• Dudamel Conducts LA Philharmonic

    Roberto Bolle and ABT Dancers Add to Musical Thrills

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 28th, 2015

    When Frank Gehry was asked to design Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, he made one condition: that Yasuhita Toyota be hired as the acoustician. He was not going to build a hall for musical performance that did not have fabulous acoustics. Disney Hall is an acoustical dream and its warm, intimate seating encircling the musicians and performers is mirrored perfectly by real surround sound. Under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil shines.

  • White Light, Concentric Circles, Thomas Adès

    Sadler's Wells Helps Us See Music

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 22nd, 2015

    Four dance pieces set to the music of Thomas Adès were performed as the finale to a magnificent White Light Festival presented by Lincoln Center. Adès is a provocative yet pleasing composer whose seeming idiosyncracies suit choreography. The Sadler's Wells ballet company, clearly rooted in classical techniques, springs out organically to suggest additional layers of meaning.

  • The Tutu Trilogy by Richard Curtis

    Civilian, Chemistry and Exposed Twirl on Stage

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 08th, 2015

    What if you are obsessed with dance, entertain dancers, embrace them as friends? Yet you are not a dancer, just an observer who is steeped in the traditions and the pas de deuxs. So it was for balletomane Richard Curtis, who couldn't resist a charming tale about an audience member who finally makes it to a dressing room after weeks of watching performances and is able to fully embrace the lead dancer. Rollicking good fun and true to the spirit of dance.

  • No Beast So Fierce Adapts Richard III

    Chicago's Oracle Productions

    By: Nancy S. Bishop - Oct 14th, 2015

    The number of characters played by the cast of eight has by necessity been reduced to 14 from the 35 to 40 in Shakespeare's version. Cramming all of Richard III into 90 minutes means eliminating some nuances and character motivations.

  • In Your Arms at Old Globe

    World Premiere of Musical in San Diego

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2015

    “In Your Arms” is the brain-child of brilliant choreographer/director Christopher Gattelli and Broadway producer Jennifer Manocherian. It is having its world premiere at Old Globe in San Diego.

  • Tanz im August, Berlin, Germany 2015

    Dance in August ended 4 September

    By: Angelika Jansen - Sep 08th, 2015

    The 27th International Dance Festival was scheduled from 13 August to 4 September. The Artistic Director, Virve Soutinen, invited international dance companies, dancers and choreographers from more than 20 countries to present a fascinating survey of contemporary dance world-wide.

  • The Sarasota Ballet Debut at Jacob's Pillow

    Three Variations on Classical Dance

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 17th, 2015

    For their Jacob's Pillow debut The Sarasota Ballet presented three of the 123 ballets they perform. The company is best know for its commitment to the work of the British choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton.

  • Cuba's Malpaso Dance Company at Jacob's Pillow

    With Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 10th, 2015

    With the easing of decades long embargo we anticipate dramatic changes in the arts and culture of Cuba. With mixed results we got a glimpse of that with the Jacob's Pillow debut of Malpaso Dance Company with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.

  • Alonzo King LINES Ballet at Jacob's Pillow

    Conflating Classical Tradition and Contemporary Dance

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 18th, 2015

    The premise of choreographer Alonzo King is to base his company in the training and disciple of classical dance with a bold move into post modern dissolution of traditional gender hierarchies. Listening to Bach we are surprised to see very different choreography that extends to the present the innovations of the neo classicism of George Ballanchine.

  • Nederlands Dans Theater 2 at Jacob's Pillow

    A Heady Confluence of Ballet and Experimental Dance.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 11th, 2015

    Nederlands Dans Theater was founded in 1959 and with some 600 works in its portfolio has been one of the most influential global companies. In 1978 a younger second company was formed and this is its first week in Becket since 2007.

  • Tanglewood at its Finest by Philip S. Kampe

    Opening days of 2015

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 07th, 2015

    Determined to add new audiences to Tanglewood, the BSO has created an All Star lineup of Musical Acts for the Historic 2015 Season.

  • Ella Baff to Leave Jacob's Pillow

    Joins The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    By: Pillow - Jul 07th, 2015

    For the past 17 years audiences at Jacob's Pillow have been greeted by executive and artistic director Ella Baff. During summers in the Berkshires Pillow is the epicenter of the dance world. She will continue through the end of the summer festival then leave to take a position at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City. We will miss her upbeat invitation "Let's Dance!"

  • Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGlovely

    The Blues Project at Jacob’s Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 05th, 2015

    In 2013 The Blues Project with Dorrance Dance and Toshi Reagon with BIGlovely premiered at the smaller Doris Duke Theatre. With word of mouth and rave reviews it sold out as it did again in 2014. This season the stunning tap ensemble was presented to sold out audiences in the Ted Shawn Theatre of Jacob's Pillow Dance. We were thrilled by every moment of an ecstatic performance,

  • Tanglewood This Week

    Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Huey Lewis, Mark Morris and More

    Mark Morris   June 25th & 26th
    By: Philip S. Kampe and Maria Reveley - Jun 24th, 2015

    For under $100 you can purchase lawn tickets and see four popular artists at Tanglewood.

