Editor's Pick: A first time for everything


The Pilobolus collaborative is known for its inventive physical approach to modern dance.

Photo by John Kane

Penn Presents audiences are familiar with the inventive, acrobatic grace of the Pilobolus Dance Company. So for its latest Philadelphia engagement, the troupe is giving its fans something new.

Pilobolus’ all-premiere performance at the Annenberg Center May 16 to 18 features the Philadelphia premiere of “The Brass Ring,” a work commissioned for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and the world premiere of an as-yet-untitled work. Raymond T. Grant, director of the 2002 Cultural Olympiad, said, “Pilobolus epitomizes [modern Olympics founder] Pierre de Coubertin’s definition of Olympism as sport plus art.”


- PILOBOLUS: Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18 in Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.; see day-by-day listings for performance times and ticket prices. Tickets/info: www.pennpresents.org or 215-898-3900.

Originally published on May 9, 2002