Santa Fe makes its way into Pilobolus performance

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A scene from "Shadowland" by Pilobolus. (Photo by Ian Douglas)

Audience members at the Lensic Tuesday night appeared delighted by the encore offered by dance company Pilobolus after a performance of “Shadowland.”

This company, famous for its characters and shapes created by the combinations of human bodies, got substantial applause for its main performance, when corps members performed a story about a teen-age girl and her intense dream world, which included a transformation of herself into a dog. Or at least a human with a dog’s head that turned into a parable of acceptance or condemnation of people’s differences.

The encore got down-home, though, as shadows portrayed the dancers traveling from New York City down I-40 and crossing the New Mexico border, when they morphed into a number of iconic symbols familiar to the crowd. The Zia symbol. Two-story adobe buildings with canales and hanging ristras. Santa Fe’s cathedral. And the city’s name spelled out through bodily contortions.

Nothing like adding local flavor to please an audience.

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