Dance shows off the beauty of the human body even more memorably than the stationary craft of sculpture or the kinetic art of sculpture shot put. Catch a glimpse of airborne performers with today’s GrouponLive deal to see Pilobolus at the Paramount Theatre. For $17, you get one ticket for seating in the upper-balcony section (a $35 value). All performances begin at 8 p.m. Choose between the following dates:
- Friday, February 17
- Saturday, February 18<p>
With a history stretching back 40 years, Pilobolus’s innovative choreography has stayed on the cutting edge with fluid movement and colorful costumes. Troupe members use creative positioning and upper-body-testing lifts to create stunning shapes that mimic plants, animals, and the stupid faces of anyone who ever made fun of them. Each piece’s fluid choreography creates an ever-shifting panorama of bodies, blurring the physical lines between each performer and dazzling guests with belief-beggaring spectacle. Originally opened in 1915 as a vaudeville venue and restored to its baroque-revival grandeur in the 1970s, the Paramount Theatre ensconces patrons in old-timey elegance more enjoyably than a hyperbaric chamber made of top hats.
Designed by legendary movie-house architect John Eberson and opened to the public as a vaudeville palace in 1915, the venue enjoyed performances by the likes of Harry Blackstone and Katharine Hepburn in its heyday. But things fell into decline during the 1960s as televisions became commonplace, more people migrated to the suburbs, and the stage’s trapdoor spontaneously grew fangs. The Paramount’s multi-tiered seating and historic ceiling murals languished in the theater’s years to follow as a tragically underused B-movie cinema.
In 1973, three men—John M. Bernardoni, Charles Eckerman, and Stephen L. Scott—formed a corporation with the ultimate goal of rescuing the Paramount, by that time slated for destruction. Soon, live performers were regularly supplementing a classed-up movie schedule, and the stage was graced by such artists as Dave Brubeck and Debbie Allen. The theater’s star rose ever higher in the ‘80s and ‘90s as the curtains introduced the world to such lasting works as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the Greater Tuna series. Today, the lovingly built and rebuilt artifact is a constant reminder of Austin’s long history of arts appreciation.
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