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  • 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.

  • Dorrance Dance at Jacob's Pillow

    An All Star World Premiere

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 21st, 2018

    For the past few years the annual appearance of Dorrance Dance has been a highlight of the Jacob’s Pillow season. This time the tap company featured an all star, world premiere of the playful All Good Things Come to an End . The second half of the program featured a recent piece Myelination (2017). It was yet again a glorious evening of tap dancing.

  • Intersectionality of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

    Elevated Threat Level of Fractus V at Jacob’s Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 15th, 2018

    The week of performances by the Belgian based company Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/ Eastman featured a single work Fractus V (2015). In the spirit of intersectionality which informs the cutting edge of performance art it conflates the dance and musical traditions of its diverse members.

  • Four Quartets Danced at Bard

    Tamowitz, Saariaho and Marden Capture the Still Point

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 09th, 2018

    Bard's Summerscape, ever brave, captures extraordinary moments in poet T.S. Eliot's masterwork, Four Quartets. The words the poet so clearly relishes in his own reading now dance before our eyes like searing moments at the still point. Choreographer Pam Tanowitz, composer Kaija Saariaho and painter Brice Marden join forces at the Fisher Center in Annandale.

  • Batsheva — The Young Ensemble at Jacob's Pillow

    Audience Insulted by Naharin’s Virus

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 09th, 2018

    With a combination of theatre of nihilism, taunts and insults the audience at Jacob's Pillow endured a riveting performance by Israel's Batsheva — The Young Ensemble. There was a single, hour long piece “Naharin’s Virus” (2001). It was choreographed by soon to retire artistic director Ohad Naharin. Like an ersatz Stockholm Syndrome experience the audience perhaps too politely thanked their tormentors for the assault on their sense.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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!"

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