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 Post subject: Jacob's Pillow 2008
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:08 am 
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From Goeff Edgers in the Boston Globe:
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Innovation center stage at Pillow
Jacob’s Pillow’s upcoming season will feature many of the biggest names in dance, but with a special emphasis on embracing the visual arts and new technologies.
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Though Jacob’s Pillow has featured video screens in past performances, executive director Ella Baff said that this is the first time newer technologies are being used in multiple programs, or in such innovative ways.

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From Valerie Gladstone in the Boston Globe:
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The prize fighter
Former boxer Heddy Maalem takes aim with African-inspired take on dance’s ‘Rite of Spring’

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The French-Algerian choreographer Heddy Maalem brings a unique perspective to his version of “The Rite of Spring.” While the dance typically evokes a pagan ritual, Maalem sets the ritual’s chaos and violence against the backdrop of contemporary Africa. His company makes its Jacob’s Pillow debut with the work Wednesday through June 29.

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From Janine Parker in the Boston Globe:
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From Africa, beautiful bodies update a classic
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This week, Jacob’s Pillow is presenting choreographer Heddy Maalem’s interpretation [of "Le Sacre du Printemps,"], the final part of a trilogy inspired by Maalem’s eye-opening visit to Lagos, Nigeria. The Algerian-born Maalem has assembled 14 dancers from six African countries to perform this sometimes compelling, sometimes head-scratching, often unsettling work, and their varied and beautiful physiques and styles underscore the piece’s ultimate humanity.

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From Debra Cash in the Boston Phoenix:
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Rite of Darkness - Heddy Maalem’s Sacre

.... Yet whereas his familial fury is aimed squarely at the distortions of colonialism, his Le Sacre du Printemps, with 14 dancers hailing from Senegal, Togo, Benin, Mali, Nigeria, and Mozambique, takes on black-on-black violence. Maalem has headed unblinkingly into the dangerous territory of white projection. Igor Stravinsky’s 1913 evocation of a pre-Christian Russian fertility rite shudders alongside Maalem’s 2004 depiction of contemporary African savagery.

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From Debra Cash in the Boston Phoenix:
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Modern Romantics - .... Lar Lubovitch at the Pillow

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Saturday afternoon at Jacob’s Pillow, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company offered three examples of a more straightforward romanticism in their evolved modern-dance style. ...
In addition to the Mozart Concerto Six Twenty-Two (1986), there were two pieces I hadn’t seen from 2007: a men’s trio, Little Rhapsodies, to Robert Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes; and the Dvorák Serenade (Opus 22) for 12 dancers. The dances surfed and dove through the music with rounded, circling, soaring, swooping movement and flowing group patterns.

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From Janine Parker in the Boston Globe:
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Tension, passion captured in ‘Uprising’
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Jacob’s Pillow is hosting the US debut of Shechter’s eponymous London-based company, which was just formed in January. This Israeli-born wunderkind - he’s 33, and has only been making dances for a handful of years - has absorbed the sophisticated, cool-yet-passionate movement style of many of the newer breed of overseas choreographers.

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From Janine Parker in the Boston Globe:
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Worlds apart, but a fitting pair
Jacob’s Pillow has hit another home run this week with its double bill of contemporary Japanese dance companies in the Doris Duke Studio Theatre. Natural Dance Theatre, making its US company debut, is offering its ruminations on Lewis Carroll’s iconic “Alice in Wonderland”; sharing the program is the Butoh troupe Ko & Edge Co., presenting the US premiere of “Dead 1.” Rather than jar, the juxtaposition of these two divergent groups works harmoniously; these are top-notch artists.

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In the Boston Phoenix Debra Cash reviews and comments on several performances:
[url=http://thephoenix.com/Boston/Arts/64797-HOFESH-SCHECHTER-NATURAL-DANCE-THEATRE-KO-and-EDGE/]States of unrest - Hofesh Schechter, Natural Dance Theatre, Ko + Edge at the Pillow
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:19 am 
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From Janine Parker in the Boston Globe:
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Vulnerability and strength share the stage in Ballet Boyz works
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Appearing at Jacob’s Pillow this week, the Boyz [Michael Nunn and William Trevitt,] are hoping to demystify classical dance one grand jeté at a time, beginning with the “behind-the-scenes” mini-films that introduce each of the program’s four dances.
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Yet ironies abound: The adorable films not only don’t make the choreography more accessible, they ultimately undermine the dances, three of which are so alike in movement that they blur together. Meanwhile, the actual ballet steps are bloated, pasted on like circus tricks.

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From Janine Parker in the Boston Globe:
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A magic carpet ride at Jacob’s Pillow
.... the Italian dance-theatre company Teatro di Piazza o d’Occasione is hosting a gently unusual play date. Like the movie’s [Big's] giant keyboard, T.P.O. has created what it calls a sensored carpet that responds visually and sonically when moved upon - with the help of some sophisticated technology, natch.

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From Janine Parker in the Boston Globe:
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A fast-paced show blurs the lines
The concept of “line” in a dancer (like “tone” in a musician) is an elusive one: It refers both to the way a dancer executes steps and to the lines he or she naturally possesses, say in the arch of a foot or the hyperextension of a knee.

The dancers of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet boast beautifully balletic lines; they’re naturals for dancewear ads. Fortunately, posing is the last thing they do.

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From Janine Parker in the Boston Globe:
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Movement and drama combine in ‘Rebound’
The Netherlands company Conny Janssen Danst made its East Coast debut Thursday at Jacob’s Pillow’s Doris Duke Studio Theatre, and I already miss it. Hopefully the full company will be invited back for a full evening of dance. In the meantime, “Rebound,” Janssen’s 60-minute 2005 quintet for men, is a thoughtful, powerful memento.

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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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A dark “Dolores’ from Brazil
A caress becomes a slap. An embrace tightens into a chokehold. Sensuous coupling slides into angry tussling. Mimulus Dance Company’s “Dolores,” which had its US premiere at Jacob’s Pillow Wednesday, dances at the intersection of lust and antipathy, where need can slip quickly into obsession.

The vivacious nine-member Brazilian troupe, led by Jomar Mesquita, blends Latin and other social dance forms with a contemporary movement vocabulary....

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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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‘Slow’ moves in revelatory ways
At first, the floor-to-ceiling image projected on the back wall of Jacob’s Pillow’s Doris Duke Studio Theatre appears to be a still photograph. Indian dancer Shantala Shivalingappa, regal in a traditional peach silk gown, stands legs bent, feet pointing to the side in a stylized posture from the live movement snippet she’s just performed onstage.

But ever so gradually, the image seems to breathe, to stir to life.

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From Janine Parker in the Boston Globe:
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Swedish troupe brings fresh edge
....the classics are not Stockholm 59° North's raison d'etre. The company, appearing this week at Jacob's Pillow, comprises principals and soloists from the Royal Swedish Ballet, so the dancers get their traditional ya-yas out when performing with the parent company. Instead, the engaging, finely-trained Stockholmers perform works by today's sought-after choreographers.

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