Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2015 Announces Full Free Lineup

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2015 Announces Full Free Lineup

Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking attendance of Festival 2014, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival opens its 2015 season in June. Highlights of Festival 2015 include Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a special dance and radio stage production starring Ira Glass, host of This American Life; the return of Nederlands Dans Theater 2; the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Daniil Simkin's INTENSIO; Cuban contemporary ensemble Malpaso Dance Company, performing with GRAMMY Award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble; and the launch of Martha Graham Dance Company's 90th Anniversary, including a world premiere by eminent choreographer Mats Ek.

Jacob's Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest-running international dance festival. This season, dance companies from across the U.S. and around the globe travel to Becket, Massachusetts to take part in the 83rd annual Festival. Festival 2015 international companies include Ballet BC and La Otra Orilla from Canada, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 from the Netherlands, Malpaso Dance Company from Cuba, Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart from Germany, and Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang from France. American companies hail from Los Angeles (L.A. Dance Project and BODYTRAFFIC), San Francisco (Alonzo King LINES Ballet), Sarasota, FL (The Sarasota Ballet), and New York City (Martha Graham Dance Company, Liz Gerring Dance Company, Dorrance Dance, New York Theatre Ballet, and others).

Live music is prevalent throughout the season and will be featured in performances by Jessica Lang Dance, Dorrance Dance, Daniel Ulbricht & Stars of American Ballet, Daniil Simkin's INTENSIO, La Otra Orilla, and Malpaso Dance Company. In line with Jacob's Pillow's commitment to commissioning and presenting new work, Festival 2015 features many world premiere engagements including Daniil Simkin's INTENSIO and Martha Graham Dance Company in AXE by Mats Ek, plus premiere works by La Otra Orilla and Ricardo Graziano of The Sarasota Ballet. Many Festival 2015 artists have developed work during Creative Development Residencies at Jacob's Pillow, including Jessica Lang, Michelle Dorrance, Annie-B Parson, and Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz of MADBOOTS DANCE.

Throughout the Festival, more than 200 events including performances, talks, tours, exhibits, films, classes, and community events are entirely free and open to the public. Presenting both emerging and esteemed dance artists from across the U.S., Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival's Inside/Out performance series will return to the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage at the breathtaking Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space, every Wednesday through Saturday at 6:15pm, June 24-August 29. An essential part of the Pillow's mission and a beloved tradition, Inside/Out performances are free and open to the public, featuring family-friendly and diverse dance styles ranging from classical ballet and hip-hop to tap and circus arts.

Occurring twice a week during the Festival, PillowTalks are part of a free, curated series of entertaining and informative discussions with choreographers, writers, filmmakers, and cultural experts. Moderated by Pillow Scholars, PillowTalks provide an excellent opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes insight. This year's highlights feature talks with Judson Dance Theatre icon Lucinda Childs, the Balanchine Foundation's Nancy Reynolds, and Frederick Ashton biographer David Vaughan, among others.

Free and open to the public throughout the Festival, Blake's Barn will house the exclusive exhibit Blake's Barn's Best including landmark photography and art works by Annie Leibovitz, Jules Feiffer, Lois Greenfield, Al Hirschfeld, and others. Exhibited in the Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby and open one hour before performance time, Kyle Froman: Bodies/Buildings features work by New York City Ballet dancer turned professional photographer Kyle Froman which juxtaposes dance and architecture in surprising and original ways. The works of celebrated designer, illustrator, and artist Ivan Chermayeff will be featured in the Doris Duke Theatre Lobby one hour before performance time.

The artist faculty members of The School at Jacob's Pillow are equally international and diversely experienced. The 2015 Program Directors include esteemed ballet luminary Anna-Marie Holmes; Ailey School and Juilliard faculty member Milton Myers; Broadway veteran, choreographer, and director Chet Walker; and New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award-winning choreographer and artistic director Camille A. Brown, with scholar and artist E. Moncell Durden.

The Program Directors will be joined by dance artists, choreographers, and artistic directors from across the globe. The Ballet Program roster includes Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar; BalletX co-founder and co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan (who will create a new work on the dancers of the Ballet Program); and Hungarian National Ballet Director, ballet master, and dancer Tamás Solymosi. Contemporary Program Director Milton Myers brings a celebrated range of guest choreographers including 2013 MacArthur Fellow and Jacob's Pillow Dance Award-winner Kyle Abraham; 2013 Guggenheim Fellow Brian Brooks; and Emily Molnar. Myers will also lead a diversely talented faculty, including LeeSaar The Company Artistic Director Saar Harari; former Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Hamburg Ballet soloist Peter Brandenhoff; former choreographer for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Pamela Pribisco; 2007 Princess Grace Award recipient Meredith Webster; and Juilliard School faculty member Alphonse Poulin.

A major expansion of Blake's Barn, home of the Jacob's Pillow Archives, will be completed by June of 2015, adding more than 700 square feet to the Reading Room and effectively tripling space for both public access and climate-controlled storage. The expansion coincides with the 20th anniversary of public access to the Archives, which houses one of the most significant collections in the dance field, including books, letters, costumes, photographs, and films from as early as 1894 through the Pillow's most recent Festival. On average, 22,000 visitors attend talks and exhibitions in Blake's Barn each summer, and additional visits by scholars, artists, and the general public take place throughout the year. The new Reading Room features additional space for the extensive dance library and new visitor reading areas, additional HD video viewing stations, and a dedicated area for small groups to gather for communal video viewing. The lower floor of Blake's Barn will increase by 1,200 square feet to accommodate additional archival storage and documentation workspace. Jacob's Pillow will celebrate the re-opening of Blake's Barn with a ribbon cutting and other festivities on June 23.

Another resource that is expanding access to dance, the newly reimagined and redesigned Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive website launched in May of this year. An ever-growing collection of dance video clips filmed at Jacob's Pillow from the 1930s to today, Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive allows its users to freely browse the extensive content, explore video playlists curated by Director of Preservation Norton Owen, or challenge friends to the endlessly fresh "Guess Game" to test their dance knowledge. With enhanced search features and mobile optimization, this site serves as a valuable resource for scholars, students, artists, and dance enthusiasts across the globe.

