- $25 for one ticket to see Pilobolus (up to $55 value)
- When: Thursday, April 30, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Paramount Theatre
- Seating: the main floor or balcony
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
Dozens of appendages pulse in eery unison as others shift around them in organic synchronicity. These might sound like the movements of a seldom-seen oceanic creature, but the dancers of Pilobolus would undoubtedly be flattered by the natural comparison. Indeed, the company’s name even stems from a species of fungi that grows towards light. And considering the many spotlights they’ve been under recently—on the 2007 Academy Awards, Conan, more than 100 other TV shows, and touring Europe—they’re thriving. Their innovative choreography has drawn praise from Oprah and the New Yorker, the latter of which lauded their aesthetic as “one of collaboration, cooperation, and challenge… one example after another of how the human body can be seen as so much more than what it is.”
A lot has changed in the century since the Paramount Theatre was founded, but the theater's crowd-pleasing entertainment wouldn't have been out of place in Aurora's turn-of-the-century theater scene. When the Venice-inspired art-deco venue was first built, it joined an already-bustling local tradition of vaudeville, silent films, concerts, and circus acts. Photographs dating back to 1931 guided a 1976 restoration, in which artisans completely retraced and repainted eight original murals, re-gilded the fluted columns, and patched up the sheets of every ghost. Concerts, comedy, and community events fill the theater when it's not occupied by the dazzling production values of a professional musical-theater company, which launched what the Chicago Tribune called a "thrilling debut season" in 2011.