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Stage Hands: Pilobolus Holds Open Workshop


Former Pilobolus dancer Otis Cook (center) leads an enthusiastic group of dancers and non-dancers alike through a weight-sharing exercise during an April 2 community dance workshop. Cook introduced workshop participants—drawn from Dartmouth and the surrounding communities—to Pilobolus's interactive, creative approach to choreography. With all concerns about looking silly quickly abandoned, participants became immersed in the experience and even produced choreographed dances. "I'm not a dancer and didn't know what to expect," said Susan Kirincich '92, who lives in nearby White River Junction, Vt. "But it was very playful, not intimidating at all. As a member of the community, it is so nice to be able to participate in something like this."

The Hopkins Center's Outreach and Arts Education Department organized the public workshops, which were part of Pilobolus@Play, a celebration of the Dartmouth-founded Pilobolus Dance Theatre that included a Montgomery Fellow residency; Leaving Tracks: Historicizing Modern Dance, a symposium organized by the Leslie Center for the Humanities; a Hood Museum of Art exhibition; and the world-premiere performance of B'zyrk, a Dartmouth-commissioned work by Pilobolus Artistic Co-Director Jonathan Wolken '71.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08