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Pilobolus and OK Go Nominated for GRAMMY Award
Pilobolus and OK Go up for Best Short Form Music Video for ALL IS NOT LOST at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Feb. 12, 2012, Live on CBS
LOS ANGELES (December 2, 2011)— Announced Wednesday night as a nominee in the Best Short Form Music Video category, up against Adele’s video for “Rolling In The Deep” and Radiohead’s video for “Lotus Flower”, among others, ALL IS NOT LOST represents the first video collaboration between GRAMMY Award-winning rock band OK GO, director and choreographer Trish Sie, and world-renowned dance troupe PILOBOLUS. Together with Google, they crafted an interactive online dance and music experience using HTML5 Chrome—the first of its kind. The project showcases the latest in modern browser technology, allowing users the ability to direct segments of the choreography to incorporate a unique message in English, Japanese or any language using the Roman or Katakana alphabets. Spread across twelve separate windows, ALL IS NOT LOST is a kaleidoscopic wonder of movement, music and living letters. The video has been viewed by millions at: www.allisnotlo.st
Since its initial release in June of this year, ALL IS NOT LOST has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and performed live by OK Go and Pilobolus on America’s Got Talent. A live version of ALL IS NOT LOST has also appeared in eight US cities and will continue to be performed around the country as part of Pilobolus’ winter and spring tours (upcoming dates of which follow below).
The collaboration marks another milestone in Pilobolus’ ongoing challenge to the existing state of creativity and the dance and performance industry, says Itamar Kubovy, Executive Director of Pilobolus.
“We talked for a long time about making a dance for small screens, and expanding the possibility for and audience for dance through online media. There is no one on earth we’d rather do this with than OK Go and Trish Sie – it was an inspired three-way marriage. We expanded Pilobolus’ traditionally collective approach to creativity to include these artists from different disciplines—music and film—and all played together to create this dance, which is unlike anything anyone has ever seen before.”
Says OK Go singer Damian Kulash,
“Working with Pilobolus – and of course with Trish – was great because they share our belief that last century’s creative boundaries are irrelevant. These days, a great creative idea is a great creative idea, period. You don’t have to choose in advance whether your outlet is records, or films, or dances, or a computer program. Videos don’t have to be subordinate advertising material for albums, and dance doesn’t have to be confined to the theater. We were like peas in a pod with Pilobolus, trying to make something that lives in the world of dance, and music video, and digital space, but isn’t confined to any of those spaces alone.”
Upcoming performance dates for the live version of ALL IS NOT LOST:
Beaver Creek , CO 1/19
Boulder, CO 1/21
Stony Brook, NY 2/04
Washington, CT 2/09-2/10
Austin, TX 2/17-2/18
For ticketing, times and information please see www.pilobolus.org.
Pilobolus is a modern dance company, 40-years in the making, that started thinking outside the box before it was cool and has since pushed that box into shapes never before imagined. Pilobolus curates and convenes groups of diverse artists, including Radiolab, Art Spiegelman, and the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory in addition to OK Go, to make collaborative performance works using the human body as a medium of expression. Pilobolus performs live for 120,000 people around the globe every year, and reaches millions more on television and online–reaching 1 billion viewers during their performance appearances on the 79th Annual Academy Awards.
About OK Go
OK Go – Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka and Andy Ross – has been called the most downloaded band ever, with over 200 million streams on YouTube alone. They’ve won numerous honors, including a GRAMMY® for “Here It Goes Again” (a.k.a. “the treadmill video”), a 2010 Webby “Special Achievement Award” recognizing the band as “Film & Video Artist of the Year” and two UK Music Video Awards for “This Too Shall Pass (Rube Goldberg Machine version),” which, is the #1 Top Rated (All Time) music video on YouTube. In 2010, OK Go founded their own record label, Paracadute. Presently, the band is working on a new video that will debut in the new year.
About Trish Sie
With a background in modern dance, ballet, ballroom dancesport, and music, Los Angeles-based director Trish Sie conceptualizes, creates, choreographs and directs projects for film, television and internet. She collaborated with OK Go to conceive and produce several of OK Go’s music videos, including “Here It Goes Again” (“the treadmill video”) and “White Knuckles” (“the dog video”).