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 Post subject: Jacob's Pillow 2005
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2005 1:22 pm 
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MORE THAN 200 FREE EVENTS ENRICH AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE AT JACOB'S PILLOW

INSIDE/OUT PERFORMANCES, TALKS, EXHIBITS, TOURS, AND COMMUNITY DAY AUGMENT
VISITS TO THE HISTORIC SITE


BECKET, MA - This summer, Jacob's Pillow hosts more than 200 Free Events,
from talks and films to performances and exhibits, during its three-month
summer Festival. From the Inside/Out series to PillowTalks, Pre- and
Post-Show Talks, Community Day, and walking tours of the National Historic
Landmark site, Jacob's Pillow entertains thousands of visitors and devoted
audience members while offering an inviting introduction to the art of
dance.

The Inside/Out series presents established and emerging companies, along
with artists from the Doris Duke Studio Theatre and The School at Jacob's
Pillow, on the outdoor stage at the Marcia and Seymour Simon Performance
Space. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday from 6:30pm to 7:20pm.
On Wednesdays, artists from the Doris Duke Studio Theatre offer preview
performances. On Thursdays and Fridays, emerging talent and established
companies perform. And on Saturdays, students from The School at Jacob's
Pillow show repertoire taught by internationally renowned faculty.

Throughout the course of the summer, PillowTalks offer a broad overview
of-and compelling insight into-the world of dance. Offered during the
Festival every Wednesday at 5pm and Saturday at 4pm for approximately an
hour each, PillowTalks feature artists, scholars, writers, photographers,
filmmakers, musicians and other interesting people, interacting during
question and answer sessions. Film screenings introduced by the makers
themselves, book-signings, and related events are also on offer.

In Pre-Show Talks, Scholars-in-Residence offer important background
information and context to help audience members gain more from the
performance to follow. These 15- minute talks are held 30 minutes before
every ticketed performance. For Ted Shawn performances, they are in Blake's
Barn. For Doris Duke Studio performances, they are on the front porch of
the theater.

In Post-Show Talks, a moderator and audience members pose questions to
artists just after they step off stage, Thursdays in the Ted Shawn Theatre
and Fridays in the Doris Duke Studio Theatre.

The Pillow's annual Community Day, this year titled For the Kid in All of
Us, is celebrated on July 30 from 10am - 1pm. All ages are welcome to
experience dance through performances, classes, a dance party, and more.
Giveaways and an Archives Bazaar featuring dance memorabilia add to the fun.
Jacob's Pillow Community Day 2005 is sponsored by ALEX®, a leading
manufacturer of children's lifestyle products.
Visitors to the Pillow can learn more about the historic Festival and how it
became a National Historic Landmark by meeting at the Welcome Center on
Saturdays at 5:30pm for a guided Tour, or by picking up a Self-Guided
Walking Tour Map anytime. Groups can also arrange in advance with the Box
Office for a guided Tour by calling 413.243.0745.

Highlighting the history of the Pillow and the development of several dance
forms, a wide variety of free exhibits awaits visitors at Jacob's Pillow,
June 18-August 28. On display in Blake's Barn, open Tuesday through Sunday,
noon through final curtain, Masters of Movement: Portraits of America's
Great Choreographers features photographs and interview excerpts from noted
photographer Rose Eichenbaum. Lost, Found, Restored, featuring treasures
from the Pillow Archives, is on view in the Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby, thirty
minutes before each performance. The inception of an art form is captured
in Hip Hop Files: Photos by Martha Cooper, in the Doris Duke Studio Theatre
Lobby, open 30 minutes before every performance. The visual story of an
important collaboration is profiled in Dancers You Should Know, open Tuesday
through Sunday in Blake's Barn, noon through final curtain. For a glimpse
into the past, visit the historic Bakalar Studio for Highlights of the
Collection, open to the public when classes are not in session.


Click here for further details.


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JACOB’S PILLOW ANNOUNCES 2005 FESTIVAL:
LIVE MUSIC, PILLOW EXCLUSIVES, RETURN OF HIT COMPANIES


Becket, MA – Following its record-breaking 2004 season, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival presents a highly anticipated 2005 season, featuring live music, world premieres, the return of a number of its most popular companies, and companies that are completely new to the public, June 18–August 28.

Executive Director Ella Baff draws together dancers from all over the globe, along with some of America’s most beloved artists, including two of last season’s hits: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and New Zealand’s all-male troupe, Black Grace. Season highlights include live music in several performances: a live jazz and R&B band with tap legend Savion Glover; five-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence; composer Evren Celimli with Ben Munisteri Dance Projects; and Tanglewood musicians with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Three groups bring world premieres: Susan Marshall & Company and Ben Munisteri Dance Projects unveil works commissioned or co-commissioned by the Pillow; and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence brings a new work inspired by Billie Holliday. The Festival 2005 performances are heightened by myriad opportunities for learning about dance—from the Inside/Out performance series to Exhibits, PillowTalks, Pre- and Post-Show Talks—all free, open to the public, and presented in the natural splendor of Jacob’s Pillow, the only dance institution recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

In the Ted Shawn Theatre, the Pillow presents: tap legend Savion Glover and an ensemble of tap greats past and future brought together for one of several Pillow exclusives; the Martha Graham Dance Company in a program of masterworks and rarely-seen gems; Ronald K. Brown/Evidence premieres a new work with live music and video; Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, with their trademark sinuousness; the vibrant Garth Fagan Dance; Mark Morris Dance Group, back for its 18th year at the Pillow; the spectacular soloists and principals from Royal Swedish Ballet who comprise Stockholm/59° North; Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performing works by some of today’s most exciting contemporary choreographers; the popular Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montréal; and the New Zealand company that dazzled audiences with their U.S. debut at the Pillow last year, Black Grace.