  • Jacob's Pillow 2015 Season

    World Dance in the Berkshires

    By: Pillow - Dec 17th, 2014

    “Festival 2015 delivers a remarkable range of dance from ballet to tap, music from classical to jazz, brand new works commissioned by the Pillow, and the most astonishing performers in the world,” comments Ella Baff, Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow. “We start the season with Ira Glass’s Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host and the re-opening of the Jacob’s Pillow Archives as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of public access and a major expansion of its home, Blake’s Barn. We end with a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Martha Graham Dance Company, a world premiere by Mats Ek, and the up and coming company MADboots Dance. Quite a range indeed.”

  • Keigwin & Company

    MASS MoCA and Jacobs Pillow Collaboration

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 13th, 2015

    In an annual collaboration between Jacob's Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA yesterday we enjoyed four pieces by Keigwin & Company. One, a solo, his first time on stage in three years was performed by the choreographer Larry Keigwin. We saw his work for If/ When a musical starring Idina Menzel on Broadway.

  • A Rite at Williams ’62 Center

    Bill T. Jones/ Arne Zane Company and Siti Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 18th, 2015

    On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Stravinsky/ Nijinsky The Rite of Spring in 1913 the Bill T. Jones/ Arne Zane Company collaborated with Siti Company to create a deconstruction A Rite. Last night the powerful and revolutionary piece was performed at the '62 Center of Williams College. What caused an audience to riot a century ago was met with polite and enthusiastic applause.

  • Berkshire Pulse Expands Programming

    Bringing Dance to Four Schools

    By: Pulse - Feb 12th, 2015

    Berkshire Pulse – the interdisciplinary dance and performing arts education center located in downtown Housatonic – has significantly expanded its efforts to bring vibrant, dynamic dance instruction directly to students enrolled in local schools. Pulse is offering programming at four Berkshire County schools: Muddy Brook Elementary School in Great Barrington, Nessacus Middle School in Dalton, New Marlborough Central Elementary School in New Marlborough, and Undermountain Regional Middle School in Sheffield.

  • Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart Collaborate

    A Rite at Williams '62 Center March 17

    By: Williams - Feb 03rd, 2015

    The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s CenterSeries presents Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company as they join forces for A Rite. These two celebrated companies examine The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking masterpiece. There will be one performance only, on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 8:00 PM on the ’62 Center’s MainStage.

  • Carmen Choreographed to Bizet by Ballet Hispanico

    White on Black Wrapped in Guernica Thrills at the Apollo

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 23rd, 2014

    Carmen. How can you miss? To the incessant, erotic beat of Bizet's music, the dancers create jealousy, passion, lust and innocence in white and black against a back drop of Picasso's Guernica.

  • Table of Silence for 9/11

    Barefoot in Memorial at Lincoln Center Plaza

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 11th, 2014

    The procession is silent, the dancers barefoot circle the fountain at the center of the Lincoln Center Plaza. Carrying plates, they could be the apostles going to the Last Supper. Gestures range from perfectly ordinary steps taken on an ordinary September Day to arms twisted in anguish. Three flutes and three singers, whose voices were magnified by horns, paraded and intermingled with the dancers.

  • Tanz im August 2014 – Berlin

    Assessment of Contemporary Dance

    Dance Berlin 14
    By: Angelika Jansen - Sep 06th, 2014

    'Dance in August' in Berlin, Germany, celebrated it's 26th season.Quite an accomplishment! 21 international companies representing 14 countries performed on several stages throughout Berlin. 'Tanz im August' and its current artistic director, Virve Sutinen, celebrated again the world of dance with well known companies and newly discovered dancers and choreographers during a two week long festival.

  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at Pillow

    82nd Season Ends with Neo Classical Modernism

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 25th, 2014

    The 82nd season of Jacob's Pillow Dance ended with the fifth Berkshire performance of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. With a program of works by three choreographers the company conflated classical traditions and contemporary variations. Post season we anticipate the annual collaboration with Mass MoCA.

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem at Jacob’s Pillow

    Conflating Classical Ballet and Post Modernism

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 12th, 2014

    When Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook diverted from major careers in dance to teach classical ballet in Harlem there was a complex mandate. That was 1968 in the midst of civil rights and social/ political change. In 1970 Dance Theatre of Harlem first performed at Jacob's Pillow. They have returned many times as they have this week with a program of three diverse works.

  • Hubbard Street at Jacob’s Pillow

    Eclectic Chicago Dance Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 05th, 2014

    A Jacob's Pillow favorite Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returned to Becket with an eclectic program of four pieces by different choreographers. The music ranged from minimalist, Steve Reich, North African, and can you believe it, hilariously, Dean Martin.

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