Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Announces the Full 2014 Schedule, 6/14-8/24

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Announces the Full 2014 Schedule, 6/14-8/24

Following the record-breaking attendance of Festival 2013, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival announces the full 2014 Festival free and ticketed event schedule. Jacob's Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, home to America's longest-running dance festival, and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Noted dance writer Jennifer Dunning has called the Pillow "the dance center of the nation, possibly the world."

The 82nd Festival season will feature more than 52 companies performing on three stages: the historic Ted Shawn Theatre; the intimate Doris Duke Theatre; and the open-air Henry J. Leir Stage, home to the Pillow's free Inside/Out Performance Series, which served a record-breaking 21,000+ community members last season. More than 350 free and ticketed dance performances, talks, tours, exhibits, films, classes, and community events will be offered June 14-August 24, 2014.

The 2014 Festival companies hail from Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, and across the U.S. Festival 2014 world premieres include As I Remember It by legendary performer Carmen de Lavallade; a new show by tap artist and 2013 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award winner Michelle Dorrance; and Chalk and Soot, a collaboration between choreographer John Heginbotham and composer Colin Jacobsen, with live music performed by superstar string quartet Brooklyn Rider, the vocal stylings of Shara Worden (lead singer of My Brightest Diamond), and singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane on harmonium.

Exclusive presentations include Unreal Hip-Hop, a mixed bill of some of today's most innovative hip-hop artists including Decadancetheatre, Ephrat Asherie, and The Wondertwins; Ballet 2014, directed by Daniel Ulbricht and featuring principal dancers and soloists of New York City Ballet; and a weeklong "festival within the Festival" honoring choreographer Mark Morris and his company.

Other special engagements include Compagnia T.P.O. from Italy, with the family-friendly interactive production Bleu!; the Pacific Northwest Ballet in a rare East Coast engagement; and Trey McIntyre Project performing Mercury Half-Life, set entirely to the music of rock band Queen and The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction, inspired by the work of writer and illustrator Edward Gorey. This engagement marks the final performances of Trey McIntyre Project as a full-time dance company. Trey McIntyre comments, "There is a great poetry to TMP having its final performance as a full-time dance company at Jacob's Pillow. Ella was one of the very first presenters to take a chance on us." The group made its official full-time company debut at the Pillow in 2008, following two previous Pillow engagements as a pickup-style troupe.

A significant milestone in dance history, this year marks the centennial of the marriage of Ruth St. Denis and Jacob's Pillow founder Ted Shawn, which in turn led to the founding of the Denishawn company. The Pillow honors this milestone with a special exhibit in the Ted Shawn Theatre lobby, a PillowTalk on August 22, and an Inside/Out presentation by Adam H. Weinert/In Situ Arts of early dances by Ted Shawn.

Ella Baff, Jacob's Pillow Executive and Artistic Director, comments, "This Festival, in addition to some of the great and better known American companies such as Mark Morris Dance Group, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pillow audiences will discover less familiar, yet no less important, dance companies such as David Roussève /REALITY, Dorrance Dance, Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, and Dance Heginbotham. The 2014 season also features the work of choreographers from the U.S. and abroad, including Lee Sher and Saar Harari (Israel), Jorma Elo (Finland), Nacho Duato (Spain), Alejandro Cerrudo (Spain), Ji?í Kylián (The Netherlands), David Dawson (U.K.), Krzysztof Pastor (Poland), Fei Bo (China), Sonia Destri Lie (Brazil), Yaron Lifschitz (Australia), and others. The international mix is an important part of the Jacob's Pillow experience, meant to show audiences the remarkable range of possibilities in dance."

The 2014 Festival offers over 200 free performances, talks, exhibits, and events. Following record-breaking attendance at the Inside/Out performance series in 2013, the 2014 Inside/Out series includes theatrical contemporary dance from Buglisi Dance Theatre (June 27), acclaimed contemporary ballet choreographer Emery LeCrone's company (July 17), distinguished modern choreographer Marta Renzi with her Project Co. (July 24), a Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist in Molissa Fenley's State of Darkness (August 7), students of The School at Jacob's Pillow (every Saturday evening), and many other dance companies.

