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From the Horse's Mouth at Jacob's Pillow and Two Alike at the ICA

A lot has changed for American men dancers since Jacob's Pillow founder Ted Shawn felt he had to replace the sissified image of the ballet danseur with brawny "tillers of the fields."
Dancing the Y Chromosome
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 20, 2012
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Vertigo at Jacob’s Pillow

In 2005, graffiti artist Banksy stenciled the Palestinian side of the concrete separation barrier between Israel and Gaza with the dark silhouette of a little girl lofted upward by a bouquet of balloons.
Lofty
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 13, 2012
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Review: Never Stand Still

A multitude of A-list choreographers speak their piece to the camera — Merce Cunningham, Judith Jamison, Mark Morris — as they gather for the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass.
A-list choreographers
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 29, 2012
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Jonah Bokaer takes chances

Bokaer didn't provide any grandiose program notes or play up the profound implications in his dances, but by the end of the performance we'd seen small transformations and beautiful visions, and even confronted big questions about control and randomness,
Charting chaos
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 12, 2011
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Kidd Pivot's Dark Matters at Jacob's Pillow

The two-act drama, performed last week at Jacob's Pillow, blends the conventions of Japanese puppetry and Kabuki, movie animation, shadowplay, and contemporary dance into a spectacle of porous identities.
Puppets and masters
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 15, 2011
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Jane Comfort and Sharon Eyal at Jacob's Pillow

The dramaturgy behind Jane Comfort's gimlet-eyed pageant in Beauty, on delicious display at Jacob's Pillow Doris Duke Theatre this past week, is spot-on.  
Feminist one-two punch
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 08, 2011


Jacob's Pillow just put 70-plus years of modern dance videos online

Jacob's Pillow just put 70-plus years of modern dance videos online


Hey check this out: it's TED SHAWN, the creator of the JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL, performing "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," from his Four...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 28, 2011
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The Best Boston Dance Stories of 2010

Some of the past year's most interesting dance events recaptured iconic moments in our history, either as usable texts for today's dancers or as a springboard into reinterpretation, parody, and nostalgia.
Tradition, innovation, and (loving) parody animated the year's dance
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 24, 2010
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Review: The Trocks at Jacob's Pillow

Seeing Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo a week ago Wednesday in Jacob's Pillow's rustic Ted Shawn Theatre, surrounded by nattering mosquitoes, katydids, and picnickers, was probably no more incongruous than the mission of the company itself.
Also Kyle Abraham
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 20, 2010
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Hot summer moves

The 2010 Bates Dance Festival's first main stage performance, a concert by Monica Bill Barnes and Company, was hot — playfully theatrical, intensely human, ardently physical.
Bates Fest opens with Monica Bill Barnes
By JUNE VAIL  |  July 16, 2010
Ballet Hispanico at Jacob’s Pillow

Ballet Hispanico at Jacob’s Pillow


Jacob’s Pillow says goodbye to its 2009 season with Manhattan’s Ballet Hispanico, even as Ballet Hispanico says goodbye to its founder and artistic director of...
By Shaula Clark  |  August 18, 2009


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal at Jacob’s Pillow

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal at Jacob’s Pillow


 Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal may hail from the frozen north, but their Jacob’s Pillow program is a shot of sunny Italy: Mauro Bigonzetti’s...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 22, 2009
Merce Cunningham 90th Birthday Celebration

Merce Cunningham 90th Birthday Celebration


Even if modern dance isn’t your thing, you probably know that’s Merce Cunningham. He’s celebrating his 90th birthday this year (which means he’s even older...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 15, 2009
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet premieres Orbo Novo at Jacob's Pillow

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet premieres Orbo Novo at Jacob's Pillow


  It’s a big weekend at Jacob’s Pillow: NYC-based Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is bringing a world premiere by hot Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui,...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 01, 2009
Radio and Juliet

Radio and Juliet


What do you get when you cross Thom Yorke with William Shakespeare? Why, Radio and Juliet! You read that right — it’s a ballet by...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 24, 2009
Jacob's Pillow Season Opening Gala 2009

Jacob's Pillow Season Opening Gala 2009


The highlights of the Jacob's Pillow Season Opening Gala include a world premiere by former Boston Ballet principal Viktor Plotnikov performed by the School at...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 17, 2009


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Dainty cabaret

Larry Keigwin’s genial take on the perennially popular theme of the four elements (water, fire, earth, air) didn’t add anything profound to the cosmic intelligence.
Keigwin + Company bring the elements to Jacob’s Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 02, 2008
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Legs plus

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s program at Jacob’s Pillow last week sampled four choreographers while showing off the dynamic 11-member company.
Aspen Santa Fe at Jacob’s Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 02, 2008
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Lukewarm

Are we in the midst of a dance boom?
Trey McIntyre at the Pillow
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 27, 2008
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Funny bones

It was the darkly comic offerings of Mats Ek in the middle, and the personable interpretations that gave the evening its distinction.
Stockholm 59° North at the Pillow
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 19, 2008
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States of unrest

“Dance is a tool to look at other things,” choreographer Hofesh Shechter told an interviewer, but during the company’s US debut at Jacob’s Pillow last weekend you’d be forgiven for just looking at the fantastically virile dancing.
Hofesh Schechter, Natural Dance Theatre, Ko + Edge at the Pillow
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 15, 2008


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Modern romantics

Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare is less of a statement than a supposition: what if we did it a different way?
Mark Morris’s Romeo & Juliet ; Lar Lubovitch at the Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 08, 2008
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Rite of darkness

Le Sacre du Printemps , with 14 dancers hailing from Senegal, Togo, Benin, Mali, Nigeria, and Mozambique, takes on black-on-black violence .
Heddy Maalem’s Sacre
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 02, 2008