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Jacob's Pillow 2003
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Author:  ncgnet [ Fri Mar 21, 2003 8:23 am ]
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In the Boston Herald, Theodore Bale writes about Jacob's Pillow and their schedule for this summer:

Stretching out: Jacob’s Pillow provides adventure, sophistication

I’ve told colleagues more than once that the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket is where I go every summer for my annual checkup as a dance critic. I suppose that makes the festival’s executive director, Ella Baff, sort of my choreographic primary-care physician.

The analogy isn’t so far-fetched. Baff remains the most adventurous and sophisticated presenter of dance in Massachusetts, and I’ve admired her determination to give dance fans what they need to see, not just what they want to see. She accomplishes this without making performances feel like an excruciating therapeutic regimen, which is commendable. A trip to the Pillow is always a joy.

Earlier this week, Baff announced the schedule for the 2003 festival, which runs from June 18 to Aug. 24. A press release stressed, “During these times, an international viewpoint is more important than ever.”
Click for info on scheduled performances

Author:  librarian [ Fri Mar 21, 2003 8:25 am ]
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Thank you for posting that article! As well, Anna-Marie Holmes will be directing the Summer School at the Pillow this year as she has for the past few years, and she usually has fine guest teachers, so the students will have a great time, I'm sure.

Author:  ncgnet [ Fri May 16, 2003 12:42 pm ]
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Here is another article by Theodore Bale describing the summer program at Jacob's Pillow. This is a duplicate of a posting I made earlier today, in case the more general topic title didn't catch your eye....

Dream season begins at the Pillow

Author:  ncgnet [ Fri Jul 04, 2003 6:23 am ]
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In the Boston Herald, Theodore Bale reports on Jacob's Pillow:

Frugal fans can rest easy at the Pillow

If you feel the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket is aimed only at the white-belt-and-matching-loafers crowd, think again. Though the festival does attract a mixed audience, it remains the best place in Massachusetts to see what’s hot and what’s spanking brand-new in the dance world - and a good deal of it is either low-priced or free.

Hipsters will appreciate, for example, the U.S. premiere of Compagnie Felix Ruckert’s “Deluxe Joy Pilot,” featured at the Pillow’s spacious Doris Duke Studio Theatre from Aug. 21-24. A live DJ provides a provocative mix of techno underground music for the show, and audience members can choose where they want to sit: in plastic inflatable club chairs, on a number of beds placed center stage, or elsewhere around the house. Interaction with the dancers during the performance is encouraged, so who knows how it all will actually unfold?

Ruckert, a former dancer with Pina Bausch’s groundbreaking Tantztheater Wuppertal, is one of Berlin’s most important rising choreographers. You’re not going to have a chance to see him in Boston anytime soon, and tickets are only $20.

There are plenty more shows in the Duke Theatre worth investigating this summer.

Author:  Azlan [ Fri Jul 04, 2003 11:47 am ]
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Celebrating the Unity of Nature and Art, in This Case Dance

NY Times

The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires was for decades an odd but entrancing mix of the giddy and the visionary. <a href= target=_blank>more</a>

Author:  Azlan [ Tue Jul 08, 2003 11:23 am ]
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The Body Speaks

Deborah Jowitt
Village Voice

At Jacob's Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, the first dance institution to be designated a landmark, artists work and people come to watch process and product from late June to late August, though the bustling place has its share of ghosts. <a href= target=_blank>more</a>

Author:  ncgnet [ Mon Jul 28, 2003 5:52 am ]
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Three performances reviewed by Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:

A high pointe for Pillow

Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional de Danza 2 and Buglisi/Foreman Dance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Saturday.

The legacy of the modern tradition as it continues to unfold in Europe and America was the featured theme this past weekend at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. Three different shows proved how astonishing it is to observe the artistic seeds, planted decades ago by master choreographers such as Jiri Kylian and Martha Graham, blooming in the present with such passion and precision.

Author:  ncgnet [ Fri Aug 08, 2003 6:18 am ]
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In the Boston Globe, Karen Campbell reviews Batoto Yetu, a Harlem-based children's dance company that performed at Jacob's Pillow:

Batoto Yetu helps city kids step into traditional dances

BECKET -- When choreographer Julio Leitao fled war-torn Angola nearly three decades ago, he made the long, painful walk with no shoes and only a handful of extra clothes wrapped inside a blanket. But what he carried in his heart and mind were the songs, dances, and stories of his African childhood.

With his Harlem-based children's dance company, Batoto Yetu, Leitao has brought those cultural traditions to more than 1,500 children over the past 13 years, offering free dance, music, and academic instruction. These inner-city kids get not only a grounding in the traditional culture of their forebears, but a sense of pride, accomplishment, self-esteem, and disclipine that Leitao believes will carry throughout their lives.

Author:  ncgnet [ Thu Aug 14, 2003 6:04 am ]
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Something I missed in last week's Herald, but fortunately the article, and performances, are still available for a few more days:

'Twist' of fate influences NYC's Petronio
By Theodore Bale

          Anyone who saw Petronio’s stunning “Strange Attractors” last year at the Emerson Majestic Theatre will be pleased to know his company returns to Massachusetts Wednesday for a five-day run at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. The intriguing program includes the second section of “Strange Attractors,” the world premiere of excerpts from Petronio’s newest dance, “Island of Misfit Toys,” and a series of intimate portraits he calls “City of Twist.” Petronio also will perform his critically acclaimed solo “Broken Man.”
( Stephen Petronio Company at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, Wednesday though Aug. 17. Tickets: $35-$40. Call 413-243-0745 or go to )

Author:  ncgnet [ Fri Aug 15, 2003 5:52 am ]
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A review from Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:

Choreographer offers 'love letter' to New York

BECKET -- A woman sleeps. A crescent moon glows in a star-studded sky. And a man, vulnerable in only his underwear, dances in utter solitude. It reminds us that no matter how connected we may be, we are also quite alone.

The solo, exquisitely danced by Gerald Casel, is one of the vivid choreographic portraits that make up Stephen Petronio's "City of Twist," which the creator calls "a kind of love letter" to New York City. Set to an elegant score (strings, keyboard, guitar, and electronics) by performance artist Laurie Anderson and beautifully lit by Ken Tabachnick, the work was created partly in response to Sept. 11 and gives the innovative Petronio's virtuosic movement a rare emotional context.

Author:  ncgnet [ Mon Aug 18, 2003 5:25 am ]
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From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:

Pillow performance shows why Petronio is ‘Man’ of the hour

‘Stephen Petronio is a darling man,’ said Trisha Brown on Saturday afternoon at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. ‘He has four snakes for appendages maybe five,’ she added, inciting laughter from the audience.

A seminal figure in contemporary dance, Brown spoke about her illustrious career for about an hour with dance critic Deborah Jowitt. Naturally the topic turned to Petronio, who danced for seven years with Brown before founding his own troupe nearly twenty years ago. Read on...

Author:  ncgnet [ Fri Aug 22, 2003 5:36 am ]
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In the Boston Globe, Karen Campbell writes about Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's recent performance at Jacob's pillow:

Company soars to new heights in its 25th year

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