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


83rd FESTIVAL FREE EXHIBITS - ON VIEW JUNE 20-AUGUST 30:

Blake's Barn's Best
Blake's Barn
Open daily, noon to 10pm Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5pm Sundays-Tuesdays.

Highlights of landmark photography and art exhibits by Annie Leibovitz, Jules Feiffer, Lois Greenfield, Al Hirschfeld, and more are shown together for the first time, heralding the coexistence of past and present in the Pillow's future. The new Reading Room features treasures from the Stephan Driscoll Collection, an ongoing gift to the Pillow.

Kyle Froman: Bodies/Buildings
Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby
Open 60 minutes prior to every performance.

Former New York City Ballet dancer Kyle Froman is now a photographer, capturing performers on Broadway and in leading dance companies worldwide. In this exclusive exhibition he juxtaposes dancers with architecture in highly original and surprising ways, revealing new facets in both bodies and structures.

Ivan Chermayeff Designs
Doris Duke Theatre Lobby
Open 60 minutes prior to every performance.

A celebrated designer, illustrator, and artist, Ivan Chermayeff has created familiarly iconic images for prominent clients such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian, and won numerous awards, and his designs for Jacob's Pillow in the 1980s and 90s are remembered for their bold vision and originality.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Archives
Blake's Barn
Open daily, noon to 10pm Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5pm Sundays-Tuesdays

This newly-expanded 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. Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive, available on the popular touch-screen kiosk in the Reading Room, 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

FESTIVAL 2015 SCHEDULE:

Artist dates and descriptions follow. Select Festival artist descriptions include links to supplemental video clips within Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive, featuring past Jacob's Pillow performances.

Member Event - Blake's Barn Re-Opening
Tuesday, June 23 at 5pm, Blake's Barn

Concurrent with the 20th anniversary of public access to the Jacob's Pillow Archives and Director of Preservation Norton Owen's 40th Anniversary with Jacob's Pillow, the newly-expanded Blake's Barn is celebrated with a ribbon cutting and a special performance by New York Theatre Ballet. Pillow Members only; press are invited.

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
June 13 at 8pm and 14 at 2pm, Ted Shawn Theatre

The venerable Ira Glass, host of public radio's This American Life, hosts this new stage production which will appear at Jacob's Pillow for two special pre-Festival performances. Glass is joined by dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass of contemporary dance ensemble Monica Bill Barnes & Company in a show that combines two art forms that -- as Glass puts it -- "have no business being together - dance and radio." The result is a funny, lively, completely unique evening of dance and storytelling.

Related video in Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive: Monica Bill Barnes in 2010 http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/monica-bill-barnes-company?ref=artist&refcar=/artist/a-b

PillowTalk with Monica Bill Barnes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H43I8cdLQfI

Season Opening Gala
June 20 at 5:30pm
Ted Shawn Theatre

The exclusive Gala performance will include American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Daniil Simkin, New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns and soloist Russell Janzen, the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company, and the dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow Ballet Program in a world premiere by BalletX co-founder and co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan. This signature fundraising event also includes the presentation of the 2015 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award to Liz Gerring, dinner by The Old Inn on the Green, a live auction, and dancing with DJ BFG. Tables and tickets are available via 413.243.9919x123 or online at jacobspillow.org.

Ballet BC
June 24-28, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
Ted Shawn Theatre

From Vancouver, Canada, Artistic Director Emily Molnar and the dynamic dancers of Ballet BC work with top contemporary choreographers from across the globe. They open the Festival with William Forsythe's intricate workwithinwork; Cayetano Soto's Twenty Eight Thousand Waves with music by David Lang and Bryce Dessner; and the U.S. premiere of Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's Consagración, an interpretation of The Rite of Spring with the iconic score by Igor Stravinsky. Tickets $39-$75.

New York Theatre Ballet in Cinderella
June 24-28, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:15pm
Doris Duke Theatre

New York Theatre Ballet opens the Doris Duke Theatre season with Donald Mahler's popular version of the classic story ballet, Cinderella. Cinderella is a treat for all ages, with skilled dancers, beloved Sergei Prokofiev music, and imaginative costumes and sets. $10 youth tickets are available for every family-friendly performance. Tickets $25-$35.

Related video in Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive: New York Theatre Ballet in 2007 http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/new-york-theatre-ballet?ref=artist&refcar=/artist/c-d

Free Inside/Out Performance: Kùlú Mèlé Dance & Drum Ensemble
Wednesday, June 24, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Infusing African dance with urban American flair, Philadelphia-based Kùlú Mèlé boasts a rich repertoire of authentic, folkloric dance from Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, and Cuba. Founded in 1969 by Baba Robert Crowder and led by Artistic Director Dorothy Wilkie, the company's high-energy performances get adults and children up on their feet and dancing in the aisles, distinguishing itself with beautiful costumes, a thrilling percussion battery, and dynamic choreography. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Summation Dance Company
Thursday, June 25, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Brooklyn-based and all-female, Summation Dance Company finds beauty in struggle and humor in the mundane. Led by NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduates Sumi Clements and Taryn Vander Hoop, the modern dance company is "full of energy and creativity" (Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times), performing highly physical work since its formation in 2010. Summation presents an excerpt from Shift (2013) which explores the notion of planes of existence, and Updating Route, Please Standby (2014), a reflection on the relationship between expectation and reality. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Every Little Movement
Friday, June 26, 5pm
Blake's Barn

A key influence on Pillow founder Ted Shawn was the 19th-century French movement theorist François Delsarte, and his principles are explored and discussed by California-based dance writer Sasha Anawalt in this presentation illustrated with film clips and live demonstrations. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Company Danzante Contemporary Dance
Friday, June 26, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

A contemporary repertory company based in Arlington, VA, Company Danzante is led by Arturo Garcia and Katherine Horrigan, an alumna of the School at Jacob's Pillow. The company presents Horrigan's Collected Remnants (2013) and Garcia's Here and Now, commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Blake's Barn's Best: Exhibitions
Saturday, June 27, 4pm
Blake's Barn

Complementing this year's retrospective exhibition in greater depth, videos and themes are re-explored by resident curator and Director of Preservation Norton Owen, sharing previously-untold stores, behind-the-scenes challenges, and triumphs from the past twenty years. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Ballet Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow
Saturday, June 27, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Dancers from the Ballet Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow present a work choreographed by BalletX founder Matthew Neenan, originally created on the dancers only four days prior to their performance at the Pillow's Season Opening Gala. The students will also perform classical variations coached by program director Anna-Marie Holmes. FREE

Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in The Blues Project
July 1-5, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
Ted Shawn Theatre

Following two sold-out engagements in 2013 and 2014, tap star and Jacob's Pillow Dance Award winner Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance return with The Blues Project. After its 2013 premiere in the Doris Duke Theatre, the production now moves to the larger Ted Shawn Theatre. The Blues Project cast includes co-choreographers and soloists Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and the production features music composed by renowned singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon, performed live by Reagon and her band BIGLovely. Tickets $39-$69; $10 Youth Tickets available for Saturday and Sunday matinees.

