Pilobolus Makes History with Ground-Breaking Performance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia | IMG Artists

The Acclaimed Company’s Performance of Shadowland Marks Three Major Firsts in The Kingdom: 

  • The First Performance by an International Dance Company in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
  • The First Performance of Any Kind with a Male and Female Cast Performing Together 
  • The First Performance of Any Kind with a Female Lead Character

Pilobolus Preparing for Return with Middle East Tour in 2018

JANUARY 15, 2018;  RIYADH: The Saudi General Entertainment Authority, Time Entertainment and IMG Artists are proud to announce that the international acclaimed dance company Pilobolus have made history in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The December 28 and 29 performances of their multimedia spectacular Shadowland mark a three major firsts in The Kingdom: the first performance of an international dance company, the first performance of any kind featuring a male and female cast performing together and the first performance staring a leading female character. The performances were presented by The General Entertainment Authority of KSA and Time Entertainment in collaboration with the Alchemy Project at Princess Norah University in Riyadh.

The Saudi General Entertainment Authority is pleased to present the finest shows and live performances from around the world, and it was a pleasure to present Shadowland in Saudi. The performance was a massive success, and sold out for both shows in less than 72 hours.

Sundus Alduwaisi of Time Entertainment said: We have been always looking for amazing shows and arts that fits the Saudi culture and introduces new forms of arts to the Kingdom, we can say proudly that Shadowland was a perfect fit and a great experience for the Saudi audience.

Matthew Bledsoe, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Dance for IMG Artists said: IMG Artists is honored to have made history together with the General Entertainment Authority and Time Entertainment by bringing Pilobolus’ famed production of Shadowland to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the first time and therewith marking the first performance by an international dance company in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The professional local team that made it all possible and the enthusiastic responses from the audiences highlight the strong potential and huge appetite for live performances of all types in KSA. It is an exciting time in the entertainment and live performance industry in KSA and we look forward to future projects in collaboration with the General Entertainment Authority and Time Entertainment.

Pilobolus is honoured to have been a part of such a historic event, and is preparing for a return in 2018 with their forthcoming Middle Eastern tour. More information will be available soon on www.pilobolus.org.

For more information, please contact
Becky Farrell, SVP Marketing & Communications
E: bfarrell@imgartists.com

IMG Artists is a global leader of performing arts, social media, and festival and events management. For more than thirty years, the company has set the standard for excellence across fields of artist and celebrity management, touring, dance and attractions, festival and event management and cultural consulting. Our specialists in offices across three continents offer unparalleled international reach and depth of experience to the company’s artists, clients and partners. With our newest digital, social media and technology ventures, IMGA remains the vanguard of the industry. www.imgartists.com

Time Entertainment

TIME Entertainment is a Saudi holding company established in 2012 specialized in event management, talents development and production of innovative content. A full-service entertainment management company with an international outlook and strong regional presence, one of the leading entertainment management companies in Saudi. Mission: To create, develop, and produce unique entertainment content and experiences on different levels and platforms including events, talents and shows with the aim of providing quality entertainment content for Saudi & Arab youth

General Entertainment Authority

Diversify and enrich entertainment experiences around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

In line with one of the pillars of the Kingdom’s vision 2030 in creating a vibrant society, the General Entertainment Authority has been established to organize, develop, and lead the entertainment sector to provide exciting entertainment options, and tailored experiences to the needs of people from all walks of life around Saudi Arabia. Also, to contribute in improving and enriching the lifestyle and social cohesion among the community.

PILOBOLUS

PILOBOLUS is named after a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength.  The dance company was founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971 and they continually form diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the way we think about dance. Physically and intellectually, the company engages and inspires audiences around the world through performance, education and creative consultation.

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