In collaboration with Pilobolus and MIT, The Music Center will present UP! The Umbrella Project, a free community arts and participatory learning experience designed to connect strangers through a shared focus on movement, shape and beauty. Participants will  become part of the creative process in a large-scale, live nighttime event using LED umbrellas. Based on prompts, participants will create different configurations by changing the colors of their MIT-designed umbrellas, showcasing a shifting landscape of brightly colored figures within a one-hour session. The Music Center’s large LED screens on Jerry Moss Plaza will display the colors, patterns and shapes so participants can see their movements in real time. Appropriate for ages 9 and older.Although the event is held outdoors, masks will be required in the event space. (*Schedule subject to change.

A rebellious dance company since 1971, Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and the power of connected bodies. The company reaches beyond performance to teach people how to connect through designed live experiences and expert storytelling that show diverse communities how to maximize group creativity, solve problems and generate joy through the power of nonverbal communication. UP! was created in a collaboration between Pilobolus and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory.  

WHEN: Thursday, October 21, Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, 2021 
Each day at both 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center
135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

FREE RSVP: Attendance is free, but reservations are required for the 60-minute experience at Timed-entry participation must be reserved in advance for one of the two sessions available each date; space is limited to the first 100 guests per session. Masks are required for all participants, regardless of vaccination status.