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  • Trisha Brown This Summer in the Berkshires

    Jacob's Pillow and Clark Art Institute Collaborate

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 08th, 2017

    Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has added two more opportunities for audiences to experience Trisha Brown Dance Company. Originally a five-performance run, August 16-19 in the Ted Shawn Theatre, the Pillow has added a Thursday matinee to the company’s schedule. Members of Trisha Brown Dance Company will also perform the site-specific work Trisha Brown: In Plain Site at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, August 13, a co-presentation of Jacob’s Pillow Dance and the Clark.

  • Flexn at Jacob's Pillow

    The Arts and Black Lives Matter

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 21st, 2016

    More than a dance company the appearance by Flexn, with its related panels and talk back, proved to be an aesthetic and political movment illustrating through inventive dance why Black Lives Matter.

  • Dorrance Dance at Jacob’s Pillow

    Tapping Into New Possibilities

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 12th, 2016

    Based on last year's collaboration with Toshi Reagon's band Big Lovely yesterday's performance of Dorrance Dance was, for us, the most anticipated of the Jacob's Pillow season. Michelle Dorrance is celebrated for pushing the limits of the indigenous, vernacular art form of tap dancing. Collaborating with the musician and inventor Nicholas Van Young there seemed too much emphasis on sound at the sacrifice of dance.

  • Compagnie Herve Koubi

    Conflating Sufi and Bach at Jacob's Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 05th, 2016

    At the end of the hour long piece Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (What the Day Owes the Night) choreographed by Herve Koubi the cycle of a single day finds closure in gradual darkening signifying night.

  • Wendy Whelan Duet at Jacob's Pillow

    Some of a Thousand Words with Brian Brooks

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 29th, 2016

    After 30 years with Balanchine's New York City Ballet, and a repertoire of some 50 works, Wendy Whelan has extended her career as a solo artist in collaboration with several choreograher partners. She premiered this direction at Jacob's Pillow in 2013. She has now returned with Some of a Thousand Words partnering with Brian Brooks.

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

    Perennial Jacob’s Pillow Favorites

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 16th, 2016

    Returing to Jacob's Pillow for the twelth time Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presented a complex, varied and demanding evening of dance.

  • Gauthier Dance at Jacob's Pillow

    Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 08th, 2016

    Nine years ago the Montreal born choreographer Eric Gauthier started a company with six dancers. The Stuttagart based group is performing with week with 16 international dancers. It is thriving with the generous support of Mercedes and Porsche which manufacture luxury cars in that industrial city.

  • Che Malambo at Jacob's Pillow

    The Ancient Dance of Gauchos

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 04th, 2016

    Indigenous to Argentina is the traditional folk form of Malambo which is described as the machismo dance of the gauchos. With striking resemble to Flamenco, Irish step dancing, and African drumming this artform first evolved in the 17th century. The irony is that this ancient dance is new to American audiences.

  • LA Dance Project Visits Charleston

    More Coverage of Annual Spoleto Festival USA

    By: Sandy Katz - Jun 08th, 2016

    Harbor Me was choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to the music of Extension, Park Woojae Geomugo. This music sounded agonizing like a Yiddish kvetch. The stage was mostly dark with slight illumination from lights filtered through smoke.

  • Mark Morris Dance at Mostly Mozart

    Morris Paints Notes in Dance

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 27th, 2016

    Mark Morris is billed as a musician, and has, in fact, been music director of the Ojai Festival. He is clearly a musicians’ musician and knows as much about music as most professionals. His main gig is choreography. He insists on using live ‘bands,’ in this case, the Mostly Mozart Orchestra. Morris channels Mozart's notes in surprising and apt movements.

  • '62 Center at Williams Announces Its Program

    Launching Twelth Season

    By: Williams - Sep 16th, 2016

    The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance unveiled its twelfth season of diverse and challenging theatre and dance programming for the Williams College community and beyond.

  • A Length of Rope at The Muse

    Brooklyn's Home for Circus and Immersive Events

    By: Susan Hall - May 02nd, 2017

    The Muse is a special place in Brooklyn. Angela Buccini founded the space for artists to develop projects and then present them. A Length of Rope features Ariel Schmidtke joined by Strangely, & Above and Beyond Dance on May 5 at 8pm.

