Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Revolutionary dance company began at Dartmouth

In 1971, the modern dance company Pilobolus came to life in a rehearsal studio in Dartmouth's Webster Hall, and went on to become one of the most successful dance companies in the world, with three touring companies and an educational program called the Pilobolus Institute. Thirty-four years later, the Pilobolus archive, a treasure that includes choreography notes, photographs and footage of performances and rehearsals, has returned to Webster Hall, which today houses Dartmouth College Library's Rauner Special Collections Library.

"Dartmouth and Pilobolus are connected," said Dartmouth Provost Barry Scherr, who is also the Mandel Family Professor of Russian, "and we're happy to welcome home their archives. Pilobolus has had a tremendous impact on the history of modern dance, and the dancers continue to amaze and inspire audiences with their performances and educational outreach efforts.

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