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  • A Dancer's Covid Tale

    Chriselle Tidrick's "The Limits of Escape."

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 16th, 2021

    Make Do is not what many artists are doing in the time of Covid. In the process of coping, they have extended boundaries, created new forms, and looked particularly to visual distribution channels  to show their new work. Chriselle Tidrick is a formidable aerial dancer who has also appeared on stilts at the Metropolitan Opera. Here is the dancer herself on how she came to create "The Limits of Escape."

  • Jacob's Pillow Commitment

    Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) at Jacob’s Pillow

    By: Pillow - Dec 17th, 2020

    As an institution that seeks to unite people and communities by celebrating cultural diversity in dance, Jacob’s Pillow has an ongoing responsibility to challenge white supremacy and to disrupt systems of bias and oppression. For the Pillow, this includes bringing under-recognized artists and stories to our stages, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ artists, as well as increasing support to women choreographers and leaders of companies, and ensuring that people of color who have historically had limited or restricted access have robust opportunities to present, study, and develop work. 

  • San Francisco's Nutcracker

    A Virtual Event

    By: Susan Cohn - Dec 08th, 2020

    During this holiday season if you can't get to the Nutcracker it will come to you. The San Francisco Ballet will stream the Sugarplum Fairies to your very own livingroom. Plan on great family entertainment.

  • I Am Jacob's Pillow

    Help to Rebuild After Recent Fire

    By: Pamela Tatge - Dec 04th, 2020

    Recently the Doris Duke Theatre of Jacob's Pillow was lost in a fire on November 17. You can help to rebuild this landmark of American dance in the Berkshires.

  • Fire at Jacob's Pillow

    Doris Duke Theatre Lost

    By: Pillow - Nov 17th, 2020

    Today, November 17, there was a fire on the campus of Jacob's Pillow in Becket. The Doris Duke Theatre is lost. " We are grateful for the outpouring of support from around the world we have already received. We will rebuild,” says Pamela Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow Artistic & Executive Director.

  • Dancer Marge Champion at 101

    Longtime Berkshire Resident

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 23rd, 2020

    Marjorie Celeste Belcher was born in Los Angeles in 1919. She was known as Marge Champion when she married her dance and life partner, Gower Champion, in 1947. They had two sons and divorced in 1973. A resident of Stockbridge she was a familar presence at Berkshire arts events. She died this week at 101. Remarkably, she continued to dance into her 90s which became the subject of a short film

  • Royal Ballet Company

    PBS Great Performances

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 19th, 2020

    Classical ballet as performed by England’s Royal Ballet Company in this new film version by filmmakers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, feature two new sublime, glittering, and accomplished principal dancers.

  • Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

    At the Ahmanson Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Dec 14th, 2019

    Internationally acclaimed Director/Choreographer Matthew Bourne returned to Los Angeles on December 5th with a reinvigorated and a brilliantly reimagined production of his most celebrated work that originally burst onto London’s Saddler Well’s stage in 1995; taking the world of ballet by storm.

  • Virtual Works & Process from the Guggenheim

    Social Distancing Dance and Music

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 14th, 2020

    Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions financially supports artists and nurtures their creative process during these challenging times. Works & Process at the Guggenheim is granting over $150,000 for artists to create new works while observing social distancing. New works will be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30pm.

  • This Week at Jacob's Pillow

    Celebrating Earth Day

    By: Pillow - Apr 22nd, 2020

    A unique asset of Jacob's Pillow is its bucolic setting in the Berkshire woods. This week, on line, you can celebrate both dance and Earth Day. Here is an invitation from executive and artistic director, Pamela Tatge.

  • La Mama Presents Pananadem

    Philippino Act of Remembering Dramatized in Dance and Music

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 01st, 2020

    Full of color and a driving beat, this special Philippine dance group presents Pananadem. The term means “remembering” in the language of the Meranao people (Philippines). It is a way of looking back across time, to gain inspiration and perspective from one’s ancestors.