Related video in Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive: Dorrance Dance in 2013 http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/dorrance-dance?ref=artist&refcar=/artist/c-d

BODYTRAFFIC
July 1-5, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:15pm
Doris Duke Theatre

Based in Los Angeles, BODYTRAFFIC was founded in 2007 by dancers and co-directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett. Following its 2013 Pillow debut, the company returns to the Festival with a program featuring the dramatic, gripping work Dust by Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter; Once again, before you go by Victor Quijada of RUBBERBANDance Group; and The New 45, a jazzy duet by Richard Siegal. Tickets $35-$45,

Related video in Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive: BODYTRAFFIC in 2013 http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/bodytraffic?ref=artist&refcar=/artist/a-b

Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival
Ongoing

In celebration of African-American culture and the heritage in the Berkshires, Jacob's Pillow participates with performances of Dorrance Dance and Toshi Reagon's BIGLovely (July 1-5), the free performances of Kùlú Mèlé Dance & Drum Ensemble (June 24) and Williams College Department of Dance in the Inside/Out series (July 2), the free A Gateway to Freedom PillowTalk (July 10), and more.

Free Inside/Out Performance: Schoen Movement Company
Wednesday, July 1, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Resonating with dance and non-dance audiences alike, founder Emily Schoen approaches dance as a humanized, heartening, and highly technical form of physical art. The work of Schoen Movement Company is compellingly musical, set to rich scores that vary from classical and rhythmic, to modern-day and playful. The company brings two world premieres to the Inside/Out series, both set to original sound collaborations with New York-based musicians. FREE.

Free Inside/Out Performance: Williams College Dance Department
Thursday, July 2, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Members of Williams College dance companies Kusika and Sankofa perform diverse works along with the Zambezi Marimba Band. Alumni of the Williams College Dance Department have gone on to dance with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Sarah Skaggs, Ben Munisteri, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and David Neumann/advanced beginner group, among others.This performance is a part of the Berkshire County-wide Lift Ev'ry Voice festival. FREE

WEEKEND OUT at the Pillow
Friday, July 3 - Sunday, July 5

Jacob's Pillow celebrates its LGBTQ connections, history, and community in a weekend especially packed with free and ticketed performances, talks, tours, and events of particular interest. Highlights include the free Kyle Froman: Bodies/Buildings exhibit and related PillowTalk Kyle Froman: Dancer to Photographer (Saturday, 4pm), a July 4th late night Dance Party with DJ BFG, performances of Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon's BIGLovely in The Blues Project (Friday and Saturday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm), a film event showing Elizabeth Streb's Born to Fly (Sunday, 4:30pm), and a one-of-a-kind Ted Shawn and his Men Dancers tour led by Director of Preservation Norton Owen.

Free PillowTalk: Shall We Dance?
Friday, July 3, 5pm
Blake's Barn

Faculty from the current Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop Program in The School at Jacob's Pillow share their extensive knowledge of everything from authentic jazz to hip-hop, offering insight into dances of today. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: SoundMovement Dance Company
Friday, July 3, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Led by New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award winner and Dorrance Dance collaborator Nicholas Van Young, SoundMovement Dance Company is an ensemble of rhythmically trained dancers exploring movement and music as a combined medium. Through tap, body percussion, and other familiar forms, the company creates soundscapes and sound design through dance in excerpts of Environments.

Free PillowTalk: Kyle Froman: Dancer to Photographer
Friday, July 4, 4pm
Blake's Barn

Featured in an exclusive Pillow exhibit in the Ted Shawn Theatre lobby this season, Kyle Froman's photographs reveal his years of specialized access as a New York City Ballet dancer, now branching out to theatre, fashion, and publications. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow
Saturday, July 4, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Dancers from The School's new Cultural Traditions program, Social Dance: Jazz to Hip-Hop Program present a variety of dances, coached by program director and New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award winner Camille A. Brown, fellow program director, artist, and dance scholar E. Moncell Durden, and faculty member, award-winning choreographer, and Broadway performer Adesola Osakalumi. FREE

Sunday Film Event: Born to Fly
Sunday, July 5, 4:30pm
Blake's Barn

Tracing the journey of avant-garde and daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb, Born to Fly challenges the assumptions of art, age, and human possibility. Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times states that "it's all joy and motion in this dazzled and breathless documentary." Tickets $10, available at jacobspillow.org or via phone 413.243.0745.

Nederlands Dans Theater 2
July 8-12, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
Ted Shawn Theatre

Returning to Jacob's Pillow for the first time since 2007, NDT2 is the outstandingly talented second company of Nederlands Dans Theater. This powerful contemporary program includes Sara by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar of Israel, and Schubert, Some Other Time, and Shutters Shut by prolific Spanish-British choreographic duo Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Plus I New Then by Swedish dancemaker Johan Inger, bursting with youthful exuberance and danced to songs by Van Morrison. Tickets $39-$75.

Big Dance Theater in Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature
July 8-12, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:15pm
Doris Duke Theatre

In 2007, Big Dance Theater co-directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar were the inaugural recipients of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Award, given to visionary dancemakers. Their work consistently defies boundaries, marrying movement, theater, spoken word, music, and brilliant scenic design. In Big Dance Theater's latest work Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature the company samples creative content from iconic films and novels including Doctor Zhivago, the film Terms of Endearment, and the 1970 French thriller Le Cercle Rouge, creating new worlds of unexpected meaning through seemingly paradoxical connections. Tickets $25-$35.

