Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Event Slides Per Node 1415

  • The silhouette of a female dancer reaches up to a silhouette of a man's hand in a promotional photo for Pilobolus' "Shadowland."
  • Three shirtless male dancers bent on one knee prop up a female dancer lying with eyes closed plank-style across their bent knees in Pilobolus' "Shadowland."
  • Two shirtless male dancers and a female dancer dressed in leggings and asporty bodice watch a dancer dressed in a tutu posing behind a screen in Pilobolus' "Shadowland."
  • In Pilobolus' "Shadowland," silhouetted dancers standing behind a screen depict an unidentified, horse-like animal while a dancer depicting a young girl carrying a hobo's sack on a stick shields herself from the creature.
  • Dancers in various states and styles of dress hold light screens while surrounding a dancer depicting a young girl coming of age in Pilobolus' "Shadowland" while behind her is displayed a silhouette of her image with an animal head.
  • A silhouette of a dancer depicts a young girl wearing an animal head as she stands next to the silhouette of dancers posed in the shape of a centaur in Pilobolus' "Shadowland."
  • The silhouette of dancers depicting a young girl and the Statue of Liberty hold an "I Heart New York" sign in Pilobolus' "Shadowland."

Shadowland by Pilobolus

7:30 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Created by famed dance company Pilobolus, Shadowland is a first-of-its-kind performance combining legendary modern dance with high-energy, fast-paced multimedia, merging front-of-screen choreography with projected images and moving screens of different sizes and shapes. 

Shadowland tells the story of a teenage girl, longing for her independence, with nowhere for her thoughts to go but to her dreams. She sleeps, only to wake to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall—her shadow. Walls spin, darkness swallows the girl, and she’s off on a journey into Shadowland

Shadowland was conceived in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer for the playfully surreal animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, and is propelled by a rhythmic original score by the popular American musician, producer, and film composer David Poe. Shadowland has the fluid logic of a dream powered by the grace of an acrobatic dance, evincing surprise and joyous delight in a way that is uniquely Pilobolus.

The performance includes nudity.

Pilobolus Founding Artistic Director Robby Barnett will be the featured speaker in a post-performance discussion with audience members.

Adult $38
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $28

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The Passionate Supporters of Dance
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Secondary Events on Each Event

Shadow-Chasing Photography

5:00 pm Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pollock Cultural Lounge

Free and open to Penn State students

Instructors from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and the Center for the Performing Arts will guide Penn State students through the creation and manipulation of shadows for photography experimentation. This one-hour workshop is in the manner of the shadows created and distorted by Pilobolus dancers appearing in Shadowland October 18 at Eisenhower Auditorium. Registration is not required for the workshop.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Pilobolus Founding Artistic Director Robby Barnett, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.