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 Post subject: Jacob's Pillow 2007
PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:55 am 
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From Catherine Foster in the Boston Globe:
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Jacob’s Pillow fest has international flavor
Jacob’s Pillow is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a dance festival that gathers 20 international companies from four continents, featuring a record five US company debuts, a company world debut, at least three world premieres, and six US premieres, the company has announced.

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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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Jacob’s Pillow hits milestone
US debuts from Denmark, England, and Brazil mark festival’s 75th season

It started out 75 years ago as a modest dance retreat on an abandoned farm, a former stop on the Underground Railroad. Now Jacob’s Pillow is recognized around the world as America’s premier dance festival. For dance lovers, it’s a little mecca nestled in the lush mountains of the Berkshires, and this summer’s anniversary season features more than 300 events, including free and ticketed performances, talks, films, and exhibits spread over the festival’s 163-acre site.

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From Janine Parker in the Boston Phoenix:
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Not quite Nina
Ananiashvili and the State Ballet of Georgia look to find their footing

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The Georgian-born [Nina] Ananiashvili came to the Pillow with the company she is now directing ....
The State Ballet of Georgia looked fairly solid in the most classical part of the program, the Don Quixote Grand Divertissement. They didn’t look very interested in what they were doing, however, and it wasn’t all that interesting to watch, though I was relieved to see that the men could jump.


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Pillow Talk
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice
published: June 27, 2007

In the old farmhouse, Jacob's Pillow director Ella Baff ruminates on the summer ahead. "I don't want the Pillow to be a place of nostalgia, God forbid. I want the essence of it to be purely felt, but I want it to be alert and agile and buoyant—doing new things, and things that people may not see anyplace else." Continuity and contrast turn her on.
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From Debra Cash in the Boston Phoenix:
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Life is but a dream
Aurélia Thierrée and Coleman Lemieux at Jacob’s Pillow

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Aurélia’s Oratorio is a series of “perils of Pauline” episodes that Thierrée endures with kewpie-doll eyes and a resilient demeanor. Her mother [Victoria Thierrée Chaplin] has invented an amazing sequence of shapeshifting props and costumes — a red opera scarf that turns into a hammock and a slackrope, tasseled red velvet curtains that sway like the rigging of a storm-lashed clipper in a storm. Incongruities and swift reversals crop up without warning.
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On the larger Ted Shawn Theatre stage, meanwhile, a different type of legacy was being played out. Bill Coleman and his wife, Laurence Lemieux, had come to the Pillow from Montreal for a choreographic residency last
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Coleman and Lemieux had the idea to reset excerpts from [The Dome, a series of “musical visualizations” to Bach that Ted Shawn created ] for a group of seven children who would include two of their own kids.
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Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie also brought a sampler of works by their countryman James Kudelka....

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From David Perkins in the Boston Globe:
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Mini-dramas and intense physicality
-- It is an interesting experience to witness a dance that has no plot, no political message, and no conventional grace or beauty, yet is so full of raw emotion and vivid movement it sustains your interest for a full hour.

That is the case with Club Guy & Roni’s “ The Language of Walls,” performed at Jacob’s Pillow Thursday night in the Dutch company’s first US appearance.

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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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Sweetness and light at Jacob’s Pillow
They make it look so easy, those Danes. For those accustomed to the more flamboyant, stylized virtuosity of the Russian ballet tradition, the easy grace of the Royal Danish Ballet can be a revelation.

The company, represented by a small touring troupe at Jacob’s Pillow this week, has a distinctive tradition forged by the great August Bournonville more than 150 years ago that is anchored in a liquid, unforced buoyancy and naturalness.

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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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Sweeping themes, and a search for connection

BECKET -- Big Dance Theater does, in fact, think big. The New York company’s latest piece, “The Other Here,” touches on love and loss, memory and aging, ambition, regret, responsibility, class systems, commercialism, the burden imposed by the things we care for and care about . . . you get the idea. It’s a richly layered, multitextured work that sometimes overreaches and often befuddles, but always engages and greatly entertains.

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Try a Little Tenderness
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice
published: July 10, 2007

The Montreal-based contemporary ensemble founded by Laurence Lemieux and Bill Coleman brought 17 Kudelka duets to Jacob's Pillow. The prospect of watching a slew of male-female encounters tends to make my eyes glaze over, but this choreographer is eloquent on the subject of intimacy.
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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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Brazilian company is captivating and clever
From the US debut of the Brazilian Mimulus Dance Company, you’d think the entire country is the most carefree in the world. Under the artistic direction of Jomar Mesquita, the eight dancers of this chipper little company can turn the samba inside out and upside down, all with an insouciant smile on their faces and a wink in their eyes.

It’s not just the samba the company embraces, but salsa, tango, chorinho, bachata, even Lindy Hop.

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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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At Jacob’s Pillow, bad boys are really good
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[Rasta Thomas] is joined by three similarly versatile and virtuosic dancers: Bryan Arias, Robbie Nicholson, and Bennyroyce Royon.

All have ballet technique to burn, complemented by a virile, muscular athleticism that seems equally at home in jazz, popular dance, and martial arts. They have remarkable flexibility, with easy splits and kicks to the ears, and are as secure walking on their hands and turning back flips as spinning through fouettes. This was absolutely dazzling dancing.

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 Post subject: Bad Boys of Dance
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:49 am 
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A Troupe Keeps the Jinks Just as High as Possible
by JENNIFER DUNNING
Published: July 31, 2007

But once the hopes died — hopes of seeing Mr. Thomas in his more serious-seeming classical ballet and acting guises — the show presented on Saturday afternoon at the Doris Duke Studio Theater was great fun. It was indeed a palate cleanser, as the festival director, Ella Baff, put it.
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 Post subject: Jomar Mesquita & Mimulus Dance Company
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From Brazil With Brio, Soccer Balls and Samba
by JENNIFER DUNNING
published: July 30, 2007

The curtain rose on a stage full of upended men and women, looking like upside-down standing lamps, in vivid costumes by Baby Mesquita and Ronaldo Fraga. Slowly the performers righted themselves and began to dance with one another, stepping in and out of social dancing.

This was choreography by accretion of details.
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In the Boston Phoenix, Marcia Siegel reviews two Jacob's Pillow performances (after Headlong Dance Theater review):
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Dances with character
Headlong Dance Theater, Chunky Move, Paul Taylor

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Jacob’s Pillow these days is either a critic’s bonanza or a critic’s nightmare, depending on how much time you have. Two Saturdays ago, before Chunky Move, I saw the first of two different Paul Taylor programs and a discussion among Obarzanek, Michelle Potter, the native Australian who now heads the Dance Library at Lincoln Center, and Pillow scholar-in-residence Maura Keefe. Plus an informal Inside/Out presentation of Taylor and Alonso King ....

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 Post subject: Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève
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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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A graceful cross of cultures, styles
The small miracle of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s “Loin” is that it somehow manages to be intimately personal and culturally global at the same time. The contemporary ballet is both about relating and consciously not relating, as if prejudice makes getting to know another person not worthwhile. The work is also choreographically inventive, viscerally powerful, emotionally moving, and sweetly funny.

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