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Dancers in Pilobolus with Ties to Lawrence and Kansas City

Pilobolus Dance Theater
photo: John Kane
Pilobolus Dance Theater

Pilobolus Dance Theater was founded in the early 1970s by non-dancers who met in a Dartmouth dance class. Their first gig: the opening act for a Frank Zappa concert.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – The troupe of acrobatic dancers has become widely known, in recent years, through commercials and appearances at the Oscars, for their intricate human pile-ups playing with illusion and reality. Two members of the group have local ties: Jun Kuribayashi (who grew up in Lawrence), and Winston Dynamite Brown (who grew up in Kansas City).

Pilobolus Dance Theater
Friday, February 5, 2010, 7:30 pm
Lied Center in Lawrence.

Pilobolus will perform a program in six pieces, including Redline, Gnomen, Walklyndon, Dog?id, Rushes and the world premiere of Hitched.

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