The gymnastic dance troupe Pilobolus will perform January 26, 2010 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. You might remember them from the 2007 Academy Awards when they swung themselves into positions and tableaux reminiscent of the movies nominated for Best Film.

I don’t know the first thing about dance. But Pilobolus puts on a good show. It’s physical, it’s artistic, and presents a very raw kind of dance that doesn’t require the audience to know the difference between a well-executed pas de deux and a divertissement. (I had to look up both of those terms so I could make my point.)

It’s also a type of fungus that grows on the dung of herbivores.

From Wikipedia: “The life cycle of Pilobolus begins with a black sporangium that has been discharged onto a plant substrate such as grass. A herbivorous animal such as a horse then eats the substrate, unknowingly consuming the sporangium as well. The Pilobolus sporangium survives the passage through the gastrointestinal tract without germinating, and emerges with the excrement. Once outside its host, spores within the sporangium germinate and grow as a mycelium within the excrement, where it is a primary colonizer. Later, the fungus fruits to produce more spores.”

Take that Radio City Rockettes!

Culture Pilobolus at the Newman Center