one of Dance Heritage Coalition’s “Irreplaceable Dance Treasures.”


NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. NYU Skirball’s mission is to showcase and support diverse and eclectic talent from around the world, while cultivating audiences for live performance through deeper engagement opportunities. For more information visit:  www.nyuskirball.org.


Pilobolus will play for 20 performances, November 16 – December 4, 2016 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.   Tickets range from $55 – $85 (A 20% discount is available when purchasing two or more performances). Tickets may be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org or in person at the NYU Skirball Center Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00–6:00 P.M. NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.

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