Fabulous Pilobolus.

Author:Oechsle, Lindsey
Position:WORKS IN PROGRESS - Brief article


Indiana University professor and anthropologist Anya Peterson Royce contends that you don't have to study the primitive cultures of Central Australia or the Pueblo groups of southern Oaxaca to find philosophy in group performance. Royce finds all of that and more in America's Pilobolus Dance Theatre and is writing a book, "Pilobolus: Collaboration, Innovation, and the Embodiment of Form."

As an ethnographer, Royce immersed herself in the work and lives of the Pilobolus company members and came to believe that it is not only the style of dance and performance that distinguishes Pilobolus from other contemporary American dance companies. She was also intrigued by its unconventional philosophy: that choreography is a collaborative creative process with improvisation at its...

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