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SLOVENIA'S BALLET MARIBOR PERFORMS RADIO AND JULIET
AT JACOB'S PILLOW IN JULY
A CONTEMPORARY TAKE ON SHAKESPEARE'S CLASSIC
SET TO THE MUSIC OF RADIOHEAD
June 15, 2009 (Becket, Mass.) - After garnering international acclaim, Ballet
Maribor's Radio and Juliet makes its way to the United States for a six-performance
run at Jacob's Pillow, July 1 - 5. Choreographer Edward Clug's contemporary ballet
draws its inspiration from Shakespeare's tragic love story and is set to the music
of Radiohead, one of today's most influential alternative rock groups.
Romanian-born Clug has received awards for his choreography at ballet festivals
worldwide, and his examination of one of ballet's timeless tales continues to
mesmerize both audiences and critics alike. When the work was seen in its only other
U.S. performances to date this past fall, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, "Clug's
ballet was white hot in a way that Shakespeare could never have imagined."
"This is a beautifully conceived production performed by sleek and gorgeous
dancers," comments Ella Baff, Jacob's Pillow Executive Director. "Edward Clug
updates Shakespeare's story while remaining faithful to what makes Romeo and Juliet
a classic - conflict, drama and romance. And a complex and intriguing score by
Radiohead is the icing on the cake. "
Radio and Juliet, a work for six male dancers and one "Juliet," investigates and
reworks the tale of Romeo and Juliet. Juliet's delicate interactions with the men,
who are emblematic of the idea of pure masculinity, are starkly contrasted with
their robust and athletic bursts of virtuosity, exhibited most clearly when they are
fighting and falling for the poised Juliet. Fusing sharp, imaginative, and highly
technical movement with popular music, Clug creates an atmosphere that is at once
urgent and reflective, contemporary in style but also classic in technique. Edward
Clug performs in Radio and Juliet alongside Tijuana Krizman, Matjaz Marin, Sergiu
Moga, Gaj Zmavc, Tiberiu Marta, and Eugen Dobrescu, all soloists of Ballet Maribor,
the national ballet of Slovenia.
Clug's decision to pair Radiohead with Shakespeare was the result of his identifying
with the emotional power of the band's dynamic compositions. Video effects add
ambiance and help with abstract references to the original story. Clug will speak
more about this work in a free hour-long PillowTalk on Saturday, July 4 at 4pm.
Rolling Stone Magazine describes Radiohead's sound as "moody, melodic and explosive,
with roots planted firmly in both alternative culture and the art-rock legacy."
Since the release of their debut album Pablo Honey in 1993, the band has recorded a
total of seven albums and sold more than 25 million records. They are three-time
recipients of the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album, honored more
recently for the album In Rainbows. The Radio and Juliet score includes "Bullet
Proof I Wish I Was," "Fitter Happier," "How to Disappear," and "Idioteque," among
Edward Clug was born in Romania in 1973 and began studying classical ballet at age
10 at the National Ballet School in Cluj, Romania. In 1991, he became a soloist for
Slovenian National Theatre, a company of drama, opera, and ballet ensembles in
Maribor, Slovenia. There he danced in productions of Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Romeo
and Juliet, and Carmen, and in 2003 was appointed head of the Ballet Maribor. Clug
has received recognition for his work since 1996 when he served as choreographer for
the Theatre Maribor's production of Babylon, directed by Tomas Pandur. He has won
awards at international dance festivals such as the National Ballet Competition in
Ljubljana, Slovenia; the International Ballet Competition in Nagoya, Japan; the
International Ballet Competition in Moscow; and Germany's International
Choreographers Competition. In 2005, Clug was awarded the "Preseren Fund,"
Slovenia's prestigious acknowledgment of cultural achievement. He and his company
have toured Slovenia and abroad, traveling to festivals and venues in countries such
as Croatia, Austria, France, Italy, Israel, and Greece.
For more information visit www.jacobspillow.org
Performance and Ticket Information
Wednesday, July 1 through Saturday, July 4, 8pm.
Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, 2pm.
* Free Pre-Show Talks with Jacob's Pillow Scholars-in-Residence are offered
at Blake's Barn 30 minutes before every performance.
* Thursday, July 2, Ballet Maribor performers or artistic personnel will
participate in a moderated Post-Show Talk, on stage immediately following the
* Tickets are $58 each, with discounts available for subscribers, seniors,
students, and children age 16 and under.
* Box Office hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am - 6pm, and Sunday 11am - 6pm.
* To purchase by phone, call the Box Office at 413.243.0745. To order
* Pillow Members receive exclusive benefits. To become a Member call
Jacob's Pillow is located at 358 George Carter Road in Becket, MA, 01223 (10 minutes
east on Route 20 from Mass Pike Exit 2). The Jacob's Pillow campus and theaters are
Free Events at the Pillow July 1 - 5
PillowTalks in Blake's Barn: Mapping Movement, Wednesday, July 1 at 5pm. Ann
Hutchinson Guest, the world's foremost expert on dance notation, and Brenda Connors,
strategic researcher for the Naval War College, discuss what the world can learn
from analyzing movement. On Saturday, July 4 at 4pm, Edward Clug talks about his
work on Radio and Juliet in New Directions for Slovenia and Beyond.
