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  • Trisha Brown Dance Company

    Triumphant Return to Jacob’s Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2017

    Trisha Brown was a founder of Judson Dance Theatre and was an influence on following generations of dancers exploring post modernism and pure movement. Dhe died in March at 80. This week the company has performed at Jacob's Pillow Dance with works tom 1980 to 2009.

  • Ballet Hispanico at Jacob's Pillow

    From Indigenous to Mainstream

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 01st, 2017

    In 1970 the Venezuelan dancer and educator, Tina Ramirez, founded the community based Ballet Hispanico. Under her administration the company commisioned 70 plus works. We saw one of them Palladium at MASS MoCA in October 2006, co sponsored by Jacob's Pillow Dance. This past week the company performed at Pillow in a program created by artistic director Eduardo Vilaro who followed Ramirez in 2009.

  • CompagnieXY at Lincoln Center

    French Acrobats Create Dance

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 21st, 2017

    In N'est Pas Le Minuit by Compagnie XY, a group of acrobats whose physical feats demands cooperation and trust. They take that spirit and make it into a global miniature.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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