Related video in Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive: Big Dance Theater in 2011 http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/big-dance-theater?ref=artist&refcar=/artist/a-b

Free Inside/Out Performance: Trainor Dance
Wednesday, July 8, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Known for physicality and intelligence, Trainor Dance addresses wide-ranging topics with curiosity, humor, and verve. The company focuses on interdisciplinary work through dance in visual art, poetry, music, and film. Performing excerpts from Faux Pas, Sand Painting, and Alphabet Soup, their program is a celebration of movement through rhythmic virtuosity and audience interaction. FREE.

Free Inside/Out Performance: The Union Project Dance Company
Thursday, July 9, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

The Union Project Dance Company is a Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company founded in 2009 by Artistic Director and choreographer Mariana Oliveira. Blending gestures, emotional drama, and athleticism, the company's program will include three of their latest works: Fearing the Unknown (2013), W.S. (2014), and Mirror in a Mirror (2015). FREE.

Free PillowTalk: Gateway to Freedom
Saturday, July 10, 5pm
Blake's Barn

A Lift Ev'ry Voice event celebrating the Pillow's notable past, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner discusses and signs his latest book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet
Friday, July 10, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Making their third appearance as part of the Inside/Out series, CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet is a New York City-based company comprised of classically trained dancers with contemporary artistic voices. CONTINUUM's program features the vibrant A Prismatic Abstraction, by founder Donna Salgado and performed to a score by Jazz musician Jon Batiste. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Another Telepathic Thing
Saturday, July 11, 4pm
Blake's Barn

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme has dipped his toe into the dance world to document Big Dance Theater's Another Telepathic Thing, and choreographer Annie-B Parson hosts this screening to discuss the results. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow
Saturday, July 11, 6:15pm

Dancers from The School's new Cultural Traditions program, Social Dance: Jazz to Hip-Hop Program present a variety of dances, coached by program director and New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award winner Camille A. Brown, fellow program director, artist, and dance scholar E. Moncell Durden, and faculty member, Camille A. Brown and Dancers rehearsal director and Ott/The Walk Artistic Director Francine E. Ott. FREE

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
July 15-19, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
Ted Shawn Theatre

Artistic Director Alonzo King is a ballet visionary and his San Francisco- based company astonishes with classical elegance and bold new ideas. The Pillow program features King's Concerto for Two Violins, Men's Quintet, and the East Coast premiere of a collaboration with famed natural soundscape artist Dr. Bernie Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra, and composer Richard Blackford. Tickets $39-$75.

Related video in Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive: Alonzo King LINES Ballet in 2008 http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/alonzo-kings-lines-ballet?ref=artist&refcar=/artist/k-l

Company Wang Ramirez in Monchichi
July 15-19, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:15pm
Doris Duke Theatre

Sébastien Ramirez is a French dancer of Spanish origin who started out as a virtuosic b-boy. Honji Wang is a German dancer of Korean descent, with a rich background in ballet, contemporary, and urban dance styles. This outstanding dance duo, now based in France, questions interculturality within a couple in Monchichi, a touching, theatrical show that combines hip-hop, contemporary dance, and unique set design. Tickets $25-$35; $10 Youth Tickets available Friday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees.

Free Inside/Out Performance: New Generation Dance Company
Wednesday, July 15, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Founded in 2003, New Generation Dance Company exhibits a unique fusion of Argentine tango and contemporary dance technique. Performing Bach-Piazzolla, performers explore the concept of "contrapunto" (counterpoint) and the facets of physical, mental, and spiritual expression. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Darrah Carr Dance
Thursday, July 16, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Specializing in a blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance, New York-based Darrah Carr Dance creates high-energy, rhythmically based works. The "immensely likable and skillful dancers" (The New York Times) have performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and MASS MoCA, as well as NBC's "Today" show, among others. The company's program will include traditional Irish step works as well as a solo performed by Trent Kowalick, who played the role of "Billy" in Broadway's Billy Elliot.

Free PillowTalk: Al Hirschfeld's Dance Lines
Friday, July 17, 5pm
Blake's Barn

A new book and current exhibition at the New York Historical Society celebrates the artistry of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, and curator/author David Leopold shows and discusses Hirschfeld's most notable dance images. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Pantos Project
Friday, July 17, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Boston-based contemporary dance company Pantos Project is committed to creating and performing the athletic, honest, and innovative work of Artistic Director Kat Pantos. Following a passionate vision to entertain and inspire, the company's program includes electrifying movement to a diverse score including Perspective, the pulsating She Said, She Said, and the duet Off the Down.

Free PillowTalk: Where Women Don't Dance
Saturday, July 18, 4pm

Born in Berlin to Turkish parents, choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin defies cultural expectations in her career choice, and filmmaker Nel Shelby explores the conflicts in this half-hour documentary, mirroring the intercultural differences seen in Monchichi. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow
Saturday, July 18, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Dancers from the Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow present contemporary variations coached by program director Milton Myers and esteemed faculty member and 2013 Guggenheim Fellow Brian Brooks. FREE

Daniil Simkin's INTENSIO
July 22-26, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
Ted Shawn Theatre

In this much-anticipated world premiere and Jacob's Pillow co-commission, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Daniil Simkin is joined by fellow dancers of ABT Isabella Boylston, Alexandre Hammoudi, Blaine Hoven, Hee Seo, Calvin Royal III, and James Whiteside, plus special guest Céline Cassone of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. In INTENSIO, they perform four innovative world premieres by international choreographers: Nederlands Dans Theater 2 associate choreographer Alexander Ekman of Sweden, American dancemaker Gregory Dolbashian, resident Boston Ballet choreographer Jorma Elo of Finland, and Colombo-Belgian artist Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, currently based in Amsterdam. INTENSIO is a JOYCE PRODUCTIONS project. Tickets $39-$75.

Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart
July 22-26, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:15pm
Doris Duke Theatre

From Stuttgart, Germany in its first full engagement in the U.S., Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart presents an energetic program of original and entertaining dances. The program includes the bravura male trio PACOPEPEPLUTO by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, Alexander Ekman's clever duet Two Become Three, the humorously instructive solo Ballet 101 by Artistic Director Eric Gauthier, and other dances. Tickets $25-$35.

Free Inside/Out Performance: Jacob Jonas The Company
Wednesday, July 22, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Los Angeles-based Jacob Jonas The Company (JJTC) is committed to building a community of likeminded artists who, through their work, reveal the importance and relevance of dance in contemporary society. In A Room On Broad St. utilizes breakdancing, contemporary ballet, and acrobatic techniques to provide commentary on society's competitive nature. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Manuel Vignoulle - M/motions
Thursday, July 23, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Based in New York City and led by French choreographer Manuel Vignoulle, M/motions utilizes highly technical movement, fusing classical styles with contemporary gesture. This program features three diversely styled duets which explore the perception of "the other" as a multifaceted unknown. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Dancing Online
Friday, July 24, 5pm
Blake's Barn

Choreographer Lucinda Childs has a new website celebrating her iconic early works, while Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive has been completely redesigned, and Childs participates in this demonstration of both projects. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Nimble Arts presents an excerpt from RUCKUS
Friday, July 24, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Founded by identical twin aerialists Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, Nimble Arts is a traveling circus arts company presenting a cast of performers whose resumes include Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, and the Big Apple Circus. The family-friendly RUCKUS features breathtaking, high flying acrobatics inspired by dance, poetry, and vaudeville in a stunning display of circus arts. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Mia, A Dancer's Journey
Saturday, July 25, 4pm
Blake's Barn

Maria Ramas introduces her documentary on celebrated Ballet Russes ballerina Mia Slavenska, fulfilling a promise to tell her mother's story. Co-directed by Kate Johnson, this moving film features rare Pillow footage. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow
Saturday, July 25, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Dancers from the Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow present contemporary variations coached by program director Milton Myers and 2012 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award winner and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham. FREE

Daniel Ulbricht & Stars of American Ballet
July 29-August 2, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
Ted Shawn Theatre

Following last season's BALLET 2014 engagement, Jacob's Pillow audiences were clamoring for the return of New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht and fellow dancers. He's back-with an all-new program, live music, and a brilliant cast of principals, soloists, and corps members from New York City Ballet and Boston Ballet. The program includes work In the Night by legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins,Distractions and Sea Change by New York City Ballet's Justin Peck, Les Lutins by Johan Kobborg, and Christopher Wheeldon's acclaimed After the Rain. Tickets $45-$75.

Related video in Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive: Daniel Ulbricht in 2014 http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/daniel-ulbricht-ballet-2014?ref=era&refcar=/era/2010--%40

Jessica Lang Dance in The Wanderer
July 29 - August 9, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:15pm
Doris Duke Theatre

Prolific choreographer and recent New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award winner Jessica Lang returns for a two-week run of a new evening-length ballet. The sweeping, romantic contemporary story ballet The Wanderer was created in part during a Creative Development Residency at the Pillow. The ballet is set to Franz Schubert's famous song cycle Die schöne Müllerin, which will be performed live at the Festival. With a striking, interactive set designed by Mimi Lien, costumes by fashion designer and former Mark Morris Dance Group company member Bradon McDonald, and lighting by Nicole Pearce, The Wandereris a feast for the senses. Tickets $35-$45.

Related video in Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive: Jessica Lang in 2012 http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/jessica-lang-dance?ref=artist&refcar=/artist/i-j

Free Inside/Out Performance: Visceral Dance Chicago
Wednesday, July 29, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" of 2015, Visceral Dance Chicago is a contemporary dance company dedicated to a bold and progressive world of movement.

"Expertly devised and stylish" (The Chicago Tribune), the company's Inside/Out performance includes work from their diverse repertory including Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin's Duet Mabul, Changes by Spanish choreographer Mónica Cervantes, and Artistic Director Nick Pupillo's Impetere. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Mettin Movement
Thursday, July 30, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Sarah Mettin, Mettin Movement is a contemporary dance company based in New York City and fiscally sponsored by New York Live Arts. Consisting of twelve culturally diverse dancers, the company blurs the boundaries of classical and modern technique. Mettin Movement will perform a range of works, including their first work as a company, In Dividing, to their most recent piece, Allegory : Aeon. FREE .

Free PillowTalk: Preserving Balanchine on Video
Friday, July 31, 5pm

Nancy Reynolds conceived a wide-reaching program to preserve the choreography of George Balanchine on video with coaching sessions by original cast members. During this PillowTalk, Reynolds shares excerpts from these unique films. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Post:Ballet
Friday, July 31, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Hailed as "among the finest on the West Coast" (San Francisco Chronicle), San Francisco's Post:Ballet is led by Artistic Director Robert Dekkers, one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2011. Founded in 2009 and comprised of classically trained dancers, the company explores traditional ballet themes with a widely conceptual edge. The program is danced to a score of works by ever-popular composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich, as well as original compositions by rising composer Jonathan Pfeffer. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Irina Baronova & The Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo
Saturday, August 1, 4pm
Blake's Barn

Tracing her mother's roots from Imperial Russia to the ballet, Broadway, and Hollywood, with a notable summer at Jacob's Pillow, actress/author Victoria Tennant discusses and signs her lavish new book. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow
Saturday, August 1, 6:15
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Dancers from the Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow present contemporary variations coached by program director Milton Myers and faculty member and Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar. FREE

Sunday Film Event: BALLET 422
Sunday, August 2, 4:30pm

Award-winning filmmaker Jody Lee Lipes offers a backstage view of New York City Ballet, profiling young, up-and-coming choreographer Justin Peck in the creation of Paz de La Jolla. A Variety critic found it "exhilarating" while The New York Times called it "short, vigorous, and charming." Tickets $10, available at jacobspillow.org or via phone 413.243.0745.

