February 8, 2016 – Orlando, FL – In continuation of the mission to “inspire wellness in every life” and its award-winning programming, the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts announces a partnership with Pilobolus@Play, a residency of the internationally acclaimed troupe of innovative artists, offering a weeklong series of movement workshops for participants from Mayflower Community Center, Dr. Phillips High School and OCA. An additional master class will take place with pre-professionals from Valencia College. The program will take place February 8 through 12, benefiting seniors, special needs individuals, teenagers and budding artists alike.
“Through the Pilobolus@Play residency, we can bring together a diverse group of people with diverse needs to discover how movement can impact our health and how dance can enhance communication,” said Dana Brazil, director of education at the Dr. Phillips Center.
Taught by Pilobolus artists Matt Del Rosario and Emily Milam Kent, the intensive will consist of 60 – 90 minute daily sessions with each group, immersing participants in the process of creating collaboratively and exploring new ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. The week will culminate in a performance for family and friends on Friday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center. A limited number of free tickets to the performance will be made available to the public. To RSVP click here.
“We are excited to bring Pilobolus back to the Dr. Phillips Center this year for this fantastic residency,” said Kathy Ramsberger, president and CEO of Dr. Phillips Center. “Our partnership with Florida Hospital invites this type of exploration between arts and wellness.”
The unique experience is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation.
Pilobolus is an internationally acclaimed arts organization renowned for its unique, diverse collaborations that break the barriers between creative disciplines. It was founded in 1971 by a group of Dartmouth College students with no training in dance and no interest in playing by the rules of classical dance technique. They employed an inventive naiveté that the contemporary Pilobolus organization still energetically applies to the diversity of opportunities in today’s world.
The company puts its intensive creative energy into action in the communities where it performs, teaching groups of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities new ways of thinking independently, forming genuine human connection, working collaboratively, and finding beauty in unexpected places.
Pilobolus has created and toured over 120 pieces of repertory to more than 65 countries and currently performs its work each year for over 300,000 people across the U.S. and around the world. In recent years, Pilobolus has been frequently featured on U.S. television on The 79th Annual Academy Awards broadcast, 60 Minutes, Sesame Street, Oprah, Ellen, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and recently on the December 3, 2015 Today Show.
The company has been recognized with many honors, including a Scripps Award in 2000, a Dance Magazine Award in 2010, a TED Fellowship, a 2011 Grammy® Award nomination, and several Cannes Lion Awards at the International Festival of Creativity. In 2015, Pilobolus was named one of the Dance Heritage Coalition’s “Irreplaceable Dance Treasures.”
About Matt Del Rosario
Matt was born and raised in Hawaii. He began formal dance training at age 20 under the guidance of Paul Maley, who inspired him to earn a BFA in Contemporary Dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Matt toured with Pilobolus as a dancer from 2009 – 2014. As he transitioned from being a touring dancer, he discovered a love and proclivity for teaching. He has spent the past two years teaching young and old with Pilobolus in its home base of Connecticut and across the country.
About Emily Milam Kent
Emily graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a B.S.Ed. in Dance Education from the University of Georgia. Soon after, she began collaborating with Pilobolus. Emily toured with Pilobolus Too, a duet configuration of Pilobolus and has been photographed for company calendars and books including Pilobolus: The Human Alphabet and Twisted Yoga. Emily has choreographed and performed for corporate events and commercial performances such as Proctor and Gamble’s National Product Launch in New York, Europe’s IFA convention, and The 79th Annual Academy Awards. She has created original works for high school and university dance companies for Pilobolus and as an individual artist. She has set classic Pilobolus repertoire on high school and university students. She and her partner, Matt Kent, were the first to have the process notated by a Laban Notator. Emily now works as the company’s Education and Community Engagement Manager. She spends her days teaching and training teachers to bring Pilobolus’s ideals of collaboration and improvisation to young and old.
About Florida Hospital
Opened in 1908, Florida Hospital is a faith-based institution focused on providing whole person care. It is one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country, caring for more than two million patient visits per year – more than any other hospital in the country, according to the American Hospital Association. The Florida Division of Florida Hospital stretches from coast to coast with 24 hospitals, more than 4,600 patient beds, and more than 32,000 employees. The division includes the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, dozens of outpatient facilities and 26 Centra Care urgent care locations throughout Central Florida. Florida Hospital provides a wide range of health services, including many nationally and internationally recognized programs in cardiology, cancer, women’s medicine, neurosciences, diabetes, orthopedics, pediatrics, transplant and advanced surgical programs. Florida Hospital is a designated statutory teaching hospital and also trains physicians from all around the world on the newest technologies.
About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts For Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. The Dr. Phillips Center is a public-private collaboration with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors. For more information please visit drphillipscenter.org.