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 Post subject: Two U.S. Premieres from Danish Dance Theatre
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Becket, MA-In an exclusive U.S. appearance, Copenhagen's Danish Dance
Theatre returns to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival's Doris Duke Studio
Theatre, July 27-30. Considered to be Denmark's leading modern dance
company, and commemorating its 25th anniversary in 2006, this cutting-edge
ensemble explores the boundary between classical and contemporary dance with
brilliant technique, full-bodied emotion, and sophisticated theatricality.
When Danish Dance Theatre made its U.S. debut at the Pillow in 2004,
Theodore Bale of The Boston Globe reported, "The audience leapt to a
standing ovation, some in joyous tears."

Artistic Director Tim Rushton-who has won a host of awards for his gripping
experimentalism, evocative multidisciplinary projects, and unflagging
attention to the breadth of human nature-presents two highly anticipated
U.S. premieres in this engagement. The award-winning Kridt completes
Rushton's powerful trilogy analyzing the relationship between text and
movement, while Silent Steps pays cheerful homage to Bach's timeless
harpsichord concertos. In a related free event, Tim Rushton discusses Bach's
influence on his work and compares the approaches of Ted Shawn and other
choreographers to the music of this great composer, Saturday, July 29 at
4pm. Danish Dance Theatre previews their work on the Pillow's Inside/Out
stage, Wednesday, July 19 at 6:30pm. For a glimpse of the choreography of
Danish Dance Theatre, watch the 2006 season overview video at

Performance and Ticket Information for Danish Dance Theatre: Evening
performances are Thursday, July 27 through Saturday, July 29 at 8:15pm, with
matinées on Saturday, July 29 at 2:15pm and Sunday, July 30 at 5pm. Tickets
are $24 each, with a 10% discount available for seniors, students, and youth
age 13 and under. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at
413.243.0745, faxing orders to 413.243.0749, or ordering online at Jacob's Pillow is located on George Carter Road in
Becket, MA, 10 minutes east on Route 20 from Mass Pike Exit 2.

In recent years, Rushton has delved into a riveting exploration of movement
and written word through two critically acclaimed works, Shadowland and
Graffiti, both presented at the Pillow in 2004, when the company was known
as New Danish Dance Theatre. (The "New" has since been dropped to reflect
the company's firm, 25-year presence on the scene there.) This three-part
series now culminates in the U.S. premiere of Kridt ("chalk" in Danish), a
2005 work drawing from the texts of Ecclesiastes and set to a richly layered
string quartet by Peteris Vasks. Urgent and intense, Kridt examines the
stirring psychology of a man on the threshold between life and death,
embodying the richly human themes that permeate Rushton's work. Requiring
performances that balance spontaneity and risk-taking movement with clean
control, Rushton's text-based works have been lauded as "so entirely
original they cannot be compared to anything from the American modern
tradition" (The Boston Herald).

In Silent Steps, set to an award-winning recording of Bach's harpsichord
concertos, Rushton creates an intimate connection between dance and music,
paying tribute to this vastly important composer. Choreographed in 2005 and
now receiving its U.S. premiere at the Pillow, this work uses movement as
intricately structured as Bach's score in joyous celebration of human

Danish Dance Theatre was established in 1981 and has since become one of
Europe's foremost contemporary dance companies. With dancers selected from
Europe's premier ballet schools-including the Royal Ballet School, the
Rambert School, and Sweden's Ballet Academy-the company has toured both
nationally and internationally. Danish Dance Theatre is now the resident
company at the renowned performing arts venue in the center of Copenhagen,
the Folketeatret.

A native of Birmingham, England, Artistic Director Tim Rushton studied at
London's Royal Ballet School before leaving for Copenhagen to join the Royal
Danish Ballet. There, he choreographed several contemporary works and
founded The Choreography Workshop, a forum for young dancemakers. Rushton
left the Royal Danish Ballet in the mid-1990's to pursue his own career as a
choreographer, becoming artistic director of Danish Dance Theatre in 2001.
He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Danish Theatre Award for Kridt
and for Sweet Complaint (1998), choreographed for the Royal Danish Ballet.
In 2006 Rushton won the Reumert Prize for Dance Performance of the Year with

Free Events at the Pillow This Week
PillowTalks in Blake's Barn: Eva Yerbabuena, a star of both film and
flamenco, discusses how her passion translates to the screen on Wednesday,
July 26. On Saturday, July 29, Tim Rushton of Danish Dance Theatre talks
about Bach's influence on his new piece for the company, and looks at other
choreographic approaches to the music of this great composer.

