Jacob's Pillow Presents BLEU!, a Family Friendly Dance-Theatre Show from Italy,7/2-6

June 12
7:40 2014
Jacob's Pillow Presents BLEU!, a Family Friendly Dance-Theatre Show from Italy,7/2-6

From Italy, the innovative dance-theatre group Compagnia TPO travels to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival to present Bleu!, a wondrous interactive production that will delight children, parents, and the young at heart. Directed by David Venturini and Francesco Gandi, TPO invites audiences to a journey under the sea with this spectacle of light, animation, and movement. Through immersive technology and imaginative set design, Bleu! brings viewers into a mythical world of sea creatures and ancient legends. Audiences of all ages are welcomed onstage to engage with the dancers and the responsive set, or they can choose to sit back and enjoy the adventure. Bleu! is presented in an expanded ten-show engagement in the Doris Duke Theatre from July 2-6, with $10 youth ticket pricing available for all performances.

Of Bleu!, Jacob's Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff says: ""Wonder" knows no age. This production is made for children, but anyone can enjoy and appreciate the sophisticated skills of the performers, how they interact with the audience, and the beautiful world they create in each of their productions."

Through whimsical props, sophisticated, interactive technology-based scenic design, and engaging, theatrical performances, Bleu! creates an accessible experience inspired by the rich history and culture surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Bleu! is performed by Cristiana D'Alberto and Luca Tomao and invites active participation among audiences of all ages and physical abilities levels. Called "a rather poetic experience" by Gwenola Gabellec of La Provence (Marseille, France), Bleu! offers an intimate perspective on the delicate relationship between humans and our natural surroundings.

Jacob's Pillow audiences last experienced the interactive work of Compagnia TPO in 2008, when the company performed The Painted Garden and The Japanese Garden in the Doris Duke Theatre. Of that performance, Janine Parker of The Boston Globe wrote:

"Participants responded in all sorts of ways: shy, sheepish, curious, bold. Two children went up several times...Adults, too, were mostly game. Afterward, I asked two of them how their magic carpet ride was. "Awesome!" they simultaneously chimed. It seems that we all need a little play in our lives."

Established in 1981, Compagnia TPO has built a unique repertory of immersive dance works that synthesize advanced technology and timeless wonder. With a focus on the natural world, TPO productions educate and excite through lush visual design, playful narrative, and participatory movement. The artistic personnel of TPO have developed numerous systems employing motion-tracking and other technological innovations through which to further their mission to create works that encourage curiosity, creativity, and active engagement by child audiences.

Following each matinee performance by Compagnia TPO, young audience members are invited to continue their experiential dance adventures through Kids Corners featuring movement activities and more, funded by the LEGO Children's Fund.

Related event: Free Fun Friday at Jacob's Pillow

On Friday July 4th, families are invited to take part in an array of events at Jacob's Pillow as part of Free Fun Friday supported by the Highland Street Foundation. Activities include Kids Corners, with dance games and activities; interactive guided tours of the historic grounds; a free PillowTalk event featuring archival film clips of dances that explore the Independence Day theme in various ways; and a free Inside/Out performance by contemporary company Yin Yue Dance.

Performance and ticket information

Doris Duke Theatre

Wednesday, July 2, 4:15pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, July 3, 4:15pm, 8:15pm

Friday, July 4, 4:15pm, 8:15pm

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

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

Free Pre-Show Talks with Jacob's Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Nancy Wozny are offered on the porch of the Doris Duke Theatre 30 minutes before each performance

Tickets $28 general admission, $10 Youth tickets available for all performances (must be accompanied by an adult ticket). Now on sale online at, via phone at 413.243.0745, or in person at the Jacob's Pillow Box Office.

Box Office hours: Sun, Mon, Tues, 11am-5pm; Wednesday- Saturday, 11am-8pm

Pillow Members receive exclusive benefits. To become a Member, call 413.243.9919 x125.

Jacob's Pillow is located at 358 George Carter Road in Becket, MA, 01223 (10 minutes east on Route 20 from Mass Pike Exit 2). The Jacob's Pillow campus and theaters are handicapped accessible.


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

Free PillowTalk: Dancing Fourth at the Pillow

Friday, July 4, 5pm

Blake's Barn

Jacob's Pillow typically celebrates Independence Day with dance of all kinds, from all around the world. Some themed video highlights and special memories from years past help illustrate that every day is a holiday here at this world-renowned center for dance. FREE

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