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After this week, I would like to say that I am the press release queen. I wrote a release for every upcoming show in the 2018/2019 season. That was a total of 10 releases. I have never gone through so many adjectives in a single paper. Yet, I loved every second of it!
My favorite part was learning more about the companies that I dream of being in. There’s a different story and philosophy behind all of them. The different companies included Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Diavolo | Architecture in Motion, Stephen Petronio Company, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dorrance Dance, China’s Beijing Dance Theater, Kyle Abraham/A.I.M, Ezralow Dance, and Pilobolus.
The company with the most interesting backstory was Pilobolus. The company began at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1971. An English literature major and cross-country skier; a philosophy science major and fencer; and a pre-med student and pole vaulter were enrolled in a dance composition class. In that class, they created their first dance, which they titled “Pilobolus”. From there, a legacy of movement was born.
Pilobolus crystallinus is a phototropic (light loving) fungus. It is commonly known as “Hat Thrower,” its spores accelerate 0-45 mph in the first millimeter of their flight and adhere to wherever they land. The father of one of the students was studying pilobolus in his biology lab when the group first formed, and the name stuck. The company embodies every aspect of their name; adventurous, adaptive, athletic, surprising, and revealing of beauty in unexpected places.
Although the history of Pilobolus is the one that caught my eye, all of the companies have a rich past. I’m so thankful for this past week of research to provide information I will definitely need in the future. I’ve realized that if I’m going to enter the field of dance administration, I need to know about companies small and big. So, always do your research.
Conquering my press release week was no easy feat, but it will certainly prove valuable in the future. It wasn’t the most fun assignment I’ve gotten to do but it was very important that I learn. This is a reminder to trust the process because you never know where it could lead you.