  • Jacob's Pillow Cancels 2020 Season

    Response to Pandemic

    By: Pillow - Mar 31st, 2020

    For the first time in its 88-year history, the Jacob’s Pillow Board of Trustees and Executive Leadership have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, previously scheduled for June 24-August 30 along with its annual gala scheduled for June 20.

  • Cion at Prototype Festival

    Gregory Maqoma Erupts in a Graveyard

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 20th, 2020

    Graves are marked with sticks crossed. They seem to bend in the movement of the professional mourner and his followers. Light is spotted from the ceiling, sometimes two spots and at others six. The lights rhythmic entrances and exits fit perfectly with incessant beats of the feet. The brilliant South African choreographer Gregory Vuyani Maqoma has adapted Zakes Mda’s novel Cion.

  • Dance Nation at Steppenwolf Theatre

    Adults Playing Teens

    By: Nancy Bishop - Dec 30th, 2019

    Clare Barron’s play is about a crew of 13-year-old girls (and a token boy) from Liverpool, Ohio, who are competing in regional dance contests that could culminate in a trip to YAY! Tampa Bay, Florida!!!! YAAAAAYYYY!

  • Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival 2018

    Reflections on Performances

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Aug 28th, 2018

    There are a series of reviews written on BFA by Charles Giuliano this summer about the many magnificent dance companies who were in residence at Jacob's Pillow in 2018. Here are my memories of some of their performances as poetry.

  • Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2018

    Conflating Old and New in Becket

    By: Pillow - Dec 13th, 2017

    International companies will travel to Becket, Massachusetts, from Denmark, Israel, Belgium, Australia, France, Spain, and Scotland. Notably, representation from across the United States ranges from New York City, Minneapolis, and Houston to Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Chicago, among others.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Twist's Symphonie Fantastique at HERE

    O'Riley's Liszt and Anniversaries Galore

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 06th, 2018

    It's Berlioz. It's puppets. It's a supershow. The twentieth anniversary production of Basil Twist's remarkable Symphonie Fantastique is at the ever enterprising and surprising HERE in New York. Christopher O'Riley performs Liszt's piano transcription of Berlioz's love letter/nightmare. Twist performs his magic in an aquarium filled with 1,000 gallons of water.

  • Pilobolus at Jacob’s Pillow

    Taking Nature Back Inside

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 29th, 2018

    Recalling seeing Pilobolus over the years one readily recognized its DNA but with the realization of how it has evolved and remained fresh. Just when you think that you know what Pilobolus is about, with a tool kit and vetted skill set, they do something different. You are challenged to revise and update assumptions as an audience or critic.

  • Celebrating Jerome Robbins Centennial

    Stars of American Ballet at Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 27th, 2018

    It has been a summer of celebrating Centennials for Leonard Bernstein and his collaborator, Jerome Robbins. The Jacob's Pillow season ended with Stars of American Ballet. They offered a tribute of five Robbins dances curated by New York City Ballet principal Daniel Ulbricht.

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Fancy Free

    Boston Ballet and BSO Collaborate

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 19th, 2018

    The summer long centenary celebration continued last night at Tanglewood with an All Bernstein Program conducted by Andris Nelsons. It featured Fancy Free a 1944 collaboration with choreographe Jerome Robbins for Fancy Free. That theme was expanded into their musical On the Town. The dance was performed in collaboration with Boston Ballet.

  • Houston Ballet

    Once in a Blue Moon Visit to Jacob's Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 17th, 2018

    It's been 40 years since the renowned and well traveled Houston Ballet has visited Jacob's Pillow. The company if noted for its depth in superbly trained principal dancers. There are many individual stars in its firmament. On a hot and steamy night they presented four works, three by artistic director, Stanton Welch AM, one a world premiere, and another by perennial Pillow favorite Trey McIntyre.

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