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Dance company Pilobolus returns to ABQ

Pilobolus utilizes dancers’ strength and flexibility in their pieces.

Pilobolus utilizes dancers’ strength and flexibility in their pieces.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A day in the life of Itamar Kubovy changes in an instant.

Whether it’s planning future shows or dealing with day-to-day actions, he sure loves his job.

“It has been busy,” he says during a short break. “It’s better than the opposite of not having work.”

Kubovy is the executive director of Pilobolus Dance Theater and lately the company has been crisscrossing the globe with performances. Over the past 42 years, it has toured 115 works in more than 64 countries.

And the company will make a stop at Popejoy Hall on Friday, Nov. 7.

“We haven’t been back to Albuquerque for a few years,” he says. “It’s important for us to introduce ourselves into markets and then come back a few years later to show the audiences what is new.”

There are plenty of new pieces that Kubovy and crew have in store.

The performance opens with one of the newest pieces called “On the Nature of Things,” which is a trio piece for two men and one woman.

“It’s performed on a 2 ½-foot pedestal-like platform,” he says. “The entire group stands on the platform and they become moving sculptures. It looks very antique and beautiful.”

Kubovy says the company’s collaborative creative and educational work takes place through the Pilobolus Lab, in which the company both convenes diverse artists in the development of new work and teaches its creative method to individuals and institutions.

To date, the Pilobolus Lab has produced collaborations with Penn & Teller, the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory, Art Spiegelman, Maurice Sendak, OK Go and Radiolab.

Pilobolus will perform at Popejoy Hall.

Pilobolus will perform at Popejoy Hall.

In fact, the video for “All is Not Lost” with OK Go was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011.

And Kubovy says Pilobolus worked with Google to develop the website allisnotlo.st, where visitors can type a message and the dancers of Pilobolus will spell it out using their feet.

“It’s a fun site to actually see what we do,” he says. “This was the entire concept for the video with OK Go. It’s been a really fun journey.”

Kubovy says each year the company tries to introduce two or three new pieces. He says each new piece takes about six weeks to create and the entire touring program takes six months to get right.

“Generally when we are working on new pieces, there are four directors and about six to 10 dancers,” he says. “Though when we are performing there are no more than six dancers on stage. We like to keep the pieces small to ensure that every piece is an ensemble.”

Kubovy says the company’s goal is to stretch the audience’s mind about dance.

“There’s more to it than just modern, tap or jazz styles,” he says. “We put together all styles and it’s an amazing project to be part of.”

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