• 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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

    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.

  • Trey McIntyre Project’s Final Bows

    Company Disbands at Jacob’s Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 01st, 2014

    The final performance of the now disbanded, Iowa based, Trey McIntyre Project was followed by one of the longest and most raucous ovations we have ever encountered at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Theatre. The audiece was thrilled by a two part peformance based on the macabre innustrations of Edward Gorey and the magnificent music of the British rock group Queen. What a fitting send off for a superb dance company.

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem

    Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow, July 9-13.

    By: Pillow - Jun 18th, 2014

    Dance Theatre of Harlem, led by Artistic Director Virginia Johnson, performs Donald Byrd’s smooth yet power-packed contemporary ballet Contested Space, which features a plethora of solos and duets. past-carry-forward, created for DTH by Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis, conveys the spirit and significance of the Harlem Renaissance.

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

    Returns to Jacob's Pillow July 2-6

    By: Pillow - Jun 15th, 2014

    Popular contemporary company Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for the first time since 2010, bringing a sensational mixed-bill program. Directed by Glenn Edgerton, the 18-member company performs the dramatic Mediterranean-inspired Gnawa, choreographed by Nacho Duato, and Jiří Kylián’s vivid Falling Angels, a stark all-female work danced to “Drumming” by contemporary composer Steve Reich.

  • Trey McIntyre Project at Jacob's Pillow

    Related Events for June 25-29

    By: Pillow - Jun 07th, 2014

    A bold company with a strong Jacob’s Pillow history including five engagements since 2005, Trey McIntyre Project will make its final appearance as a fulltime dance ensemble June 25-29 in the Ted Shawn Theatre. In addition there are a number of free events as the season commences in Becket

  • Mark Morris Dancers Acis and Galatea

    Nymphs and Shepherds Frolic at Boston's Shubert Theatre

    By: David Bonetti - May 18th, 2014

    Nobody can set Baroque opera to dance better than Mark Morris, but his latest effort, a joyful Handel opera, often seemed dialed-in. Still, it was Mark Morris and it was filled with delights.

  • The Joffrey Ballet's Romeo and Juliet

    Polish Choreographer Kryzsztof Masterful

    By: Susan Hall - May 12th, 2014

    Romeo and Juliet is the most popular of Shakespeare’s plays which have been transformed into ballets. The Kenneth Macmillan choreography is seen most frequently and was made into a film which clearly set a barre for conventional presentation, although of course Macmillan allowed dancers to be dragged across the stage, which was both sumptuous and glamorous. The texture of the Joffrey production was rich, but rich mainly in its emotional variety and stunning dancers. No holds barred in this new production, but it is thrilling as it takes off from pointe work, always grounded and inviting.

  • Trey McIntyre Project Farewell Performances

    Jacob's Pillow June 25-29

    By: Pillow - Jan 07th, 2014

    This June, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival will host the final farewell performances of Trey McIntyre Project as a full-time dance company. Following its six-show engagement in the Ted Shawn Theatre, June 25-29, the company will broaden its focus to include other new artistic projects.

  • Jacob's Pillow 2014

    Schedule for Summer Season

    By: Pillow - Jan 06th, 2014

    The 82nd Festival season will feature more than 52 companies performing on three stages: the historic Ted Shawn Theatre; the intimate Doris Duke Theatre; and the open-air Henry J. Leir Stage, home to the Pillow’s free Inside/Out Performance Series, which served more than 21,000 community members last season. More than 350 free and ticketed dance performances, talks, tours, exhibits, films, classes, and community events will be offered June 14-August 24, 2014.

  • Kiss and Cry at ArtsEmerson

    Hands On Dance

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 11th, 2013

    The Belgian company Charleroi Danses presents Kiss and Cry a dance for animation and hands at the Majestic Theatre of ArtsEmerson. Performances continue through October 12. This is one of the most astonishing and original "dance" perrormances we have ever experienced.

  • Ailey II at Williams College

    Residence and Performance

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 18th, 2013

    In the program of Sandra Burton a major dance company is invited to reside at Willams College as an aspect of the fall curriculum. Last night at the "62 Center on its Main Stage there was a galvanic performance by Ailey II. The two hour program featured three works spanning from Revelations (1960) to Virtues (2012) and Streams (1970) in between.

  • ‘Tanz im August’ in Berlin

    A Fantastic 25th Season

    By: Angelika Jansen - Sep 02nd, 2013

    Germany’s most celebrated Contemporary Dance Festival just closed after presenting for two weeks choreographers and companies from around the globe. All performed to sold out houses and on public stages. Where is contemporary dance heading? Berlin may have given many indications.

  • Martha Graham Company at Jacob’s Pillow

    Program Ends 81st Season in Becket

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 24th, 2013

    For the final performances of the Jacob's Pillow 81st season we were presented with the full gamut of the iconic Martha Graham Company. The program was bracketed with her own works also including variations of her solo, Lamentations, and a galvanic, pathos inducing commissioned work Rust exploring torture and terrorism. From 1948 the program began with her Diversion of Angels from 1948 and ended with the visceral Rite of Spring which, at 89, she created in 1984.

  • Wendy Whelan at Jacob’s Pillow

    World Premiere of Restless Creature

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2013

    Tall, slender and as tightly wound as a Swiss watch the body of Wendy Whelan, a dancer with the New York City Ballet since 1986, and principal dancer since 1991, is a precision instrument. Working with four male choreographers and partners Jacob's Pillow presented the world premiere of Restless Creature. She will tour with the new production for the coming months with a performance in Boston in March.

  • La Otra Orilla U.S. Debut at Jacob’s Pillow

    Deconstructed Conceptual Flamenco

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 16th, 2013

    While rooted in Spain, as a tradition of music and dance flamenco is performed by companies all around the globe. This is the first American appearance by the experimental Montreal based group La Otra Orill. At Jacobs's Pillow Dance Festival it features the co-artistic directors, solo dancer Myriam Allard and singer, Hedi Garja. They are accompanied by three musicians.

  • O Vertigo Danse at Jacob’s Pillow

    La Vie qui bat Set to Reich’s Drumming

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 11th, 2013

    In 1971 Steve Reich composed "Drumming" a masterpiece of the Minimal style of music. In 1999, now regarded as an icon of contemporary dance, it was choreographed as La Vie qui bat (The Beat of Life) by Ginette Laurin. It was retired and is now revived by O Vertigo Danse and Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) seen with live music at Jacob's Pillow Dance.

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