ABOUT THE SHOW

  • Shadowland

    PRESENTED BY PILOBOLUS

    "PUNCHY, THRILLING AND SLICK" The Guardian (London)

    Seen by more than half a million people worldwide theatre sensation SHADOWLAND ​returns to Australia. Through their unique fusion of shadow, theatre and dance, audiences are mesmerised as human bodies transform themselves into faces, cars, buildings and more inside the SHADOWLAND​.

    Performed by acclaimed dance troupe Pilobolus, SHADOWLAND​was conceived after their appearance at the Academy Awards

    It follows the surreal experience of a young girl’s sensational world as she comes of age; taking the audience into this universe through its funny and moving story.

    "BRILLIANT" Sydney Morning Herald

    "VISUALLY STUNNING" Courier Mail

  • KLARA BEYELER

    Dog Girl/Dancer

    KLARA BEYELER comes from South West France. She started dancing at age 6 and has trained in many different styles, while gradually starting to teach and choreograph as well. At 21, she graduated with a degree in Philosophy and headed for New York City to study at the Broadway Dance Center. She quickly started to dance for Cecilia Marta, Battery Dance, Enforced Arch, Artichoke Dance, and Eva Dean Dance. She joined Pilobolus in 2013 and is grateful and excited to be a part of the Shadowland cast.

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    NATHANIEL BUCHSBAUM

    Dancer

    NATHANIEL BUCHSBAUM was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and realized his love for movement while attending high school in Florida. He worked as a guest artist with the Tallahassee Ballet and in 2011 graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Dance. Nathaniel has had the pleasure of working with KineticArchitecture, Amalgamate Dance Company, Gerri Houlihan, ...

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    KRISTINA DOBOSZ

    Dancer

    KRISTINA DOBOSZ (Dancer) was born and bred proudly in Brooklyn, New York. She joined Pilobolus's Shadowland in 2012 post receiving her BA in Dance from Hunter College and has toured with this incredibly unique show all over the world. Along with being a professional artist and dancer she currently owns a private movement therapy business based in NYC. Kristina endlessly thanks her closest friends, ...

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    HEATHER JEANE FAVRETTO

    Dog Girl/Dancer

    HEATHER JEANE FAVRETTO grew up in New Jersey where her hyperactivity as a child drove her parents to place her in dance classes. Sixteen years later, she received her BFA in Dance from Rutgers University and was awarded the Dance Express Honor for four years of consistently outstanding choreography. Upon graduation she worked for Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Cleo Mack Dance Project, and Naganuma Dance. ...

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    ERIKO (Erica) JIMBO

    Dancer

    ERIKO (Erica) JIMBO (Dancer), originally from Japan, earned her BFA in Dance from North Carolina School of the Arts. Since then, she has danced professionally with several different companies, productions, and choreographers, all over the globe. She loves exploring and broadening her knowledge of movement and skills by challenging herself to new fields.  She has a background in modern/contemporary, aerial silks, lyra, ...

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    ALEXANDER WINDNER LIEBERMAN

    Dancer

    ALEXANDER WINDNER LIEBERMAN,  is a performance artist, video and projection artist, and live art curator. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in theatre and a minor in dance, Alexander moved to Brooklyn, New York to pursue a professional career in performance. Alexander was introduced to innovative projection work while touring worldwide for three years with Pilobolus’s Shadowland. ...

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    MANELICH MINNIEFEE

    Dancer

    MANELICH MINNIEFEE, was raised in North Carolina by a family of artists. His mother is an actress and his father and younger brother are both musicians. Manelich was first introduced to modern dance and to Pilobolus dance Company as a student at the American Dance Festival in 1998. That fall he went on to attend high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts where he graduated in 2000. He went on to attend NYU’s ...

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    ARIANA NAKAMINE

    Dancer

    ARIANA NAKAMINE A Los Angeles native, Ariana has been able to call New York "home" for the past six years. She parted from the LA-based contemporary group collidEdance to study classical Modern Dance at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. Shortly after receiving her BFA, she began working with Pilobolus Creative Services, and in 2014 became a cast member of Shadowland. Ariana has performed in countries around the world ...

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    JUSTIN NORRIS

    Dancer

    JUSTIN NORRIS, was born and raised in Western Massachusetts and is a self-taught student of multimedia expressions ranging from graffiti, to fine art, to dance. Beginning his exploration with visual art about sixteen years ago, Norris began his experimentations in graffiti, and has gradually worked his way onto canvas and other non-traditional mediums.  At the age of seventeen he found his love for movement and dance while ...

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    DEREK STRATTON

    Dance Captain/Dancer

    DEREK STRATTON is excited to be back on tour with Shadowland. Derek was born and raised in Norwich, NY.  Having found a love for the Stage, Derek decided to pass up medical school at Syracuse University to attend the dance program at Brockport College where he received his BA in Dance in 2002.  Derek has performed with the Jose Limon Dance Company and Mark Haim, has been a guest dancer, choreographer and teacher with ...

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    JACOB MICHAEL WARREN

    Dancer

    JACOB MICHAEL WARREN was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Boston, MA where he began tap dancing. Tap gave way to ballet and modern dance, and in 2009, Jake graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance. Since graduation, Jake has performed in New York and around the world with Armitage Gone! Dance, The Steps on Broadway Ensemble, TakeDance, and Pilobolus’s Shadowland. He has done multiple film, musical, ...

