The gloomy weather that has defined much of February this year doesn’t exactly make people want to dance in the streets. But plenty of folks are dancing anyway.
A couple of dance events will fill stages in Columbia this week.
When: 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.
Where: Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo.
Before we talk about the world-renowned dance troupe that will perform at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, we’ll answer the obvious question:
Pilobolus cyrstallinus is a phototropic (light-loving) fungus whose spores accelerate 0 to 45 mph in the first millimeter of their flight. The spores adhere to where they land. (And no, we’re not that smart. The explanation is on the group’s website.)
The father of one of the groups founders was studying the Pilobolus when the group first formed. The name seemed to fit their group.
The troupe combines gymnastics, pop dance and performance art in what its members describe as a “human circus” that has “tested the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and power of connected bodies” for 45 years.
While in Columbia, Pilobolus will lead a workshop that will be open to members of the public for $20. Join the group at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Columbia City Jazz Conservatory, 100 Park Place, Lexington. For information, visit www.harbisontheatre.org/pilobolusworkshop.
USC Dance Company Spring Concert
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, through Friday, Feb. 23; 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.
Where: Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St.
It’s billed to be a “thought-provoking and boundary-pushing” repertoire of new contemporary choreography.
USC Dance will perform as part of the USC School of Music’s largest event, a production of Leonard Bernstein’s monumental “Mass,” performed in commemoration of the composer’s centenary.
Bernstein’s “Mass” – scheduled for March 2-4 at the Koger Center for the Arts – is an epic stage production that includes two orchestras, a rock band, a blues band, several choirs, singers, dancers and actors.
Plus, March is a big month for ballet in the Capital City, with at least four productions scheduled:
▪ Columbia City Ballet will perform “Body and Movement Explored” on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10.
▪ Columbia Classical Ballet performing “Don Quixote” on Friday, March 9.
▪ Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet Junior will perform “Pinocchio” on Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18.
▪ Columbia City Ballet will perform “Cleopatra” on Saturday, March 24.