ABOUT THE SHOW

  • Shadowland

    PRESENTED BY PILOBOLUS

    For the first time in Australia Pilobolus presents Shadowland, a fusion of shadow theatre, illusion and dance using dynamic screens, where exotic creatures and beautiful images are magically conjured seemingly out of thin air. Shadowland has been featured on the 79th Annual Academy Awards, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

    With more than 100 choreographic works performed in over 64 countries, internationally acclaimed dance troupe Pilobolus is known for their legendary approach to modern dance combined with collaborative choreographic process and a unique weight-sharing approach to partnering and sculptural creations.

    The story is a surreal experience of a young girl’s sensational world as she comes of age. A small house on a small street. A teenage girl prepares for bed. She longs for independence, but to her parents she is still a little girl. With nowhere for her thoughts to go but into her dreams, she falls asleep only to wake to something lurking behind her bedroom wall — her shadow. The wall of her room suddenly starts to spin, trapping her on the other side. Unable to escape, the girl sets off on a journey of discovery, going deeper and deeper into Shadowland.

    Set to a rhythmic original score by musician, producer and film composer David Poe, and created in collaboration with lead writer Steven Banks, Shadowland is a universal and intimately portrayed experience that is both comedic and intensely dramatic.

  • NATHANIEL BUCHSBAUM

    DANCER

    Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Nathaniel started dancing in Florida with the Danscompany of Gainesville.

    He received a BFA in Dance from Florida State University, where he trained under Dan Wagoner, Lynda Davis, Gerri Houlihan, Tim Glenn, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. He was a member of the school’s Dance Repertory Theater company under the direction of Lynda Davis and performed as a guest artist with The Tallahassee Ballet. Nathaniel has performed in works by José Limón, Martha Clarke, Camille A. Brown, Robert Battle, and most recently with New York - based artists...

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    KRYSTAL BUTLER

    DANCER

    Krystal is from Washington, DC where she graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts training in Ballet and Horton technique under the direction of Charles Auggins and Sandra Fortune.

    After high school, she received a scholarship to American Dance Festival in 2004 and again in 2008 where she had the opportunity to work with artists such as Louis Johnson, Christopher Huggins, Robert Battle, Earl Mosley, Camille Brown, and Dianne McIntyre, to name a few. She holds a B.F.A. from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus in Dance Performance. While in New York, Krystal danced second with Forces of Nature Dance Theater...

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    VICTORIA DeRENZO

    DANCER

    Victoria was born in New York, grew up in Tampa Florida and went to school in Columbus Ohio. Each state holding a special place in her heart and identity. She began dancing at a young age at New Tampa Dance Theatre and continued through college, receiving her BFA in Dance and graduating summa cum-laude from the Ohio State University in 2010.

    After attending ImpulsTanz International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria for two years with fellow OSU alumnus Katie Stehura on the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Grant , they began making artistic work together and moved to Brooklyn, New York...

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    KRISTINA DOBOSZ

    DANCER

    Kristina was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She began dancing at a small studio when she was four, training in a plethora of dance styles. Along with her childhood studio, she credits her prodigious dance background for her sense of rhythm.

    She recently graduated with Sum Cum Laude and Performance Honors in Dance, from Hunter College. There, Kristina studied with incredible professors who expanded her contemporary dance world, performing in works by Alwin Nikolais and Laura Peterson. She has performed all over NYC including Lincoln Center, the Joyce Theater, St. Mark’s Church and Symphony Space...

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    JARED DOSTER

    DANCER

    Jared is from Huntsville Texas, where he started dancing in college in 2004. Jared went on to complete a B.F.A in Dance and a B.S. in Industrial Development and Design from Sam Houston State University.

    Jared is a diverse hip hop and modern dancer who has performed all over Texas, New York, and Europe, and has worked professionally for many dance companies such as Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Rednerrus Feil Dance Company, and Noble Motion Dance Company.

    HEATHER JEANE FAVRETTO

    DANCER

    Heather grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey where her hyper activity 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 given the Dance Express award for consistently outstanding choreography. Now she works for Pilobolus… and she is pretty darn excited about that.

    CHRISTOPHER GRANT

    DANCER

    Christopher, originally from Star, Mississippi graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also began his dance training there in modern dance and ballet. One of his first outstanding accomplishments was at the University of Mississippi where his senior piece was recognized and performed in the Gala concert at A.C.D.F.

    Previously, he was involved in street hip-hop, break dancing, and competitive cheer leading. Christopher would like to thank his mom, dad, and sisters for always supporting his dance endeavours. He would also like to thank his new found Pilobolus family for allowing him this great opportunity to be a part of history.

    MORGAN HOUGHTON

    DANCER

    Morgan is from Seattle Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2009 with a BA in Dance and Asian Studies. Morgan began his professional dance career in 2007 working in the Seattle Opera’s production of Aida. Since then he has danced with Seattle companies, The Cabiri, Jerboa Dance, Karin Stevens Dance, The Stone Collective and Evergreen City Ballet.

    In August 2010, Morgan joined Pilobolus Dance Theatre to work with their Creative Projects team and as part of their SHADOWLAND cast. Many countries and thousands of viewers and audience members later Morgan is still thrilled to be a part of Pilobolus touring SHADOWLAND.

    KEITH KAPLIN

    DANCER

    Keith was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived all over the United States. He has a diverse background in movement, ranging from competitive wrestling to capoeira. He holds a B.A. from the film school at Montana State University and is a graduate of The New England Center for Circus Arts. In his downtime, he enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, and juggling.

    MADDY LANDI

    DANCER

    Maddy was born in Miami, Florida. He began dancing at the age of three studying with Miami City Ballet, Lianna Navarro and Dancing Plus. In his early years he worked for Univision on “Sabado Gigante” and “Quero ser Estrella” as well as for the Miami Heat and Miami SOL as a dancer/performer/ choreographer.

    Continuing his movement experience he studied gymnastics and became a two time World Champion Cheerleader. He worked as a choreographer/instructor for Action Spirit. He received his BA in Digital & Cinema Arts...

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    JACOB MICHAEL WARREN

    DANCER

    Jacob was born in San Francisco and raised in Boston, where at 16, he began tap dancing to compliment his athletic and musical inclinations. Tap gave way to ballet and modern dance, and in 2009, Jake mysteriously 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, and TakeDance, to name a few. He has done multiple film, musical, and theatrical projects including “Wind & Tree,” a film by Abe Abraham, and “Promise,” an experimental theatre piece with Chris D’Amboise and Jed Bernstein.

    Jake is also a dedicated musician, and a founding member of “The Harmonica Lewinskies,” an NYC-based blues/rock band.

    LAUREN YALANGO

    DANCER, COLLABORATOR

    Lauren born in New York, began her dance training at the Jacksonville Ballet Theater under Dulce Anaya. She continued training at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received her BFA in 2005. She became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2005.

    Ms. Yalango was one of few selected to dance in the Montreal Professional Dance Project where she worked with Hua Fang, Fabrice Lemire, Nathalie Buisson, & Margie Gillis. She has performed works by noted choreographers including Gus Solomons Jr., Johannes Wieland, Bill T. Jones, Rodrigo Paderneiras, & Stephen Petronio. She has danced for T. Lang Dance Co. as well as...

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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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