By KIM HWANG
ST. PAUL (May 4, 2013) — Ordway performers never cease to amaze me. The Ordway Theater’s ability to gather amazing productions and dance companies reveals an unrelenting and honest commitment to expose Minnesotans to ongoing creative talent. On Saturday evening, I had the honor of attending a dance performance by Pilobolus at the Ordway with my good friend Ms. Barbara Amram. We were very excited as we sat at the edge of our seats for the performance to begin.
We were thrilled to have, center row seats to experience the original and breath taking work of Pilobolus. Fortunately for me, Barb had seen Pilobolus a couple of times before. Like Barb, she was kind and shared with me a historical framework of their innovative work. Both, Barb and I would like to thank the Ordway Theater for allowing us to share in this breathtaking dance experience and for continuing to bring ingenious talent to the Twin Cities.
Pilobolus has been around for forty years, founded in 1971. The dance company prides themselves on using dancer’s bodies to manifest images through creative poses and original choreography. Pilobolus produces performances through a medium of modern dance, which are both, magical to your eyes and awe-inspiring. The energy of their work is unprecedented and truly engineered to engage critical thoughts and emotional responses from the audience. Much like beautiful and symmetrical moving art in kaleidoscope, dancers contort their bodies in wonderful nuanced positions and processes that reveal images you would not imagine a collective body of people could create.
Tonight’s performance peaked all of my senses. Between the upbeat and charismatic music and the bright fluorescent colors of costumes, which paralleled beautiful backdrops, I was mesmerized! Dancers were able to expand a repertoire of dance which swallowed the audience whole and captured everyone’s attention. Each performance was unique, ingenious and qualitatively different form the one prior. Each dancer captivated the audience in there own way and revealed a level of athleticism and balance, which required incredible training, practice and precision. From shadow puppets, ballet, gymnastics, robotics, lighting, music and props, you never knew what would unfold from one minute to the next.
The collective group’s ability to remain synchronized throughout the entire performance was beyond conceptualization. Their slow, exact and paced moves, followed rhythms, which required uniformity and dexterous movements. They were incredibly talented, fun and humor filled as well. The smiles of patrons lit up the room.
After a long cold Minnesota winter, which seemed to insist that people remain indoors, it was a tonic to see such unbelievable talent. It warmed my heart to be in the company of my good friend Barb at this very special Pilobolus performance! I would attend a performance in a heartbeat if they were to come to the Twin Cities again!