The School at Jacob's Pillow is equally international and varied in scope in 2014, with pre-professional dancers from around the world selected by audition for rigorous, often career-changing programs in Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, and Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance. Artist faculty and program directors include esteemed ballet master teacher and coach Anna-Marie Holmes; former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Maxim Beloserkovsky; Madeleine Onne, former principal dancer with the Royal Swedish Ballet and current Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet; top tap artists Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, and Dianne Walker; master teacher Milton Myers; Broadway choreographer and director Chet Walker, and many others.

Free PillowTalks feature directors, choreographers, visual artists, authors and filmmakers Fridays at 5pm and Saturdays at 4pm. This year's schedule includes talks with ballet stars Misty Copeland and Virginia Johnson (July 12), celebrated dancemaker Mark Morris (July 25), choreographer John Heginbotham and composer Colin Jacobsen (August 2), Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne (August 23), and other noted figures, as well as screenings of Nancy Buirski's Afternoon of a Faun (July 19) and Jaclyn Paré's Tap or Die (July 5) with the filmmakers participating. In addition, four screenings of notable recent dance films will be presented on selected Sunday afternoons at 4:30pm.

Pre-Show Briefings are given by Pillow Scholars-in-Residence 30 minutes before every performance; Post-Show Talks are held Thursdays in the Doris Duke Theatre and Fridays in the Ted Shawn Theatre; and public tours are held Thursdays and Saturdays at 5:30pm. Free photography and art exhibits are open to the public throughout the Festival, including Gotta Dance!, an extraordinary collection of vintage dance movie posters; Denishawn Centennial, honoring 100 years since the marriage of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn and the founding of the Denishawn company; and 104 Work Weeks: On Tour With Merce Cunningham Dance Company, a collection of Kenneth E. Parris's drawings and paintings of the Cunningham Company's final Legacy Tour. Community dance activities take place throughout the summer including Free Fun Friday on July 4th, and Weekend OUT, a weekend of welcome for LGBT families, friends, and individuals, will take place August 8-10.

This summer marks the second year of Seeing Dance, Talking Dance, a series of engagement activities including essays, talks and discussion groups, and digital materials. Festival 2014 activities will include informal audience chats following performances by Dance Theater of Harlem, Companhia Urbana de Dança, Dance Heginbotham, and David Rousséve/REALITY, and discussion prompts tucked across the Pillow's historic grounds. Seeing Dance, Talking Dance is funded by Engaging Dance Audiences, a project of Dance/USA.

A full schedule of all ticketed and free events is below.


Gotta Dance!

Blake's Barn

Open Tues through Sun, noon through final curtain.

The art of the dance movie poster is celebrated in this extraordinary group of vintage posters from throughout the world, selected from the personal collection of one of the genre's foremost experts, Mike Kaplan, an award winning campaign designer and producer. Among the star dancers featured are Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, and Astaire & Rogers, with a special salute to Marge Champion on the occasion of her 95th birthday.

Denishawn Centennial

Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby

Open 60 minutes pre-performance

One hundred years ago this summer, the iconic dance soloist Ruth St. Denis married Pillow founder Ted Shawn and formed a company that spawned American modern dance. Their union was celebrated here with a lavish 50th Anniversary celebration in 1964 (despite their formal separation in 1930), and now their partnership is explored through treasures from the Jacob's Pillow Archives.

104 Work Weeks: On Tour With Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Doris Duke Theatre Lobby

Open 60 minutes pre-performance

Visual artist Kenneth E. Parris III documented the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's final tour in a series of drawings and paintings focusing on the dancers' backstage life, displayed here on the five-year anniversary of the company's last Pillow performances and Merce Cunningham's death that same week.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Archives

Blake's Barn

Open Tues-Sun, noon to approximately 9pm

This informal library and reading room allows impromptu visitors to view videos, browse through books, access the Pillow's computer catalog, or peruse permanent collections of Pillow programs and photographs. Pillow Interactive, the popular touch-screen kiosk, provides instant access to rare film clips ranging from the present day back to the 1930s. Visitors may also sample videos from other Dance Heritage Coalition archives and companies throughout the country. FREE


Additional Festival 2014 artist information and preview videos can be found at jacobspillow.org.