  • Trident Gallery in Gloucester

    Bringing Relevant Art Back to Cape Ann

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 30th, 2017

    During the 19th Century and era of modernism Cape Ann was home to leading American artists. That faded in the post war era leaving a mostly tacky, conservative, artist colony. Several years ago Matthew Swift launched Trident Gallery as a matrix for Gloucester's best and brightest contemporary artists. While visiting we attended the closing party and special performances of the provocative exhibition The Political Body.

  • Mark Morris: Two Operas

    An Evening of Britten and Purcell

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 16th, 2017

    Mark Morris does not leave not-well-enough alone. He enlivens Benjamin Britten's Curlew River with instruments on stage as they would be in the Noh drama on which this opera is based. He places the singers in the pit for Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. On stage, dancers enact the roles to entrance and also enhance the music. Morris conducts, directs, conceives and pleases along the way.

  • Dorrance Dazzles at the Guggenheim

    Bringing the Art of Tap Dance to a Museum

    By: Deborah Heineman - Feb 19th, 2017

    Michelle Dorrance proves once again that the “Genius” award she received in 2015 for her tap-dancing brilliance (the same year as Lin-Manuel Miranda received his for “Hamilton”) is abundantly deserved!

  • Jacob's Pillow 2017

    Schedule for 85th Season in Becket

    By: Pillow - Dec 14th, 2016

    Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking attendance of Festival 2016, Jacob’s Pillow Dance announces its 85th Anniversary Season of exciting programming featuring world premieres, commissions, site-specific work, international artists, live music, and Pillow-exclusive engagements. Running June 21-August 27, Festival 2017 marks a notable moment in the history of the organization, with the first season programmed by Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge who joined the organization in April of 2016.

  • Mark Morris Cracks the Nut

    Christmas Traditions Celebrated at BAM

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 11th, 2016

    Mark Morris' The Hard Nut is a Christmas tradition at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It is easy to see why. Morris is true to E.T. A. Hofman's story and also the Tchaikovsky score. Bringing smiles to the audience, punctuated by fear, delight and humor Morris's Nut is terrific.

  • First Night Saratoga 2017

    New Years Eve celebration of the Arts

    First Night Saratoga 2017
    By: Chris Buchanan - Dec 01st, 2016

    First Night is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year's Eve in the region. On Saturday, December 31st join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Art’s presents one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country. Starting with the 5k roadrace at Skidmore College at 5:30pm, culminating with fireworks in Congress Park at midnight and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year.

  • NY City Ballet Presents Fashion

    Walker Joins Jason Wu and Thomas Kitko

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 22nd, 2016

    Inspired by the presence of Fashion Week in Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet inaugurated a Fall Fashion Gala. Fashion Week was kicked out of the arts center by the New York City Parks Department, complaining among other issues about the number of spike heels. Although the event left, the Fashion Gala continues. A wonderful case is made for the use of high fashion costumes in ballet.

  • Jacob's Pillow Schedule

    2016 Festival in Becket

    By: Pillow - Apr 29th, 2016

    Highlights of Festival 2016 include a world premiere engagement And Still You Must Swing created by tap dance powerhouses Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith; former New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan and choreographer Brian Brooks in an evening of new duets and solos, accompanied by eminent string quartet Brooklyn Rider and titled Some of a Thousand Words; rare U.S. appearances by France-based Compagnie Hervé KOUBI and South Korea-based contemporary ensemble Bereishit Dance Company; the powerful all-male company Che Malambo of Argentina; and the return of the eminent Seattle-based company Pacific Northwest Ballet.

  • NY Theatre Ballet's Legends and Visionaries

    Steven Melendez Shines as Dancer and Choreographer

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 29th, 2016

    Chamber Ballet charms as New York Theatre Ballet performs classic works and the very latest choreography. The strong and stylish presentation of the dancers is a pleasure to watch.

  • Susan Vencl Presents Long Before Afterward

    Her Fourth Evening-Length Work at Graham Center, NYC

    By: Deborah Heineman - Feb 24th, 2016

    Jessica Ames, Tomomi Imai, Erin Pellecchia, Cristina Ramos and Jessica Ruddock dance together in Vencl’s new, four-part piece exploring the relationship between the past, present and future. Choreographed to a suite of nine expressionistic works by Arlene Sierra, “Long Before Afterward” debuted February 19 at the Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in NYC.

  • The Sarasota Ballet Debut at Jacob's Pillow

    Three Variations on Classical Dance

    Ballet
    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

    Malaposo
    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

    King
    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.

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