• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jacob's Pillow 2016

    Star Studded Season in Becket

    By: Pillow - Dec 15th, 2015

    Highlights of Jacob's Pillow Festival 2016 include a world premiere engagement 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; rare U.S. appearances by France-based Compagnie Hervé KOUBI and Korea-based contemporary ensemble Bereishit Dance Company; the explosive Che Malambo of Argentina; and the return of the beloved Seattle-based company Pacific Northwest Ballet.

  • 2015 in the Arts

    Hiphopera, Tap, Berkshires and Beyond

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 02nd, 2016

    In some of the most exciting and insightful productions and performances of the year there was a notable cross pollination and invention as vernacular street cultures and indigenous art forms conflated into high art. Classic works were not just revived but reinvented from the insight out. The best works of 2016 raised the bar through risk taking and challenging audiences. These rare experiences tend to make the majority of what we experience ordinary and enervating. In an era signified by ubiquitous standing ovations what is truly worthy of special recognition?

  • Calderoni Performs MDLSX at La MaMa

    Alternative if Awesome

    By: Deborah Heineman - Jan 10th, 2016

    An Avant-garde multi-media production by Italy's Modus Company was featured at New York's La MaMa. It comprises a solo performance by Silvia Calderoni that combines dance, music and multimedia. It continues through January 17.

  • Pamela Tatge New Head of Jacob's Pillow

    Executive Director Takes Over in April

    By: Pillow - Jan 12th, 2016

    Pamela Tatge comments, “It will be an honor and a thrill for me to have the opportunity to lead Jacob’s Pillow’s next stage of development. The Pillow’s leading role as a dance presenter, its support of artistic development and new work, and its deep audience engagement programming is of vital importance nationally and internationally; its educational and archival resources are unmatched. The passion and dedication of the Pillow’s Board and staff is palpable and inspiring. I look forward to working with them and to partnering with regional, national, and international dance artists and colleagues to continue the work of this truly extraordinary organization.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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!"

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Company XIV’s Adults-Only Snow White

    Outrageous Burlesque at NY's Minetta Lane Theatre

    By: Deborah Heineman - Feb 11th, 2016

    Company XIV has a World Premiere of adults-only Snow White at the Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC -- the third offering in a season of rowdy entertainment by Austin McCormick and the multi-talented cast.

  • 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.

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