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 Post subject: Pillow Adds Extra Show for Mark Morris Dance Group
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Becket, MA-Fresh from two world premiere performances in London and New
York, the Mark Morris Dance Group continues its 25th anniversary season
celebration with three different programs in the Ted Shawn Theatre, August
22-27. The three programs include rarely seen solos, duets, and trios, and
the ensemble masterwork Gloria, to the magnificent Vivaldi score. Mark
Morris dances onstage one night only in From Old Seville on Saturday
evening, August 26. A hallmark of the company is live music, and this run
features musicians from the acclaimed MMDG Music Ensemble. This is Mark
Morris Dance Group's eighteenth appearance at the Pillow since 1980, and the
ten works on the three programs span Morris' career, from its modest and
unconventional beginnings-Morris and his company were favorites at Jacob's
Pillow even then-to Morris' current stature as one of America's greatest
living choreographers, leading one of the world's principal modern dance
companies. The week and the entire Pillow season culminate with the
Festival Finale Benefit on Saturday evening, when audiences help celebrate
Morris' 50th birthday. The Archives at Jacob's Pillow hold unique
Morris-related treasures on film, and in a related free event Saturday,
August 26 at 4pm, selected video clips are screened in a tribute to the
longstanding relationship between these two dance icons. To see a sample of
Mark Morris Dance Group, watch the 2006 Season Overview Video at

Performance and Ticket Information for Mark Morris Dance Group: Evening
performances are Tuesday, August 22 through Saturday, August 26 at 8pm, with
matinées on Friday, August 25 at 3pm (added to accommodate popular demand),
Saturday, August 26, and Sunday, August 27 at 2pm. Tickets for the Festival
Finale Benefit (with preferred seating and a party with the artists) on
Saturday, August 26 are $115. All other tickets are $58 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.

Each of Morris' three programs concludes with Gloria, a richly textured pure
dance piece that marks its twenty-fifth anniversary along with the company.
Choreographed in 1981 and revised in 1984, this large ensemble work displays
Morris' signature musicality as his dancers respond elegantly to Vivaldi's
surging melodies and rhythms. In its recent revival at the Brooklyn Academy
of Music, Gloria was praised for its "choreographic and emotional
complexity" by John Rockwell of the New York Times.

Program A, showing on August 22nd, the 23rd, the 24th, and the 3pm matinee
of the 25th, opens with the 1982 trio Songs That Tell a Story, in which
Morris contrasts his dancers' charming antics against a selection of
sorrowful country songs by the Louvin brothers. Three solos follow,
beginning with Peccadillos, set to Satie's score for children and played on
a toy piano. Created originally for Mikhail Baryshnikov, the work starred
Morris himself in its company premiere at Jacob's Pillow in 2000. Three
Russian Preludes, with its lively folkloric motifs and intricate
Shostakovich score, also returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre, where Baryshnikov
danced its 1995 world premiere. Morris revives yet another gem with the
1980 solo Dad's Charts-the earliest piece on the program-which was performed
for the first time in twenty-five years this past spring at the Mark Morris
Dance Center in Brooklyn.

Program B opens on the evening of Friday, August 25 and, with the exception
of Saturday night's performance, plays through the weekend. Three Preludes,
originally danced by Morris in 1992, is a vigorous, animated solo set to a
bluesy piano score by George Gershwin. The program continues with the 1983
Bijoux, a brisk, musical solo set to a selection of Satie songs. In Love,
You Have Won, two dancers use full, fluttering gestures to match the
ornamental nature of the elaborate Baroque score, also by Vivaldi. Closing
out this rich collection of short works is Pas de Poisson, a trio created in
1990 and originally performed by Morris, Baryshnikov, and Penny Hutchinson,
a founding MMDG member.