Member Appreciation Film

Sunday, June 8, 3pm

Jacob's Pillow Members of all levels are invited to a free, exclusive screening of The Fabulous Ice Age, a new documentary about ice dancing, with special appearances by the film's director and prominent participants. Membership starts at $60; visit jacobspillow.org to learn more about becoming a member.

Season Opening Gala

Saturday, June 14, 5:30pm

Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2014 Gala include Bill and Camille Cosby, and Carmen de Lavallade, who will dance as part of the evening's performance. The Gala program also features members of Trey McIntyre Project in McIntyre's Bad Winter, set to music by The Cinematic Orchestra, and The Hong Kong Ballet performing a duet from The Frog Prince, choreographed by Yuri Ng. Dancers of the Ballet Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow will present a world premiere created on them in four days by Jessica Lang, whose company, Jessica Lang Dance, made its official company debut at the Pillow in 2012. This signature fundraising event also includes the presentation of the 2014 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award to an artist who has made significant contributions to the field, dinner, a live auction, and dancing. Tickets and tables available for purchase at jacobspillow.org/gala

The Hong Kong Ballet

Wednesday, June 18 - Saturday, June 21, 8pm

Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, June 22, 2pm

Ted Shawn Theatre


Following its 2012 American debut at Jacob's Pillow, The Hong Kong Ballet returns with sleek elegance, technical precision, and a range of contemporary ballets. Directed by Madeleine Onne, former Artistic Director of The Royal Swedish Ballet, the company performs a varied program that includes Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor's In Light and Shadow, set to Johann Sebastian Bach's "Goldberg Variations" and "Orchestral Suite in D Major No. 3". The company's male dancers will present Nacho Duato's commanding 2002 work Castrati, which explores themes of masculinity and sacrifice to the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Karl Jenkins. A poetic trio from A Room of Her Own, by National Ballet of China resident choreographer Fei Bo, closes the program. Tickets $39-69, available at jacobspillow.org and via phone 413.243.0745.

Carmen de Lavallade in As I Remember It

Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 8:15pm

Sunday, June 22, 2:15pm

Doris Duke Theatre


Carmen de Lavallade's unparalleled career as a dancer, choreographer, and stage and film actress spans more than six decades working with luminaries such as Lena Horne, Josephine Baker, Harry Belafonte, Alvin Ailey, and many others. She holds the distinction of the longest Pillow performing career on record, having made her Jacob's Pillow debut with Lester Horton Dance Theatre in 1953 and performing at the Festival as recently as 2004 (with Paradigm). In the world premiere of her new solo show, As I Remember It, de Lavallade combines poignant movement and storytelling to weave a theatrical memoir about her venerable life on stage. Limited engagement, only three performances. Tickets $22-38, available at jacobspillow.org and via phone 413.243.0745.

Free Inside/Out Performance: Harvard Dance Project

Wednesday, June 18, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Students from Harvard University perform contemporary work by Jill Johnson, director of the dance program. The Harvard Dance Project is a for-credit course for undergraduate students, which Johnson calls a "chance to dive into performance research and what it means to be an artist in 2014." FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: New Generation Dance Company

Thursday, June 19, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Dardo Galletto, a former dancer with Julio Bocca's company, founded New Generation Dance Company with his wife, Karina Romero, after moving to New York from their native Buenos Aires. NGDC has appeared over several New York seasons in programs of traditional tango alongside Galletto's signature tango/ballet fusion. FREE

Free PillowTalk: The Evolution of Institutions

Friday, June 20, 5pm

Blake's Barn

This summer's grand reopening of the expanded Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts offers an opportunity for Director Michael Conforti to sit down with the Pillow's Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff for a discussion on how their institutions have evolved. Conforti celebrates twenty years as director of the Clark this year; Baff has been leading the Pillow for more than fifteen years. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: American Dance Guild

Friday, June 20, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

A sampling of contemporary choreography. The American Dance Guild is committed to preserving the living history of modern dance, while promoting new works. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Carmen & Geoffrey

