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  • 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.

  • Woolf Works Streaming from the Royal Ballet

    Wayne McGregor and Max Richter Join in Storytelling

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 26th, 2020

    The Royal Ballet's #OurHousetoYourHouse premieres a stream of Wayne McGregor's Woolf Works, featuring music by Max Richter and inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. It won the Olivier and the Critic's Circle Awards for Dance in 2015. Allesandra Ferri dances Woolf.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tanz im August 2019, Berlin

    Produced by HAU, 9 - 31 August

    By: Angelika Jansen - Aug 31st, 2019

    Eagerly awaited, but somewhat disappointing, could be the short assessment of the 31st International Dance Festival 'Tanz im August' in Berlin, a performance marathon. The sold out festival drew18,000 visitors. This is a must read for all dance enthusiasts!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mark Morris at Mostly Mozart

    Dancing Against the Current

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Aug 15th, 2018

    Mostly Mozart presents the Mark Morris Dance Group, accompanied by three excellent chamber and vocal music performances.

  • Limon Dance Company

    Celebrating Its 70th Year at Jacob's Pillow.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 13th, 2018

    “A gesture, be it a leap, turn, run, fall, or walk, is only as beautiful, as powerful, as eloquent as its inner source. . . Purify, magnify, and make noble that source. You stand naked and revealed. Who are you? What are you? Who, what do you want to be? What is your spiritual caliber?” José Limón. This past week Jacob's Pillow celebrated the 70th anniversary of the company he founded.

  • Hubbard Street Celebrates 40 Years

    Diverse Program at Jacob’s Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 03rd, 2018

    Hubbard Street Dance Chicago celebrated its 40th anniversary with yet another visit to Jacob's Pillow. At two and a half hours, with works by four choreographers, it was one of the longest, most diverse and best received programs of the Pillow season.

  • Roland K. Brown/EVIDENCE

    With Music of Arturo O'Farrill at Jacob's Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 28th, 2018

    New Conversations (live music world premiere) choreography, Roland K. Brown with music by Arturo O’Farrill & Resist was developed during a residency of the Roland K. Brown/Evidence company at Jacob's Pillow. It was founded in 1985 and this was their first Pillow peformance in more than a decade.

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