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PILOBOLUS DEBUTS LUMI ON DRAGON INNOVATION

Lumi is an intelligent umbrella that utilizes high-power LEDs to create hours of rainy day fun.

New York, NY (September 24, 2013) – Pilobolus and Dragon Innovation have launched a campaign to raise $60,000 for product development and business establishment of an exciting new creation: the Lumi. The Lumi is a one of a kind umbrella.  Each Lumi is equipped with user-controllable red, green, and blue LEDs that can be independently switched on and off with the push of a button.  The LEDs are located on the handle of the Lumi and project color upward to illuminate the umbrella’s translucent dome and brighten up your rainy day.  The $60K will enable the production of 300 Lumi umbrellas to be used in the next version of UP: The Umbrella Project.  The collaborators will not receive any funds unless all $60K is raised.  Donors to the campaign will receive rewards depending on the level at which they give, such as a Lumi umbrella, tickets to a Pilobolus show, and more. http://www.dragoninnovation.com/projects/26-lumi

The Lumi is an intelligent umbrella capable of producing 100 lumens of multicolored light.  At the heart of each Lumi, there is a reprogrammable Atmel microcontroller that controls the brightness of the LEDs.  Using a set of tactile buttons, the user can switch any combination of lights on and off, or program more interesting organic patterns that are only limited by your imagination.  A clear, injection molded polycarbonate shell surrounds and protects the circuit board, switches, and the two AA batteries which power the Lumi for hours stylish entertainment.

Lumi is designed to be used by groups of people together, as well as individuals.  By crowd-funding the production of Lumi, you are not only supporting the creation of this creative and practical hardware, but also encouraging groups of people to buy them together and use them.  Please send your pictures/videos to: lumi@pilobolus.org.  We want to see your Lumi in action!

The Lumi is now live at www.dragoninnovation.com, with only 44 days remaining.

UP: The Umbrella Project – Is a participatory performance developed by Pilobolus Dance Company and MIT’s Distributed Robotics Lab.  UP premiered at the PopTech Conference in Camden, Maine in October 2012 and was performed again at MIT in May 2013.  Each time over three hundred participants lit up the sky on a rainy night.  UP is a large-scale, live performance piece that arms untrained participants from all walks of life with umbrellas fabricated with multi-colored LED lights.  Each participant spontaneously interacts with the group and, by manipulating the color of his or her own umbrella, creates an ever-changing landscape of hues as they move through the space to create the piece. Click Here for UP Video.

PILOBOLUS - Founded in 1971, Pilobolus has built its fervent and expanding international following by proving the human body to be the most expressive, universal, and magical of media.  Pilobolus maintains its own singular style while actively collaborating with the best and brightest minds from all conceivable professions the world over.  Based in Washington Depot, Connecticut and New York City, in recent years Pilobolus has transformed from avant-garde dance troupe into an international entertainment company featured on the likes of Oprah, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Academy Awards.  In addition to performing live in 65 countries for 5 million people over 42 years, the company has engaged in activities as varied as making circuses, creating television advertising, publishing books, breaking world records, teaching in schools, and producing music videos.  Pilobolus has been awarded prestigious honors over the years, including the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choreography, a TED Fellowship for presenting at the TED conference in 2005, and 2012 Grammy® Award nomination for its interactive music video collaboration with OK Go and Google Chrome Japan, “All Is Not Lost” (allisnotlo.st).  Pilobolus achieves all of this without ever losing sight of its core mission: to make art that builds community.

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We are hosting an audition this summer in NYC on July 16 & 17. This audition is for experienced male dancers with diverse movement backgrounds, who are accomplished in improvisation, and are able to work well in groups. We are currently hiring for full-time and paid contract work, which includes exciting domestic & int’l touring.

Come join us for an extraordinary opportunity as we search for our newest Pilobolus dancers and make sure to check out this behind the scenes video before the audition to get a feel of the process.

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