Jacob's Pillow Announces Summer Festival Line-Up

December 22, 2015

As the temps drop this winter, think warm thoughts. Here, Jacob’s Pillow’s famous outdoor stage. Photo by Christopher Duggan, Courtesy Jacob’s Pillow.

Although Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival doesn’t kick off until June, there’s much to be excited about. Last week, the Pillow announced its line-up for what’s bound to be another rich season of dance.

  • Live music.
    Ten of the 20 artists and groups performing at the Ted Shawn and Doris Duke Theatres will be dancing to live accompaniment—the most music at the festival in recent years.
  • Two tap productions. 
    And Still You Must Swing
    is a world premiere headlined by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant and Jason Samuels Smith. Plus, they’ve invited non-tap guest artists like Camille A. Brown into their cast. Dorrance Dance returns with ETM: Double Down, an expansion of ETM: The Initial Approach, which will employ the electronic tap devices of Nicholas Young and the choreographic prowess of Michelle Dorrance.
  • Dance from around the world. 
    Argentinian company Che Malambo will showcase the movement traditions of gauchos, or South American cowboys, with an all-male cast. Bereishit Dance Company from Seoul will make its festival debut with a highly physical brand of dance. Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart returns with their witty and skillful take on contemporary ballet. Compagnie Hervé KOUBI from France will present a mix of contemporary, martial arts, capoeira and hip hop.
  • Treasured American artists and companies. 
    Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. And the list goes on.
  • Newer faces.
    ARIAS Company, led by current Kidd Pivot dancer Byan Arias, will feature a force of dancers who’ve worked with companies like Nederlands Dans Theater, The Forysthe Company and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Adam H. Weinert, named one of Dance Magazine‘s renegades earlier this year, will present a mix of his own choreography alongside solos by modern greats Doris Humphrey, José Limón, and Ted Shawn in MONUMENT.

View the list of all ticketed performances here. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting April 1. Can’t wait until then? Check out Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive for tons of archival footage from performances at the Pillow dating back to the 1930s.


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