Malpaso Dance Company with Arturo O'Farrill and Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
August 5-9, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
Ted Shawn Theatre

From Havana, Cuba, contemporary dance ensemble Malpaso Dance Company delivers power, passion, and spotless technique in two new works. Despedida, choreographed by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, is a new work for ten dancers with an original score composed by pianist/composer Arturo O'Farrill and performed live by GRAMMY Award winners O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble is the resident ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, founded by O'Farrill to preserve and promote Afro Latin Jazz through performance, education, recordings and cultural diplomacy.Despedida takes inspiration from the eponymous poem by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. The second work on the program, co-commissioned by Jacob's Pillow and The Joyce Theater, will be created by ever-popular contemporary ballet choreographer Trey McIntyre, whose dance ensemble Trey McIntyre Project gave its final performances at the Pillow last season. Tickets $39-$75.

Free Inside/Out Performance: Dark Circles Contemporary Dance
Wednesday, August 5, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea and with an American branch based in North Texas, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (DCCD) explores the depth of human connection within a multicultural framework. Led by Dance Magazine's 2015 "25 to Watch" choreographer Joshua L. Peugh, DCCD features innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles with a dynamic company of performers. The program will include the quirky duet Critics of the Morning Song, the theatrical ensemble work Slump, as well as the beautifully meditative White Day. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Brian Sanders' JUNK
Thursday, August 6, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon performance Space

Based in Philadelphia, Brian Sanders' JUNK is known for its ingenious use of found objects and clever inventions that bridge the gap between dance and physical theater. The troupe's performances are an exhilarating feast of exciting physicality and creativity, comedy served with beauty and intellect. The company presents a preview of new work American Standard, set to traditional bluegrass music. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Blake's Barn's Best: PillowTalks
Friday, August 7, 5pm
Blake's Barn

Nearly two decades of fascinating discussions will be screened and celebrated by resident scholars, featuring video clips of Twyla Tharp, Peter Yarrow, Jacques d'Amboise, Rachel Maddow, and many others. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Friday, August 7, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Celebrating their 40th anniversary season, Chicago's Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater brings a fusion of folkloric, classical, Flamenco, and contemporary dance imbued the music traditions of Spain. Founded by Dame Libby Komaiko and led by Artistic Director Irma Suarez Ruiz, the company represents a mosaic of cultures, comprised of forty dancers, singers, and musicians from around the world. With live musical accompaniment, the company will present Sur, a classical ballet and contemporary flamenco work, as well as the world premiere of Nuestro Camino, a Flamenco Alegrias duet from southern Spain's Andalucia. Ensemble Español is in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. FREE

Free PillowTalk: It's Happening in Havana
Saturday, August 8, 4pm
Blake's Barn

The new Cuban ensemble Malpaso Dance Company represents a collaborative experiment in contemporary dancemaking. Co-founder Fernando Sáez talks about the challenges and the triumphs of this exciting troupe's first three years. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Musical Theatre Dance of The School at Jacob's Pillow
Saturday, August 8, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

The international students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob's Pillow perform repertory works to live music coached by program director, Tony Award winner, and Broadway veteran Chet Walker in preparation for the annual benefit for The School at Jacob's Pillow, A Jazz Happening. FREE

The Sarasota Ballet
August 12-16, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
Ted Shawn Theatre

The Sarasota Ballet, directed by Iain Webb, is acclaimed for their vitality, versatility, and elegance. This top ballet company performs Sir Frederick Ashton's iconic, artful trios Monotones I and Monotones II, Christopher Wheeldon's fluid, joyous The American set to the Dvo?ák quartet of the same name, and a world premiere by Brazilian resident choreographer and company member Ricardo Graziano. Tickets $45-$75; $10 Youth Tickets available for all matinees.

La Otra Orilla
August 12-16, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:15pm
Doris Duke Theatre

From Montréal, Canada, La Otra Orilla embodies a deep mastery of traditional flamenco dance and the music of Andalusia, married with a contemporary twist. The elegant, powerful dancer Myriam Allard, soul-stirring vocalist Hedi Graja, and a cast of multi-talented vocalists, guitarist Caroline Planté , and percussionist Miguel Medina present the world premiere of Moi&lesAutres full of flamenco and contemporary dance, multimedia and video effects, and fantastic live music. Tickets $25-$35.

Related video in Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive: La Otra Orilla in 2013 http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/la-otra-orilla?ref=artist&refcar=/artist/a-b

Free Inside/Out Performance: Koltun Ballet Academy
Wednesday, August 12, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Founded in 2012 and dedicated to providing classical technique training and an inspirational environment for aspiring young dancers, Koltun Ballet Academy (KBA) is led by internationally acclaimed dancer and instructor Alexandra Koltun previously of Boston Ballet and the Kirov Ballet among others, along with co-founder and esteemed performer and teacher Alex Lapshin formerly of Bolshoi Ballet and Boston Ballet. For their Inside/Out performance, KBA students ages 14-19 present excerpts of the classic ballet fairytale Sleeping Beauty. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Phenix by SOLE Defined
Thursday, August 13, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Founded in 2011, SOLE Defined is a percussive dance company based in Washington, DC and led by Cirque du Soleil's Ryan K. Johnson and award winning choreographer Quynn Johnson. Tap dance meets body percussion in SOLE Defined's dynamic rhythmic performance of Phenix. A fusion of music and movement, the show features traditional sand dance, tap, and body percussion with influences from jazz and African rhythms. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Frederick Ashton Today
Friday, August 14, 5pm
Blake's Barn

The Sarasota Ballet has made a specialty of presenting little-known works by Sir Frederick Ashton, and biographer David Vaughan discusses Ashton's legacy and its unlikely new Florida home. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement
Friday, August 14, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Led by Artistic Director Laurie M. Taylor, Soul Movement's work combines vernacular movement aesthetics and contemporary technical forms with an emphasis on groove. The company will present Le Session de Mouvement Petite (LSMP), which features vignettes of unique movement stories, simulating a sense of fantasy and fierce optimism. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Capturing Grace
Saturday, August 15, 4pm
Blake's Barn

David Leventhal and John Heginbotham-both former Mark Morris dancers and Pillow Alumni-work with Parkinson's patients in this inspiring film, demonstrating art's power to transform and to heal. FREE

Alumni Reception
Saturday, August 15, 5pm
Blake's Barn

Alumni of The School at Jacob's Pillow and Intern Program are invited to a reception, where they can meet and mingle with fellow students, staff, interns, and board members from decades past. The School at Jacob's Pillow encompasses professional training programs in Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, and Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance, as well as the Intern Program which offers hands-on arts administration experience during the summer Festival and year-round. RSVP to info@jacobspillow.org.

