The Blues Project at Jacob’s PillowBy: - 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,
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Huey Lewis, Mark Morris and MoreBy: - Jun 24th, 2015
For under $100 you can purchase lawn tickets and see four popular artists at Tanglewood.
Civilian, Chemistry and Exposed Twirl on StageBy: - 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.
Sadler's Wells Helps Us See MusicBy: - 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.
Dance Company Theaterhaus StuttgartBy: - 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.
The Ancient Dance of GauchosBy: - Jul 04th, 2016
Indigenous to Argentina is the traditional folk form of Malambo which is described as the machismo dance of the gauchos. With striking resemble to Flamenco, Irish step dancing, and African drumming this artform first evolved in the 17th century. The irony is that this ancient dance is new to American audiences.
More Coverage of Annual Spoleto Festival USABy: - Jun 08th, 2016
Harbor Me was choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to the music of Extension, Park Woojae Geomugo. This music sounded agonizing like a Yiddish kvetch. The stage was mostly dark with slight illumination from lights filtered through smoke.
2016 Festival in BecketBy: - 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.
Steven Melendez Shines as Dancer and ChoreographerBy: - 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.
Her Fourth Evening-Length Work at Graham Center, NYCBy: - 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.
Executive Director Takes Over in AprilBy: - 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.”
Alternative if AwesomeBy: - 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.
Hiphopera, Tap, Berkshires and BeyondBy: - 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?
Star Studded Season in BecketBy: - 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.
Roberto Bolle and ABT Dancers Add to Musical ThrillsBy: - 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.
World Dance in the BerkshiresBy: - Dec 17th, 2014
â€œFestival 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,â€ comments Ella Baff, Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow. â€œWe 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.â€