Program C, showing exclusively on the evening of Saturday, August 26,
features a momentous appearance by Morris, who will dance From Old Seville.
A flamenco-inspired trio with the charismatic longtime company members
Lauren Grant and John Heginbotham, this 2001 work was called "the equivalent
of a fireworks display…all hot emotions and even hotter castanets" by The
Washington Post. The program continues with three of the works from Program
B: Love, You Have Won; Bijoux; and Pas de Poisson.

Called "the most important choreographer since Balanchine" by Boston Globe
critic Richard Dyer, and dubbed an iconoclast in his early years for pairing
classical technique with modern ideas, Mark Morris has redefined dance by
revitalizing its connection with music, for which he has been lauded by
aficionados of both genres. The Wall Street Journal's Dale Harris wrote of
Morris, "Music…is not simply a starting point for Mr. Morris' choreography,
and never simply an accompaniment. Rather, it is the principal means by
which he achieves structural coherence and depth of feeling." In addition
to myriad works for his own company, Morris has choreographed for groups
including American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and the San Francisco
Ballet. He also served as the Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la
Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium from 1988 until 1991, during which time he
created his renowned evening-length works The Hard Nut and L'Allegro, il
Penseroso ed il Moderato, among others. Morris has received eight honorary
doctorates from institutions all over the country including The Juilliard
School and Boston Conservatory of Music, and was named a Fellow of the
MacArthur Foundation in 1991. For his collaboration with musician Yo-Yo Ma
in the film Falling Down Stairs, most of which was shot at Jacob's Pillow,
he won an Emmy Award.

The Mark Morris Dance Group, now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, was
formed in 1980 and gave its first concert that year in New York City. The
company's touring schedule steadily expanded to include cities both in the
U.S. and in Europe, and in 1986 it made its first national television
program for the PBS series Dance in America. In 1988, MMDG was invited to
become the national dance company of Belgium, and spent three years in
residence at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. The company
returned to the United States in 1991 as one of the world's leading dance
companies, performing across the U.S. and at major international festivals.
Aside from regular engagements at Jacob's Pillow, the group has toured all
over the world to great acclaim-earning two Laurence Olivier Awards for its
performances in London. In 2001, the Mark Morris Dance Center opened in
Brooklyn, New York, the company's first permanent headquarters in the U.S.,
housing rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for local
children, as well as a school offering dance classes to students of all
ages. MMDG's 25th anniversary events, aside from the performances at Jacob's
Pillow, have included more than 100 performances, five world premieres in
opera and dance, a 26-city national tour, a ten-city tour of the United
Kingdom, a month-long celebration held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the
Mark Morris Dance Center and other locations around New York City, and three
U.S. presentations of L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato, all performed
to live music.

Free Events at the Pillow This Week
PillowTalks in Blake's Barn: At 5pm on Wednesday, August 23, in a tribute to
the pioneering teacher of choreography and former Pillow faculty member
Bessie Schönberg, Cynthia Nazzaro Noble, the author of a new book on
Schönberg, joins others to discuss her significance. Saturday, August 26 at
4pm, the Archives at Jacob's Pillow are tapped to reveal the rare video
memories of Mark Morris' eighteen years here.

Inside/Out performances at 6:30pm: Wednesday, August 23, Rubberbandance
Group's unique blend of hip-hop and ballet takes over the stage in a Doris
Duke Studio Theatre preview. Thursday, August 24, Sidra Bell Dance New York
shows their director's visceral, reflective choreography alongside original
jazz scores. Friday, August 25, the quirky, fun-loving dancers of Boston's
Snappy Dance Theater inspire audiences with a blend of dance, gymnastics,
and circus arts. Saturday, August 26, in a resounding close to the Pillow
season, the dancers of Cedar Lake, from New York City, bring their finely
tuned, European-style repertory.

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.

Altria Group is the Lead Sponsor for MMDG's 25th Anniversary Season.
MetLife Foundation is MMDG's 25th Anniversary National Tour Sponsor.


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.

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
annually. 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.

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