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Jacob's Pillow Announces Dates for New Season; Archives Facility Expands and MoreJacob's Pillow Announces Dates for New Season; Archives Facility Expands and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

November 20, 2014 – (Becket, MA) Following the record-breaking attendance and ticket sales of Festival 2014, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival moves into a new season of exciting activity. The year-round international center of dance breaks ground this month on an expansion project which will triple the areas for storage and public access to its rare and extensive dance Archives. The Pillow also announces four companies that will perform at Festival 2015: the legendary modern dance ensemble Martha Graham Dance Company, launching its 90th Anniversary Season; Jessica Lang Dance in The Wanderer, created in part during a Creative Development Residency at the Pillow; New York Theatre Ballet in a family-friendly production of Cinderella; and tap superstar Michelle Dorrance, her company Dorrance Dance, and composer Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely in a return engagement of The Blues Project. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The BESSIES Celebrates a World of Dance in New YorkBWW Reviews: The BESSIES Celebrates a World of Dance in New York
by Jessica Abejar - Oct 23, 2014

The Bessies, formally known as the New York Dance and Performance Awards, celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Apollo Theater on Monday, October 20th. It was an exciting evening that commemorated the diverse world of dance and those who tirelessly contribute to a field that makes this city come alive. (more...)

2014 Bessie Award Winners Announced2014 Bessie Award Winners Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), NYC's premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announced tonight the complete list of 2013-14 season award recipients. The Bessies, produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, were held at the legendary Apollo Theater at 7:30 p.m., following red carpet interviews and photographs with the nominees in attendance. NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray gave opening remarks, and Lisa Kron, whose hit musical Fun Home will make its Broadway debut this year, hosted the evening. (more...)

Photo Flash: Keigwin + Company, Paul Taylor Dance and More Perform at 2014 Hudson Valley Dance FestivalPhoto Flash: Keigwin + Company, Paul Taylor Dance and More Perform at 2014 Hudson Valley Dance Festival
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

A sold-out audience, captivated by performances from five world-class dance companies, filled the Historic Catskill Point on October 11, 2014, for the second annual edition of Hudson Valley Dance Festival. Transforming the 19th century warehouse on the banks of theHudson River into a one-of-a-kind performance space, Hudson Valley Dance Festival (#hvdance) raised $121,125 for Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The evening featured memorable performances by Dorrance Dance, Gallim Dance, KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Pontus Lidberg Dance. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

The Joyce Theater Announces Spring/Summer 2015 SeasonThe Joyce Theater Announces Spring/Summer 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2014

The Joyce Theater (Linda Shelton, Executive Director), the nation's most prestigious theater devoted to modern dance, announced today the organization's programming for its 2015 Spring/Summer season, featuring a wide array of extraordinary companies, including return engagements of fan favorites and introductions to new companies making their Joyce debuts. (more...)

Lisa Kron to Host 30th Annual Bessie Awards; Presenters and Performances Also AnnouncedLisa Kron to Host 30th Annual Bessie Awards; Presenters and Performances Also Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

NEW YORK, September 30, 2014 - The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), NYC's premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announced today the host of the anniversary ceremony that is to be held at the legendary Apollo Theater. Broadway playwright, actress and 1993 Bessie awardee Lisa Kron will host the 30th Annual Bessie Awards. Produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, the awards will take place October 20, 7:30 p.m. Nominees will arrive starting 6:00 p.m. for Red Carpet press interviews and photo opportunities. (more...)

Gerald W. Lynch Theater to Present Two Fall 2014 Residencies for CUNY Dance InitiativeGerald W. Lynch Theater to Present Two Fall 2014 Residencies for CUNY Dance Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College presents two residencies as part of the CUNY Dance Initiative. The first residency with Ephrat Asherie Dance runs from September 18 - October 2, 2014. The second residency with Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies will run from October 27 - November 7, 2014. Each residency will offer a Master Class to John Jay College students and a free performance open to the public. (more...)

Paul Taylor Dance and Dorrance Dance Join 2014 Hudson Valley Dance Festival Lineup; Kicks Off 10/11Paul Taylor Dance and Dorrance Dance Join 2014 Hudson Valley Dance Festival Lineup; Kicks Off 10/11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2014

Hudson Valley Dance Festival, a stunning display of world-class dance, will return to the Historic Catskill Point in Catskill, NY, for its second edition on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The event is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

Martha Graham Dance Company Announces 'Shape&Design' SeasonMartha Graham Dance Company Announces 'Shape&Design' Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

The Martha Graham Dance Company's Shape&Design theme explores Graham's defining influence as an American modernist with programs that feature the sculptural and architectural aspects of choreography by Graham and others. The Company's two-week season at The Joyce Theater in New York City, February 10–22, 2015, will offer Graham classics, new commissions, and premieres by guest choreographers in three varied programs. The Company's expansive 2014-15 season also includes a twenty-city U.S. tour, and several projects related to Shape&Design, including partnerships with the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology and the international art gallery Hauser & Wirth. (more...)

