The Pilobolus Dance Theatre began in 1971 when Robby Barnett, Michael Tracy and Jonathan Wolken, took a dance class while they were students at Dartmouth College.
It was their first dance class ever, but it began a collaborative choreographic process that has lasted more than 30 years. The choreography includes weight-sharing partnering between the dancers.
"It was like designing a circus and running away with it," Barnett said. "And we're still here. Survival is a form of success, isn't it?"
It's astounding, he said, because none of them had traditional dance training.
Pilobolus can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. Tickets are $22.50-$32.50.