Free Inside/Out Performance: Musical Theatre Dance of The School at Jacob's Pillow
Saturday, August 15, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

The international students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob's Pillow perform repertory works to live music coached by program director, Tony Award winner, and Broadway veteran Chet Walker in preparation for the annual benefit for The School at Jacob's Pillow, A Jazz Happening. FREE

L.A. Dance Project
August 19-22, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm
Ted Shawn Theatre

Benjamin Millepied, former New York City Ballet principal dancer, choreographer for the film Black Swan, and new director of the Paris Opera Ballet, founded L.A. Dance Project in 2012. In their Pillow debut, these impressively daring, classically trained dancers perform Murder Ballades by New York City Ballet's Justin Peck, Millepied's new ballet Hearts and Arrows, and the U.S. premiere of Israeli choreographer Roy Assaf's II Acts for the Blind. Tickets $39-$69.

Liz Gerring Dance Company in glacier
August 19-23, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:15pm
Doris Duke Theatre

2015 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award winner Liz Gerring's evening-length contemporary dance is rich with beautiful and intriguing contradictions of elegance, athleticism, serenity, and passion. Alastair Macaulay, chief dance critic of The New York Times, describes glacier as "wit without quirkiness, passion without emotionalism: its moods change like the weather, and its ebbs and flows carry aspects of poetry and excitement." The 65-minute work features production design by Robert Wierzel and is danced to an original score by Liz Gerring Dance Company resident composer Michael J. Schumacher, whose piece "Glacier" originated during a summer stay near Colorado's Glacier Lake. Tickets $25-$35.

Related video in Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive: Liz Gerring Dance Company in 2012 http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/liz-gerring-dance-company?ref=artist&refcar=/artist/g-h

Free Inside/Out Performance: Still Motion Dance Company
Wednesday, August 19, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Under the artistic direction of So You Think You Can Dance's Emmy-nominated choreographer Stacey Tookey, Still Motion Dance Company is a Los Angeles-based dance company comprised of unique, multi-disciplinary artists performing emotional and vibrant work. Combining tap, theatre, and contemporary dance, this performance includes excerpts from their sold out world premiere of Moments Defined. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Illstyle & Peace Productions
Thursday, August 20, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

lllstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural Philadelphia-based dance company founded in 2002 by Brandon "Peace" Albright. The company creates work rooted in contemporary, West African, and old-school hip-hop styles, blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing, and beatboxing. The company is committed to delivering positive messages to all audiences, particularly youth. FREE

Free Fun Friday
Friday, August 21, starting at 2:30pm

The Pillow hosts Free Fun Friday, supported by the Highland Street Foundation, with free daytime activities including an all-levels hip-hop class from 2:30-3:30pm, an all-levels swing class from 4-5pm, Kids Corners, a guided tour of the historic grounds, and a family-friendly performance of swing dance company The Hell's Kitchen Kilowatts on the Inside/Out stage with stunning views of the Berkshire Hills. For more information about Free Fun Fridays please visit highlandstreet.org/freefunfridays.

Free PillowTalk: Benjamin Millepied: Dancing is Living
Friday, August 21, 5pm
Blake's Barn

This French documentary shows L.A. Dance Project's charismatic director at work in the studio, hanging out with Lil Buck, and discussing his future plans in both Los Angeles and Paris. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: The Hell's Kitchen Kilowatts
Friday, August 21, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

The Hell's Kitchen Kilowatts is a New York City-based dance company led by Tony Fraser and Jaime Shannon. The company regularly performs high energy swing-era jazz dances such as Shag, Lindy Hop, and Charleston with dynamic choreography that bridges the gap between these authentic styles, and contemporary dance styles of today. This performance is part of the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays series. For more information about Free Fun Fridays please visit highlandstreet.org/freefunfridays. FREE.

Free PillowTalk: Award-Winning Liz Gerring
Saturday, August 22, 4pm
Blake's Barn

Recipient of the 2015 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award, choreographer Liz Gerring talks about her approach to non-narrative movement and the emphasis on cause and effect rather than storytelling in her distinctive work. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance of The School at Jacob's Pillow
Saturday, August 22, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

The international students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob's Pillow perform repertory works to live music coached by program director, Tony Award winner, and Broadway veteran Chet Walker in preparation for the annual benefit for The School at Jacob's Pillow, A Jazz Happening. FREE

Martha Graham Dance Company
August 26-30, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm
Ted Shawn Theatre

The legendary modern dance company launches its 90th Anniversary, celebrating a pioneering past and trail-blazing future. This spectacular program includes Martha Graham's dramatic classic work Embattled Garden, Echo by Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, Depak Ine by Nacho Duato, and the momentous world premiere of AXE, by the eminent choreographer Mats Ek. Tickets $45-$75.

Related video in Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive: Martha Graham Dance Company in 2013 http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/martha-graham-dance-company/rust/

MADBOOTS DANCE
August 26-30, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:15pm
Doris Duke Theatre

MADBOOTS DANCE was founded in 2011 by co-directors, choreographers, and recent graduates Austin Diaz (NYU Tisch School of the Arts) and Jonathan Campbell (The Juilliard School). This young company of male dancers has fresh ideas about modern masculinity and creates original works that are athletic, powerful, and tender. The New York Times takes note of their "sharp, elegant movements, dark theatricality and unashamed intimacy." Their program features two world premieres including BEAU., a duet of vibrant ecstasy and self-sabotage, and (SADBOYS) an ensemble work that explores rage, projected emotion, otherness, love, and loss, both created during Creative Development Residencies at Jacob's Pillow. Tickets $25-$45.