The season in the Doris Duke Studio Theatre showcases fresh groups from all over the world, including Australia’s Chunky Move in a witty and unpredictable dance theatre production set on a revolving stage; Rennie Harris Puremovement, a progenitor of the groundbreaking art form of hip-hop; Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, from New York’s downtown arts scene; Mexico’s A Poc A Poc making their U.S. debut; ASzURe & Artists, led by one of today’s hottest young choreographers; the award-winning Susan Marshall & Company; the newly-created Trey McIntyre Project; the critically-acclaimed new company johannes wieland; and Project Fukurow, an innovative contemporary force from Tokyo.


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From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:
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Jacob’s Pillow opener: A remarkable feet
If the programming for this year’s festival at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket is anything like the season opening gala on Saturday night, it’s going to be a surprising and entertaining summer. But we’ve come to expect nothing less from executive director Ella Baff, one of the foremost presenters on the international dance scene.

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From Karen Campbell in the Calendar section of the Boston Globe:
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The wide world of dance
In a little corner of the Berkshires, the renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival hosts some of the world’s most innovative modern dance companies.

Each summer, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is like a choreographic travelogue of the world. Executive Director Ella Baff has made it her mission to scour the globe for the most compelling, cutting-edge, high-quality dance, and this year’s offerings range from Sweden and Australia to Mexico and Japan, in styles spanning tap and hip-hop to modern dance, classical ballet, and avant-garde.

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From Christine Temin in the Boston Globe:
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Graham troupe explores its roots
.... The current Graham troupe is performing at Jacob’s Pillow this week, and the big question is, how does this group that has suffered so much offstage look when it gets back on?

Like other companies that outlive their founders, they look reverent and cautious at times. But there are also moments when they’re triumphant, especially in the case of Alessandra Prosperi and Christophe Jeannot in Graham’s 1947 “Errand into the Maze.”

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Stepping Gracefully Through a Memorable History
by JACK ANDERSON for the New York Times

The Graham company danced its way through much of that wonderful past in a program called "Prelude and Revolt: Denishawn to Graham." The dances had music by various composers, most of it performed live by the pianist Pat Daugherty and the flutist Elizabeth Mann. The revivals were made possible with the aid of older dancers, archival films and notes.

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From Marica Siegel in the Boston Phoenix:

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Martha Graham and Chunky Move at the Pillow

.... the idea to package seven small, proto-Graham works and two big choreographies under the title “Prelude and Revolt” as a way of showing the connections between Graham and her forerunners, Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn ... was a rare and inspired notion. What was troubling about the program was the lack of agreement among the dancers about style and performing attitude. Their sense of what Graham “means” will affect the history of Martha Graham from here on.

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In the Boston Globe, Christine Temin reviews Alonzo King's LINES Ballet at Jacob's Pillow:

LINES at Jacob's Pillow


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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe. (Unfortunately, I was out of town and am catching up late, so this *may* not be available except for subscribers.)
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They mix contrasting elements fluidly
The contemporary dance world is filled with choreographers who meld modern dance with ballet, creating seamless fusions that borrow freely from both. New York-based choreographer Ben Munisteri, whose company is at Jacob’s Pillow, takes a different approach. He doesn’t so much meld the two as playfully juxtapose elements of both, and the seams show unapologetically.

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The Miracle of Flight, No Airplane Necessary
by SYLVIANE GOLD for the New York Times

Hanging above the stage enmeshed in netting, hovering on movable blocks, his dancers don't quite fly. But they come close. "A poc a poc" (pronounced a-puck-a-puck) is a Catalan expression that urges patience. The literal translation is "little by little," but Mr. Camarena has an earthier rendition: "You've got to expel a lot of spit to get the things you want."

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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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Morris group knows the score, and more
.... Morris’s sophisticated understanding also enables him to bring out the music’s internal rhythms -- underscoring, developing, even contributing additional contrapuntal elements that make us hear it differently. Inventive movement illumines music that reflects Morris’s extraordinarily eclectic tastes.

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In the Off Season, Changes in Latitudes and Attitudes
Stockholm/59° North
by JACK ANDERSON for the New York Times

Virpi Pahkinen, a Finnish choreographer, offered "by the painless arrow of artemis," a duet to recorded music by Roger Ludvigsen. With her imposing manner, Karin Forslind certainly suggested that Artemis was a Greek goddess associated with chastity, hunting and the moon. But Jan-Erik Wikstrom, her partner, commanded space with his own determination. What resulted was a dramatically intense and increasingly erotic battle of wills.

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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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Swedes bring cool, sleek style to ballet
The Royal Swedish Ballet may be one of the oldest dance companies in the world, but it’s far from the stodgiest, if its chamber troupe of soloists, Stockholm/59° North, is any indication. In one of the most anticipated programs at Jacob’s Pillow this summer, the superb ensemble presented three US premieres as well as two older works Wednesday night, and there was not a pointe shoe in sight.

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Follow That Movement!
Stockholm/59° North
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice

Small, gutsy Johannes Öhman, the group's current artistic director; tall elegant Göran Svalberg; and equally leggy Hans Nilsson are humanized, however, not so much by what they do but by how they do it and by information provided in a stylishly composed, uncredited film.

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In the image with the NY Times article, I believe that is current Royal Danish Ballet soloist Tim Matiakis in the center and Royal Swedish Ballet dancer Nikolaus Fotiadis on the far right.

Quite a busy summer for Matiakis, as he toured with the Principals and Soloists of the RDB to London in late June and the RDB kicks of their 2005-06 season with the Bournonville Gala in 10 days.

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