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Dance company Pilobolus to perform at Fine Arts Theatre Jan. 23-24

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The dance company Pilobolus will perform Jan. 23-24

The Performing Arts Center will present the dance company Pilobolus for two performances Jan. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.

The dance company’s Athens program will include two works that were created by Matt Kent, Pilobolus’ associate artistic director and a former UGA student. One of the works, “esc,” was created by Kent in collaboration with illusionists Penn and Teller.

Tickets for Pilobolus are $50-$60 with discounts for UGA students. They can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400.

Pilobolus was founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971. The company takes its unusual name from a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength. Over the past 43 years, Pilobolus has taken its 115 pieces of repertory on tour to more than 64 countries.

The company was featured at the 79th annual Academy Awards and has appeared on Sesame Street, Oprah, 60 Minutes and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Its honors include an Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming and the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography.

Pilobolus holds the 2011 Guinness World Record for fitting the most people-26-into a Mini Cooper. In 2012, the company was nominated for a Grammy Award for “All is Not Lost,” its interactive music video collaboration with OK Go and Google Chrome Japan.

The Performing Arts Center will offer a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m. before each Pilobolus performance. The lecture is open free to the public.