Free Inside/Out Performance: The History of Her, Kristen Foote Dance Project
Wednesday, August 26, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Founded by the widely-acclaimed dance artist Kristen Foote (Limón Dance Company, Dance Heginbotham, and Mark Morris Dance Group, among others), Kristen Foote Dance Project explores choreography as it relates to the female role in modern contemporary dance. The company will present The History of Her, a celebration of the power, heroism, tenderness, and sensuality of being a woman. The program includes selected works of Isadora Duncan, José Limón, and Lar Lubovitch, as well as a world premiere commission by 2014 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipient John Heginbotham. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Nimbus Dance Works
Thursday, August 27, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Celebrating its 10th anniversary season, Nimbus Dance Works creates an intersection between high-level modern dance and innovative ways of involving communities and audiences. Guided by Artistic Director Samuel Pott (former soloist of Martha Graham Dance Company), Nimbus presents works by leading international dancemakers and is comprised of top-tier dancers from widely-recognized companies including Ballet Hispanico, Ailey II, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Nimbus performs Pott's most recent work Patch of Turf with music by Dawn of Midi's Qasim Naqvi, Cuban-born choreographer Pedro Ruiz's crowd-pleasing Danzon, and Pearl Primus' seminal female solo Strange Fruit. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Dance as Museum Piece?
Friday, August 28, 5pm
Blake's Barn

While Adam H. Weinert has been performing Ted Shawn's work at MoMA and the Tate, Martha Graham Dance Company director Janet Eilber resists her troupe's becoming a museum. Their experiences are discussed and compared during this PillowTalk. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company
Friday, August 28, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Through the program that inspired popular films Mad Hot Ballroom, Take the Lead and Dancing in Jaffa, each child in the Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company began their ballroom journey through Dancing Classrooms residencies in their respective NYC elementary schools. Under the artistic direction of Alee Reed, the company will perform a variety of social dance styles from Latin to ballroom to swing, as well as a 15-minute interactive dance class so the audience can join in the fun. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Rediscovering Film Treasurses
Saturday, August 29, 4pm
Blake's Barn

A rare film recently discovered in an Australian archive features a lost 1920s Ted Shawn dance with Martha Graham, premiering at the Pillow with commentary from Shawn biographer Paul Scolieri. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Steps Repertory Ensemble
Saturday, August 29, 6:15pm
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Under the artistic direction of The Ailey School faculty member and Metropolitan Opera Ballet soloist, Bradley Shelver, the Steps Repertory Ensemble is the resident contemporary dance company of the Steps Beyond Foundation and based out of the esteemed dance studio Steps on Broadway in New York City. The Ensemble commissions established and emerging choreographers and comprises dancers that hail from all over the globe. The Ensemble's program presents a virtuosic and energetic evening, filled with a varied movement vocabulary driven by both classical and contemporary music. FREE

FESTIVAL FINALE
Saturday, August 29, 8pm

Celebrate the close of Festival 2015 with the summer's best dance party. Festival Finale tickets include a performance by either Martha Graham Dance Company or MADBOOTS DANCE, plus access to the amazing after-party with drinks, desserts, dancing, and DJ BFG spinning live. Tickets $50-150, available at jacobspillow.org or via phone 413.243.0745

Sunday Film Event: Never Stand Still
Sunday, August 30, 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 on the big screen during Festival 2015. Tickets $10, available at jacobspillow.org and via phone 413.243.0745.


Jacob's Pillow is an active year-round institution. Through Jacob's Pillow Curriculum in Motion®, a nationally-recognized program, Artist Educators work with Berkshire County teachers and students grades K-12 to transform curricula such as biology, literature, and history into kinesthetic and creative learning experiences. 2014-2015 Curriculum in Motion residencies will take place at Conte Community School, Becket Washington Elementary, and Monument Mountain Regional High School. Creative Development Residencies take place at the Pillow throughout the year. Dance artists are invited to live and work at Jacob's Pillow for one to three-week residencies when they are given housing and unlimited access to rehearsal space, the Archives, and staff support. In October of 2014, choreographer Jessica Lang and her company utilized a two-week residency to create her new ballet The Wanderer. In 2015, Gallim Dance, Joanna Kotze, MADboots Dance, and Bryan Arias will create new work at the Pillow during Creative Development Residencies.

The Pillow's online collection of videos, social networks, and digital dance resources remains active every day of the year. Redesigned this year, Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive (http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/) is an ever-growing collection of video content from the 1930s to today with new content added each month. Thousands of additional films and videos along with other rare resources are available onsite throughout the year in the Jacob's Pillow Archives, and researchers visit from throughout the world. The Jacob's Pillow Intern Program is also active year-round, offering hands-on work experience to college students and recent graduates seeking a deeper education within arts administration and production. At the same time, The School at Jacob's Pillow hosts international auditions and workshops (most recently in Serbia) and plans its national audition tour throughout the year, which will kick off again in January of 2016.

Jacob's Pillow, celebrating its 83rd Festival in 2015, is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest-running international dance festival. Each Festival includes more than 50 national and international dance companies and 350 free and ticketed performances, talks, tours, classes, exhibits, and events. The School at Jacob's Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S., encompasses the diverse disciplines of Ballet, Cultural Traditions, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre Dance, as well as an Intern Program in various disciplines of arts administration, design, video, and production. The Pillow's extensive Archives, open year-round to the public, chronicle more than a century of dance in photographs, programs, books, costumes, audiotapes, and videos. Year-round Community Programs enrich the lives of children and adults through public classes, residencies in area schools, and an extensive schedule of free public events. Through Jacob's Pillow Curriculum in Motion®, a nationally-recognized program, Artist Educators work with Berkshire County teachers and students grades K-12, transforming curricula such as biology, literature, and history into kinesthetic and creative learning experiences. Creative Development Residencies, in which dance companies are invited to live and work at the Pillow and enjoy unlimited studio time; choreography commissions; and the annual $25,000 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award all support visionary dance artists and choreographers. Virtual Pillow is aimed at expanding global audiences for dance and offers the opportunity to experience dance and Jacob's Pillow from anywhere in the world via online interactive exhibits, global video networks, and social media. As part of the Virtual Pillow initiative, Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive is a curated online video collection of dance highlights from 1936 to today. On March 2, 2011, President Obama honored Jacob's Pillow with a National Medal of Arts, the highest arts award given by the United States Government, making the Pillow the first dance presenting organization to receive this prestigious award. For more information, visit www.jacobspillow.org.

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