Free Inside/Out performances at 6:30pm: Wednesday, July 1. Dawn Lane, an alumna of
The School at Jacob's Pillow, brings together The Moving Company and Berkshire
County dancers in a performance of common ground. Dawn Lane & Co.'s performance
also showcases third graders from Becket Washington Elementary who will perform
Signature Dance, a work learned during a Jacob's Pillow Curriculum in Motion®
residency. Curriculum in Motion is a program created by the Pillow in which the
choreographic process drives student-directed learning. Thursday, July 2,
Cambridge-based Prometheus Dance presents emotionally-charged, theatrical works that
use dance to comment upon today's social issues. The Boston Herald calls the group
"one of the most intellectually challenging, visually stunning and physically
gratifying companies in the area." Friday, July 3, Soul Steps & Youth Alive Step
Team uses call and response, storytelling and audience interaction in a high-energy
performance. The Youth Alive Step Team, from Pittsfield, Mass., joins Soul Steps in
a frenzy of diverse rhythmic sounds and patterns. Saturday, July 4, The School at
Jacob's Pillow-Cultural Traditions: The Hip-Hop Continuum, presents works by Moncell
Durden, Marjory Smarth and the legendary Mr. Wiggles. This performance concludes
the students' first week of rigorous study under the direction of award-winning
choreographer Rennie Harris.
Ongoing Free Exibits: In Blake's Barn, A Dance to Jules Feiffer, an exclusive
exhibition created for and debuting at Jacob's Pillow that focuses on the dance
imagery of renowned cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jules Feiffer and Alvin
Ailey: Anniversary Salute which celebrates the 50th anniversary season of Alvin
Ailey American Dance Theater with rare photographs by John Lindquist and John Van
Lund. In the Ted Shawn Theatre lobby, The Art of Merce Cunningham, a tribute to
Cunningham's 90th birthday that documents his collaborations with distinctive visual
artists with costumes, sketches, posters, and other artifacts from the Merce
Cunningham Dance Foundation Archives. Outsiders, a selection of open-air images of
dance at the Pillow including classics by John Lindquist and John Van Lund, in
Bakalar Studio, and Tap!, a photography exhibit featuring acclaimed artists such as
Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Dianne Walker, and others, in the Doris
Duke Theatre Lobby.
Other Free Activities
The Archives at Jacob's Pillow allows impromptu visitors to view videos, browse
through books, access the Pillow's computer catalog, or peruse permanent collections
of Pillow programs and photographs. Pillow Interactive, a popular touch-screen
kiosk, provides instant interlinked access to rare film clips ranging from the
present day back to the 1930s.
Patrons are always welcome to explore the historic grounds to discover all the
reasons why the Pillow was named a National Historic Landmark, with Guided Tours
leaving from the Welcome Center every Friday and Saturday at 5:30pm. Self-guided
tour maps are available in the Welcome Center.
Visitors can also relax in the historic Tea Garden, where Ted Shawn's Men Dancers
welcomed the first Pillow audiences in the 1930s, as they peek into the Bakalar
Studio to watch rehearsals; or stroll through several ecological zones on the
Wetlands Trail, created as part of the Pillow's responsible stewardship of its 163
acres of rural environment.
Morning Jumpstart Classes offered in Pilates, Ballet, Modern, and Arab-American
Tribal Fusion, Mondays through Thursdays at 8am. All experience levels, 16 and
older, $8 per class, Ruth St. Denis Studio. Call the Education Hotline at
Weekly Master Classes are led by Festival artists Sundays at 10:30am to noon for
intermediate and advanced dancers, $15 per class. Pre-registration is required;
quiet observation is welcome at no charge. Call the Education Hotline at
The School at Jacob's Pillow is open to public observation Tuesdays through
Saturdays, 9am-5pm, featuring world renowned faculty at no charge. Interested
groups of four or more should confirm space availability by calling 413.243.9919
The Pillow Café offers fine dining with wine service under the tent on The Great
Lawn. Wednesdays through Saturdays, dinner is served 5-7pm. Reservations are
required, call 413.243.2455 after June 15.
The Pillow Pub offers casual family fare, takeout for picnics, and full bar service.
Wednesdays through Fridays 5pm-midnight, Saturdays noon-midnight, and Sundays
The Coffee Bar and Ice Cream Bar are open pre-performance and during intermissions.
Sample menus for each dining venue are available at www.jacobspillow.org
<http://www.jacobspillow.org/> . Pillow patrons are also invited to bring picnics
and relax at one of many picnic spots on the Pillow grounds.
Support for Jacob's Pillow Dance comes, in part, from the Massachusetts Cultural
Council, a state agency.
As of May 2009, major support for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival has been provided
by: Anonymous; The Barrington Foundation, Inc.; Council for Cultural Affairs in
Taiwan; Cultural Services of the French Embassy; The Gladys Krieble Delmas
Foundation; Frances Alexander Family Fund; The Howard Gilman Foundation; The
Florence Gould Foundation; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; The William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation; The Leir Charitable Foundations, In Memory of Henry J. Leir; The
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; National Foundation for
Advancement in the Arts; Evelyn Stefansson Nef Foundation; New England Foundation
for the Arts; The New York Community Trust-Wallace Special Projects Fund; "Leading
for the Future Initiative," a program of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, funded by the
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation;
Bessie Pappas Charitable Foundation; The Prospect Hill Foundation; Neal Rantoul
Foundation; Arch W. Shaw Foundation; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; Taipei Cultural
Center of TECO in New York; Trust for Mutual Understanding; Massachusetts Cultural
Council, a state agency; MassDevelopment; Massachusetts Office of Travel and
Tourism; National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts as part of
American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius; U.S. Department of
Education; ALEX®; ; Big Y World Class Market; Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance
Foundation; The Legacy Banks Foundation; Pilgrim Inn; Quality Inn; Rodeway Inn;
Super 8 Motel Lee; WGBY-Public Television for Western New England; The Pillow
Business Alliance; and Jacob's Pillow Members.
Major endowment support is provided by The Barrington Foundation, Inc.; The William
Randolph Hearst Foundation; The Leir Charitable Foundations, In Memory of Henry J.
Leir; 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 Surdna Foundation.