BEYOND THE STAGE with Pilobolus


Following sold-out performances throughout Europe and Asia, Pilobolus’s Shadowland makes its North American Premiere at NYU Skirball. Pilobolus’s Shadowland is a mix of shadow theater, dance, circus, and concert, incorporating multiple moving screens of different sizes and shapes to create a performance that merges projected images with front-of-screen choreography. Shadowland was the first show of its kind to combine shadow theater with dance and has since inspired many similar productions around the world

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Review: BWW Review: Pilobolus Presents SHADOWLAND (BroadwayWorld)
“The remarkable quality of the Pilobolus dancers is that they can fulfill dual roles as both storytellers and athletic dancers.” —Jennifer Fried December 1, 2015

Review: Shadowland (Eye On the Arts, NY)
“The show’s strength lies in the charms and malleability of shadows, Pilobolus’ torrent of ideas, most winningly with their play on framing and perspectives.” —Deirdre Towers, November 29, 2015

Review: Shadowland  (Lighting and Sound America)
“You don’t find many — or any — dance reviews in this column, but, for sheer mastery of a specific stage effect, Shadowland is hard to beat.” —David Barbour, November 25 2015

Review: In “Shadowland,” Pilobolus invents a form of silhouetted kinetic poses (The Komisar Scoop)
“Pilobolus takes dance theater to a new dimension, transforming the performers to silhouetted figures behind a screen, using body artistry to turn dancers into shadows of elephants, café tables, lobsters and a centaur.” — Lucy Komisar, November 2015

Review: Stage Door: Shadowland, Ripcord (Huffington Post)
“It’s amazing what you can do with a dancer, a screen and eerie lighting.
Shadowland, a haunting, hypnotic phantasmagoria, now at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, is a triumph of ingenuity.” —Fern Siegel, November 24, 2015

Review: Pilobolus in ‘Shadowland’ (Stage Buddy)
“Shadowland is an Alice in Wonderland for the new age” —Melanie Brown November 24, 2015

Review: In ‘Shadowland’ Opening the Makeup Case and Unleashing a New World (The New York Times)
“Shadowland is deft, teeming with clever tricks of the body, scenery and light.”—Siobhan Burke, November 23 2015

“Shadowland is for adults and children alike. As much theater as dance, it’s theatrical, magical, and thoroughly entertaining.”—Alix Cohen, November 23, 2015

Review: Pilobolus: Shadowland North American Premiere (Critical Dance)
“Shadowland impresses as an edgy combination of dance, circus, acrobatics, and theatrical magic; a joyous extravaganza every bit as worthy of seasonal celebration as The Nutcracker.” —Jerry Hochman, November 21, 2015

Interview: Pilobolus’ Executive Director, Itamar Kubovy, on the North American Premiere of Shadowland (StageBuddy)
“World-renowned dance company Pilobolus premieres Shadowland later this month at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. We talked to Executive Director Itamar Kubovy about the show, the company’s process, and what’s in store for the future.” — Melanie Brown, November 12, 2015

Interview: BWW Interview: Itamar Kubovy Talks Pilobolus’ Shadowland (BroadwayWorld)
“Itamar Kubovy, one of the creators of the show, spoke with BroadwayWorld about how the magic of Shadowland is almost like “SpongeBob meets The Nutcracker.”— Reilly Hickey November 17, 2015

Interview: ‘A Fable Told Through Shadows’: Pilobolus’ Shadowland Makes U.S. Debut (DIYDancer)
“Escape into the world of shadow illusion this November when modern dance troupe Pilobolus brings its evening-length Shadowland to an American stage for the first time.”

Article:  Before Seeing Shadowland, See Five Videos of the Incredible Pilobolus Dance Company In Action (BroadwayBox)— November 19, 2015

Article: Pilobolus Turns Shadows Into Dance (TDF Stages)
“Since 1971, Pilobolus has stretched the ways in which dancers share and shift weight in modern dance” —Lauren Kay, November 19, 2015

Video clip: Pilobolus’ Shadowland on BBC One’s The One Show

Livestream Periscope Talk  November 21 4:00pm
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Pre-Show Lobby Talk November 22 1:00pm
Join us before the performance for a pre-show lobby talk given by the artistic team of Pilobolus. They will discuss the creation of Shadowland and the rediscovery of shadows as a contemporary narrative performance technique. Moderated by filmmaker, Ira Sachs.

Post-Show Discussion and Q&A November 23+24 and December 2+4

Join us for a post-show discussion and Q&A with the artists.