Saturday, June 21, 4pm

Blake's Barn

The one-and-only Carmen de Lavallade makes a special personal appearance following the screening of a stellar documentary about her life and career alongside artist/director husband Geoffrey Holder. Extended 90-minute program. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Ballet Program, The School at Jacob's Pillow

Saturday, June 21, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Dancers from the Ballet Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow present a work created on them in only four days by acclaimed choreographer Jessica Lang, as well as classical variations coached by program director Anna-Marie Holmes. FREE

Trey McIntyre Project

Wednesday, June 25 - Saturday, June 28, 8pm

Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29, 2pm

Ted Shawn Theatre



Called "engaging and provocative" by Karen Campbell of The Boston Globe, Trey McIntyre's dances overflow with fresh intelligence, unabashed physicality, and sprit. His company first appeared at the Pillow in 2005 and has since performed during four other Festivals, including its official full-time company debut in 2008. This summer's engagement marks the final performances of the current Trey McIntyre Project, which will broaden its focus to include other new artistic projects. TMP's Festival 2014 program features The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction, a new work inspired by the surreal imagination of writer and illustrator Edward Gorey and his characteristic pen-and-ink drawings. The Vinegar Works will be performed with live music by Trio Solaris, a prestigious group comprised of the Music Institute of Chicago's top Fellow Laureates. Other works include the East Coast premiere of Mercury Half-Life, set entirely to the music of legendary rock band Queen, including beloved ballads "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" as well as lesser-known songs such as "Love of My Life" and "Millionaire Waltz." Tickets $39-75, available at jacobspillow.org and via phone 413.243.0745.

Unreal Hip-Hop

Wednesday, June 25 - Saturday, June 28, 8:15pm

Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29, 2:15pm

Doris Duke Theatre


Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff brings together some of hip-hop's most innovative dancemakers for this new, Pillow-exclusive production. Unreal Hip-Hop features the diverse styles of all-female crew Decadancetheatre, b-girl Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, and freestyle and pop 'n' lock duo The Wondertwins. Directed by Jennifer Weber, Brooklyn-based Decadancetheatre performs 4, its interpretation of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." Boston-based identical twin brothers Billy and Bobby McClain, a.k.a. The Wondertwins, have toured the world with the likes of Bobby Brown, won Amateur Night at The Apollo six times, and performed at numerous international festivals and conventions with their rapid-fire pop 'n' lock style. Asherie, called "fiercely talented" by Siobhan Burke of The New York Times, performs a selection of acclaimed solos and duets. Tickets $22-42, $10 Youth Tickets for select shows, available at jacobspillow.org and via phone 413.243.0745. Due to scheduling conflicts, hip-hop artist Storyboard P will not perform as part of Unreal Hip-Hop.

Free Inside/Out Performance: Sayat Nova Dance Company

Wednesday, June 25, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

The Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston (SNDC) was formed in 1986 as an independent, non-profit dance ensemble, under the direction of Apo Ashjian. SNDC performs traditional Armenian folk dance, which is recognized as a celebration and reflection of the life and legacy of the Armenian people. Each dance symbolizes livelihood, aspirations, legends, and an appreciation of beauty. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Thursday, June 26, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Choreographer Nai-Ni Chen fuses dynamic modern dance with traditional Asian forms to create "endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy" (The New York Times). Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has toured internationally to Mexico, China, Korea, and Poland, presenting mesmerizing and dramatic works that defy cultural boundaries. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Gotta Collect!