REDCAT Announces Fall 2014 Season of Events, Featuring Gob Squad, Wooster Group and More!REDCAT Announces Fall 2014 Season of Events, Featuring Gob Squad, Wooster Group and More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

REDCAT, CalArts' Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex is renowned for its innovative visual, performing and multimedia arts programming. In the Fall of 2014 REDCAT begins its second decade presenting the most influential artists from around the world, as well as Los Angeles' own creative voices. (more...)

The Vancouver International Tap Festival to Kick Off Aug 28The Vancouver International Tap Festival to Kick Off Aug 28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

The curtain is raising on one of the world's finest dance festivals of its kind: The Vancouver International Tap Festival being held from August 28 to 31. (more...)

Daniel Ulbricht/BALLET 2014 to Present Dancers at JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL, 7/16-20Daniel Ulbricht/BALLET 2014 to Present Dancers at JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL, 7/16-20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Daniel Ulbricht/BALLET 2014 offers an exclusive opportunity for audiences to experience some of today's most remarkable ballet dancers in the intimate Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, July 16-20. New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Daniel Ulbricht directs and performs with a select ensemble of top stars including Tyler Angle, Craig Hall, Robert Fairchild, Russell Janzen, Emily Kikta, Rebecca Krohn, Tiler Peck, Georgina Pazcoguin, and Teresa Reichlen. The program is equally impressive, including Christopher Wheeldon's Liturgy, danced to Arvo Pärt's ”Fratres;” Two Hearts, a collaboration between Benjamin Millepied and composer Nico Muhly; Furiant, created by NYCB Soloist Justin Peck; Sunshine, a solo for Ulbricht by Larry Keigwin; the world premiere of Opus 19. Andante, a duet by critically acclaimed young choreographer Emery LeCrone; and the classic Fancy Free, the first ballet created by Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein in 1944, which subsequently inspired the full-length musical On the Town. Cast subject to change. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Presents Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 7/2-6Jacob's Pillow Presents Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 7/2-6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2014

Popular contemporary company Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival for the first time since 2010, bringing a sensational mixed-bill program. Directed by Glenn Edgerton, the 18-member company performs the dramatic Mediterranean-inspired Gnawa, choreographed by Nacho Duato, and Ji?í Kylián's vivid Falling Angels, a stark all-female work danced to “Drumming” by contemporary composer Steve Reich. The company's performance 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. Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo's latest work for the company, The Impossible, is a bold and theatrical work centered around themes of memory, mortality, and the human spirit. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Presents BLEU!, a Family Friendly Dance-Theatre Show from Italy,7/2-6Jacob's Pillow Presents BLEU!, a Family Friendly Dance-Theatre Show from Italy,7/2-6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

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. (more...)

John Heginbotham Receives $25,000 Jacob's Pillow Dance AwardJohn Heginbotham Receives $25,000 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

This year's Jacob's Pillow Dance Award, a coveted honor carrying a $25,000 cash prize, will be presented to choreographer John Heginbotham in recognition of his talent and outstanding contributions to the dance field. Heginbotham, an alumnus of The School at Jacob's Pillow, has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his contemporary works, eclectic and rich with “movement that exhibits sharpness, energy, formality and, yes, oddity” (Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times). His company, Dance Heginbotham, will perform the evening-length world premiere of Chalk and Soot in the Doris Duke Theatre July 30-August 3. In Chalk and Soot, Heginbotham joins forces with composer Colin Jacobsen to create a work featuring imaginative, theatrical choreography, 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. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Announces the Full 2014 Schedule, 6/14-8/24Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Announces the Full 2014 Schedule, 6/14-8/24
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

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." (more...)

New Victory to Kick Off VICTORY DANCE Initiative, 7/16New Victory to Kick Off VICTORY DANCE Initiative, 7/16
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

The New Victory Theater, New York's premier performing arts venue for kids and families, announces Victory Dance, a pilot initiative to provide FREE dance performances to New York City kids this summer. A three-week series serving New York City day camps and school programs from July 16 to August 1, 2014, Victory Dance will feature a cross-section of New York choreographers and companies in more than a dozen pieces specifically curated for young audiences. (more...)

Updates on Second Sunday, KIDS' NIGHT OUT: SPOLETO EDITION, Beer Garden and More for Spoleto Festival USA 2014Updates on Second Sunday, KIDS' NIGHT OUT: SPOLETO EDITION, Beer Garden and More for Spoleto Festival USA 2014
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

Spoleto Festival USA today announced a number of season updates, including a special savings opportunity for locals this Sunday, May 11; a first-time partnership with the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry for Kids' Night Out: Spoleto Edition on Friday, May 30; and details regarding the third annual Beer Garden at Middleton Place for the Wells Fargo Festival Finale on Sunday, June 8. (more...)

BWW Interview: 'Tap Talk' Provides Lively, Informative Survey of Tap Choreographers and CompaniesBWW Interview: 'Tap Talk' Provides Lively, Informative Survey of Tap Choreographers and Companies
by Ryan Casey - Jan 27, 2014

In its inaugural effort, The American Tap Dance Foundation's new lecture-demonstration series fulfills its promise to educate and to honor the dance form through discussions, anecdotes and videos. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Announces 2014 LineupJacob's Pillow Dance Festival Announces 2014 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2014

Following the record-breaking attendance of Festival 2013, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival announces the 2014 Festival 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." (more...)

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