This Week at Jacob's Pillow
Celebrating Earth DayBy: - 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.
Virtual Works & Process from the Guggenheim
Social Distancing Dance and MusicBy: - 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.
Woolf Works Streaming from the Royal Ballet
Wayne McGregor and Max Richter Join in StorytellingBy: - 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.
Royal Ballet Company
PBS Great PerformancesBy: - 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.
Dancer Marge Champion at 101
Longtime Berkshire ResidentBy: - 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
Fire at Jacob's Pillow
Doris Duke Theatre LostBy: - 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.
I Am Jacob's Pillow
Help to Rebuild After Recent FireBy: - 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.
San Francisco's Nutcracker
A Virtual EventBy: - 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.
Jacob's Pillow Commitment
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) at Jacob’s PillowBy: - 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.
A Dancer's Covid Tale
Chriselle Tidrick's "The Limits of Escape."By: - 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."
New York Theatre Ballet Streams Dance and Talk
Between the Acts on SundaysBy: - Feb 12th, 2021
The marvelous New York Theatre Ballet is offering Sunday conversations on dance in their Between the Acts Series. Agnes de Mille was featured recently. Diana Byer, the founder of the troupe, spoke with Anderson Ferrell and Diana Gonzalez-Dudert from the De Mille Working group, Broadway dancer and actor Dirk Lumbard, and NYTB’s Elena Zahlmann. Diana Byer, the company's founder, president, and artistic director, has said: "...Right now ballet is dominated by a very athletic style, and it's important that there's not just one style out there. I'm really committed to keeping this other way of working alive, a way that's more about the meaning of a gesture, the feeling of the music, or a story.'
Jacob's Pillow Anounces Season
Shall We DanceBy: - Mar 11th, 2021
Jacob's Pillow launches its 90th season with continuity as well as renovation and a Dance We Must fundraising campaign. It seeks to raise $2 million toward a goal of $22 million.
The Attacca Quartet Storms Columbia
A High Hoedown with Adams, Wiancko, and Gabriella SmithBy: - Apr 08th, 2021
The Attacca Quartet won its first Grammy in 2019 for Caroline Shaw’s Orange. They favor music of living composers, as does Melissa Smey, Executive Director of the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre and the new Lenfest Center for the Arts on the north campus. What was Mozart doing on your birthday? Decomposing.
Julliard :Launches Julliard Live
Presenting Music, Dance and DramaBy: - Apr 08th, 2021
Juilliard announces the launch of Juilliard LIVE, a new streaming initiative offering performances from across its three divisions—music, dance, and drama—online to a global audience. The broad initiative, part of the school’s long-term strategic plan, was accelerated over the past year when indoor performances were halted due to the pandemic. With a mix of livestreamed and on-demand content, Juilliard LIVE expands student performance opportunities both now and in the future, and it will increase accessibility to the performing arts for audiences around the world.
Jacob's Pillow 2021
Onsite Events Run June 30-August 29By: - Apr 20th, 2021
Onsite events run June 30-August 29, with online streaming through September 23. Newly imagined—with the safety of artists, staff, and audiences at the forefront of all planning—the Festival will feature commissioned works and world premieres, present new site-specific performances created especially for the Pillow’s 220-acre campus, and engage hundreds of artists who have had incredibly limited performance opportunities for the last year.
Slam! Bang! Wham!
Elizabeth Streb Returns to Jacob's PillowBy: - May 16th, 2021
Elizabeth Streb, the high-octane choreographer known for such risk-taking --and horrifying - feats as setting herself on fire, crashing through glass, and walking down the outside of very tall buildings (London’s City Hall,) returns to the Pillow with her Extreme Action Company for the first time in twenty years.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award
Dormeshia Is This Year's WinnerBy: - Jun 08th, 2021
The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award was created in 2007 by an anonymous donor whose commitment to an ongoing annual gift to Jacob’s Pillow of $50,000 is generous and far-reaching. The Award, presented each year to an artist of exceptional vision and achievement, carries a cash prize of $25,000 which the artist can use in any way they wish. Dormeshia is this year's winner.
Global Pillow Available Until June 19By: - Jun 14th, 2021
Did you miss Global Pillow this weekend? There's still time to watch this global celebration of dance!
Tannhäuser at the Munich State Opera
Awakening to Dissolute PleasuresBy: - Jul 12th, 2021
The Munich Opera House may not be the house that Wagner built, but it was an important venue in his career, a place where he conducted, and where his works were premiered. King Ludwig II insisted that the first two episodes of the Ring premiere here. Wagner had hoped to withhold them for his new Festival Theatre at Bayreuth. Tannhäuser, whose 2017 production in being reprised in Munich’s annual festival, was an immediate favorite of Ludwig, Wagner’s sponsor and savior.
Archie Burnett's Life Encounters
At Jacob's PillowBy: - Jul 14th, 2021
Jacob’s Pillow presents the world premiere of a new work by legendary club dancer Archie Burnett entitled Life Encounters on the Henry J. Leir Stage from July 28 - August 1. Life Encounters explores New York City Club Dance styles through treasured memories from Burnett’s own life with a cast of illustrious dancers including Abdiel Jacobsen, Princess Lockerkoo, Ephrat Asherie, Samara Cohen, Maya Llanos, and Deandre Browne.
Jacob's Pillow On the Road
Free Pop-up PerformancesBy: - Jul 20th, 2021
Jacob’s Pillow will offer two weekends of free Pillow Pop-Up performances in Berkshire County during the last weekend in July and first weekend in August. Performances will happen on a uniquely designed portable stage and feature local performers, as well as the all-female intergenerational Ladies of Hip-Hop Dance Collective (July 31 – Aug. 1) known for illuminating the strength, power, and diversity of women in hip-hop, and Philadelphia-based Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble (Aug. 7-8), dedicated to preserving the traditional dance and music of West Africa and the African diaspora.
Albany's The Egg Center for the Performing Arts
Reopens With Swan LakeBy: - Jul 21st, 2021
The production is currently being rehearsed at The Egg PAC, where the Manhattan based professional company has been resident every summer since 2000. “We could not be more excited to be in the theater everyday” says Artistic Director Chiara Ajkun “This long pause has forced us to reflect on the importance of the Arts and the way they shape us as People. I, for one, strongly believe the magic of ballet does not rest in the opulence of sceneries and large ensembles, rather on pure emotion, beauty and magic it creates”.
Berlin, Tanz im August - 2021
Berliner FestspieleBy: - Aug 23rd, 2021
Tanz im August (no translation necessary) opened the way for live performances with and for the public after Covid-19 had stopped all cultural activities since late last year.
Jacob’s Pillow Announces Fall Artist Residencies
Fourth Year of Pillow LabBy: - Sep 22nd, 2021
Jacob’s Pillow announces this season’s artist residencies offered at the Pillow Lab, its year-round incubator of new work. The Fall 2021 recipients include jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham, Indigenous Enterprise, Taylor Stanley and Shamel Pitts, and Yve Laris Cohen.
Cleo Parker Robinson, Going the Distance
Celebrating 50 Years of Black danceBy: - Sep 29th, 2021
Cleo Parker Robinson is celebrating the 51st anniversary of the founding of her dance troupe. Covid buried the 50th. This celebration had added sizzle. Live dance is happening at last.
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