Friday, June 27, 5pm

Blake's Barn

Mike Kaplan, award-winning poster art director (A Clockwork Orange) and producer (The Whales of August) talks about poster design and his monumental collection highlighted in GOTTA DANCE!, an exclusive Blake's Barn exhibition at the Pillow this summer. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Buglisi Dance Theatre

Friday, June 27, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Artistic Director and former Martha Graham Dance Company member Jacqulyn Buglisi creates theatrical, emotional contemporary dances with multidisciplinary inspirations, saying: "using images, literature, poetry, heroic archetypes and a consuming physicality, I craft dances that explore human relationships revealing the bold visceral strengths, humor and exquisite vulnerabilities of the individual." Buglisi Dance Theatre celebrated its 20th anniversary season last year. Since 2011, the company has presented an annual concert in commemoration of the 9/11 attacks called "The Table of Silence" at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Trey McIntyre's Best Moves

Saturday, June 28, 4pm

Blake's Barn

In this final week of performances by Trey McIntyre Project, a panel of friends and fans pay homage and show clips from some of their favorite McIntyre dances. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Tap Program, The School at Jacob's Pillow

Saturday, June 28, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Dancers from the Tap Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow present variations coached by program director Michelle Dorrance. Dorrance is a recipient of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Award (2013), and her troupe Dorrance Dance performs for two weeks in the Doris Duke Theatre, July 16-27. FREE

Sunday Film Event: Never Stand Still

Sunday, June 29, 4:30pm

Blake's Barn

Never Stand Still is Ron Honsa's award-winning documentary about Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, featuring interviews with legendary dancemakers and behind-the-scenes footage. This is the only opportunity to see this remarkable film onsite during Festival 2014. Tickets $10, available at jacobspillow.org and via phone 413.243.0745.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Wednesday, July 2-Saturday, July 5, 8pm

Thursday, July 3, Saturday, July 5 & Sunday, July 6, 2pm

Ted Shawn Theatre

The popular Chicago-based contemporary company returns to the Festival for the first time since 2010, bringing a sensational varied?program. Directed by Glenn Edgerton, the 16-member company performs the dramatic Mediterranean-inspired work Gnawa, choreographed by Nacho Duato. The program also includes Ji?í Kylián's vivid Falling Angels, a stark all-female work created for Nederlands Dans Theatre in 1989 and danced to "Drumming" by contemporary composer Steve Reich. The company's production of Falling Angels earlier this year was called "a gorgeous combination of energetic and hypnotic, a celebration of what the body can do" by Lauren Whalen of Chicago Theater Beat. PACOPEPEPLUTO, by Hubbard Street company member and resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, closes the show with a trio for three male dancers set to the sweet songs of Dean Martin, "rich in circular turns, jumps and dashing Olympian form" (Sid Smith of The Chicago Tribune). Seven show engagement. Tickets $39-75, available online at jacobspillow.organd via phone 413.243.0745

Compagnia T.P.O. in Bleu!

July 2-6

Wednesday, July 2, Thursday, July 3, & Friday, July 4, 4:15pm, 8:15pm

Saturday, July 5, 11:15am, 3:15pm, 8:15pm

Sunday, July 6, 11:15am, 3:15pm

Doris Duke Theatre


Based in the Tuscany region of Italy, the innovative theatre company Compagnia T.P.O. presents Bleu!, a wondrous interactive production for children and the young at heart. Directed by David Venturini and Francesco Gandi, T.P.O. invites audiences to a journey under the sea with this spectacle of light, animation, and movement. Through immersive technology and imaginative set design, Bleu! explores a mythical world of sea creatures and ancient legends. Audiences of all ages are invited onstage to engage with the dancers and the motion-sensored set, or they can choose to just sit back and enjoy the adventure.Expanded ten-show engagement. $28 General admission, $10 Youth Tickets for all shows (must be accompanied by an adult ticket). Tickets available online at jacobspillow.org and via phone 413.243.0745

Free Inside/Out Performance: Patricia Kenny Dance Collection

Wednesday, July 2, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

This New York-based group performs lush and lyrical contemporary choreography. The company's repertory includes works by Robert Battle, Katarzyna Skarpetowska?, Orion Duckstein, and artistic director Patricia Kenny Reilly, a former member of Parsons Dance. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Amalgamate Dance Company

Thursday, July 3, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Contemporary dance, fearless partnering, and silky virtuosity - with a social purpose. Founded in 2005, Amalgamate Dance Company's mission is to raise awareness around significant topics and events that affect human development through authentic storytelling. Artistic Director Alana Marie Urda creates dance events that educate audiences, involve communities, and provide opportunities for dancers. FREE