Groundbreaking dance group comes to Miller Auditorium

Pilobolus is a dance company founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971. Physically and intellectually, the company engages and inspires audiences around the world through performance, education and consultation. On Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Pilobolus will take the stage at Miller Auditorium.

Along with the April 15 performance, Pilobolus will also offer several educational opportunities while they are in Kalamazoo. In partnership with the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency’s Education for the Arts program, school performances will take place at Miller Auditorium on April 15 & 16, presenting the creative talents of Pilobolus to thousands of area K-8 students. There will also be a master class—led by Pilobolus company members—for Western Michigan University and Education for the Arts dance students on Monday, April 14 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Multimedia Room at Dalton Center on WMU’s campus. Members of the public are welcome to observe this special master class event.

The original company, Pilobolus Dance Theater, has been touring its 115 pieces of repertory to more than 64 countries over the last 42 years. Pilobolus’s Shadowland, the company’s evening-length show currently touring Europe, the Middle East and Asia, has been seen by more than a half-million people in the three years since it was created.

The Lab’s educational programming—which applies Pilobolus’s unique collaborative process to help all kinds of groups work better and achieve common goals—includes workshops, master classes, residencies and children’s programming. Educational partners include Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harlem Children’s Zone, American Dance Festival, and NYC and CT Public Schools.

Pilobolus has been featured across the world at the 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007), and on Sesame Street, Oprah, 60 Minutes and Late Night with Conan O’ Brien. It has been recognized with prestigious honors, such as the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choreography, and a TED Fellowship for presenting at the TED conference in 2005. Pilobolus holds the 2011 Guinness World Record for fitting the most people into a Mini Cooper (26); and in 2012, the company was nominated for a Grammy™ Award for its interactive music video collaboration with OK Go and Google Chrome Japan, ‘All is Not Lost.’ For more information and video preview, visit the Pilobolus website at

Pilobolus is part of the Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight Series and is welcomed by Meijer. Tickets are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.

Groups of 10 or more can call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.


What: Pilobolus

When: Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Miller Auditorium on the campus of Western Michigan University.

How Much: Tickets range from $25-$45 and are available now. Visit the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office, call (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 or visit

Group discounts available at (269) 387-2312.

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