Inside/Out performances at 6:30pm: Wednesday, July 26, Pillow favorite
Danish Dance Theatre previews work from their upcoming run in the Doris Duke
Studio Theatre. Thursday, July 27, the lithe, appealing dancers of New
Chamber Ballet move to music by a host of great classical composers.
Friday, July 28, the lively and precise Irish step dance troupe Solas An
Lae, based in the Hudson Valley, performs. Saturday, July 29, students of
the Contemporary Traditions program show work learned under the directorship
of master teacher Milton Myers.

Ongoing Free Events include: Ted Shawn First, the first overview exhibition
ever mounted at the Pillow on the Festival's influential founder, in Blake's
Barn; Philip Trager: A Pillow Retrospective, featuring insightful images
from this master of portraiture, in the Ted Shawn Theatre lobby; Basil
Childers, with work from a rising star of the international dance
photography scene, in the Doris Duke Studio Theatre lobby; Picturing Shawn,
a survey of two-dimensional depictions of the man by diverse artists, in the
Reading Room at Blake's Barn; and the latest Highlights of the Collection,
on view in the venerable Bakalar Studio whenever rehearsals and classes are
not in session.


Jacob's Pillow is located in the town of Becket in the Berkshire Hills of
Western Massachusetts. The Pillow was originally the Carter family farm in
the 1700s, and in the 1800s served as a station on the Underground Railroad.
Its pioneering spirit was furthered in 1933, when legendary dancer, teacher,
and choreographer Ted Shawn founded the Festival as a showcase for his
company of Men Dancers and as a home for dance in the U.S.

Jacob's Pillow now encompasses an acclaimed international Festival (the
first and longest-running dance festival in the U.S.), a professional
School, rare and extensive Archives open to the public free of charge, an
Intern Program, year-round Community Programs, and a Creative Development
Residency program. The historic site includes

161 acres, 31 buildings, three unique stages (including the first theater in
the U.S. built specifically for dance), three dance studios, exhibition
spaces, restaurants, the Pillow Store, residential housing, administrative
offices, a health center, gardens, trails, and woodlands.

The Pillow presents dance from all over the world in all forms, styles, and
traditions, plus approximately 200 free events each season, including
performances, lectures, tours, film showings, exhibits, and talks with
artists from all over the world, which attract approximately 80,000 visitors

Pillow Founder Ted Shawn was instrumental in beginning the careers of Martha
Graham and Jack Cole, and the Pillow has continued this mentoring role by
providing early opportunities to artists such as Alvin Ailey, José Limón,
and Mark Morris. Companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Parsons
Dance Company have been seen at the Pillow for the first time anywhere, and
international groups such as The Royal Danish Ballet and Nederlands Dans
Theater have made their U.S. debuts here. World premieres have been
commissioned from masters such as Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor, and
legendary artists such as Margot Fonteyn and Mikhail Baryshnikov have been
showcased in new works.

In 2003, Jacob's Pillow was declared a National Historic Landmark by the
federal government as "an exceptional cultural venue that holds value for
all Americans." It is the first and only dance entity in the U.S. to
achieve this honor. The Pillow looks forward to celebrating its 75th
anniversary in 2007, and has launched its first endowment campaign, The Fund
for Jacob's Pillow, to help ensure its eminence and longevity for others to
enjoy in years to come.

Major support for Jacob's Pillow, as of April 2006, has been provided by:
The Dana Foundation; The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Francis Alexander
Family Fund; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; The William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation; The Leir Charitable Trusts in memory of Henry J. Leir;
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Evelyn Stefansson
Nef Foundation; The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation; The
Prospect Hill Foundation; The Ira M. Resnick Foundation; The Ridgefield
Foundation; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; The Starr Foundation;
Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; National Endowment for the
Arts; U.S. Department of Education; ALEX®; Altria Group, Inc.; American
Express Philanthropic Program, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.; Berkshire Bank
Foundation; Canon, U.S.A., Inc.; TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation; The
Pillow Business Alliance; and Jacob's Pillow Members.

Jacob's Pillow is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New
England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by The Ford Foundation
and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Major endowment support is provided by The Barrington Foundation, Inc.; The
William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state
agency; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Onota Foundation; The Prospect Hill
Foundation; and the Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a
collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna
Foundation; and Jacob's Pillow Members.

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