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  • ROBBY BARNETT

    CREATIVE TEAM AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF PILOBOLUS

    born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains and attended Dartmouth College. He joined Pilobolus in 1971.

    MICHAEL TRACY

    CREATIVE TEAM AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF PILOBOLUS

    born in Florence and raised in New England.He met the other Pilobolus founders at Dartmouth in 1969, becoming an Artistic Director after graduating magna cum laude in 1973. He toured with Pilobolus for 14 years — for eight as the only touring Director — and continues to choreograph and direct the company.

    He has set his work on the Joffrey, Ohio, Hartford, Nancy, and Verona Ballets and choreographed a production of Mozart’s Magic Flute with John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, and a national tour production for the National Theater of the Deaf. Mr. Tracy taught at Yale University for two decades and lives in northwestern Connecticut.

    ITAMAR KUBOVY

    CREATIVE TEAM AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PILOBOLUS

    After graduating from Yale with a degree in Philosophy and before joining Pilobolus as its first Executive Director in 2004, Kubovy ran theaters in Germany and Sweden, directed plays by John Guare, co-directed the 2002 season finale of “The West Wing,” and made a film, Upheaval, starring Frances McDormand.

    At Pilobolus, Kubovy founded and co-curates the critically acclaimed International Collaborators Project, which opens the choreographic process to artists and thinkers from diverse fields. Recent collaborators include Inbal Pinto/Avshalom Pollak, Art Spiegelman, Basil Twist, the MIT Distributed Robotics Lab, the band OK Go, and European choreographer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Kubovy also evolved and heads up Pilobolus Creative Services...

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    MATT KENT

    CREATIVE TEAM AND ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF PILOBOLUS

    has worked with Pilobolus, Inc. since 1996, as a dancer, collaborator, creative director, choreographer, and associate artistic director. Matt was Pilobolus’s Head Choreographer for Andre Heller’s Magnifico, a large scale circus production, as well as the choreographer for a Sports Emmy nominated teaser for Pilobolus’s collaboration with the NFL network, and one of Pilobolus’s television appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

    He has performed in over 24 countries and on Pilobolus’s appearance on the 79th Academy Awards...

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    RENÉE JAWORSKI

    CREATIVE TEAM AND ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE OF PILOBOLUS

    received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.Upon graduating she began work with MOMIX, performing and teaching throughout the world as well as creating her own work in Philadelphia. She began performing with Pilobolus in 2000, working on exciting projects such as the 2007 Academy Awards. She has served as dance captain, master teacher , rehearsal director, and most recently director and choreographer for many of the companies collaborations with artists and entities such as Dan Zanes, Steven Banks, Takuya Muramatsu, the rock band OKGO, Michael Moschen, RadioLab and Sidi Larbi Cherkoui. In 2010 her Alma Mater honored her with the University’s Silver Star Alumni Award for work as an artist in the field of dance. Renee lives in CT with her husband and daughter.

    STEVEN BANKS

    CREATIVE TEAM

    is the Emmy-nominated head writer of SpongeBob Squarepants. He wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed one-man show Home Entertainment Center on Showtime and the PBS series The Steven Banks Show. He has written over twenty children’s books including two New York Times best sellers. His first novel, King of the Creeps, was recently published by Knopf. He wrote the libretto and additional lyrics for SpongeBob: The Musical! for Richard Frankel Productions. His plays include Love Tapes (co-written with Penn Jillette) and American Love Sex Death...

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    DAVID POE

    COMPOSER

    is an American songwriter, producer and composer for film, theater and dance. His recordings include his eponymous debut (Sony/550), The Late Album (Sony/Epic), and Love Is Red (Universal), David Poe Live & Solo (The Artists Den) and a live performance DVD, David Poe Onstage at World Café (Decca/Universal.)

    Poe created the music for choreographer Jill Johnson’s “The Copier” which premiered last summer at New York’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. He scored the films Capers, Dare, Harvest and Little Spirit, and has collaborated with numerous songwriters, including T-Bone Burnett, Kraig Jarret Johnson, Regina Spektor, Duncan Sheik, Reni Lane and Grace Potter. Music from his collaboration with Pilobolus will be released in 2009.

    NEIL PATEL

    SET DESIGNER

    is a New York based scenic designer who works in theater, opera, dance and film. He has designed ‘Night Mother and Ring of Fire for Broadway. Off-Broadway his credits include productions at prominent theatres such as Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, BAM, New York Theater Workshop, Vineyard Theater and Playwrights Horizon, Living Out, Here Lies Jenny, Dinner with Friends, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Quills and The Grey Zone.

    His regional work has been seen at the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theater, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare among many others. His work with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company has been seen throughout the world, including the Holland Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Exit Festival in Paris and BAM.

    LIZ PRINCE

    COSTUME DESIGNER

    has worked extensively with Bill T. Jones designing numerous works for his company as welll as his work on the Boston Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Other design credits include works by: Doug Varone (Doug Varone and Dancers, Jose Limon Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company), Trey McIntyre (American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, PHILADANCO), Mark Dendy (Dendy Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dortmund Theater Ballet), Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Neil Greenberg, Jane Comfort, Bebe Miller, Lawrence Goldhuber and Ralph Lemon.

    Prince’s costumes have been exhibited at The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She received a 1990 New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for costume design.

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