Most Recent Playlist - Indigenous Dance of the Americas
A full week of activities at Jacob’s Pillow in 2019 was designated as The Land On Which We Dance, in honor of the Indigenous peoples of the Mohican, Nipmuc, Pocumtuc, and Agawam tribes who originally inhabited this area. As part of the contemporary celebration, we looked back upon decades of Indigenous presentations on all three Pillow stages, with representations here of both the 2019 gathering and some of what came before.
Christopher K. Morgan & Artists
This California-born artist explores his Hawaiian ancestry in contemporary explorations of social and cultural issues. He was integrally involved in planning The Land On Which We Dance, along with Sandra Laronde and Larry Spotted Crow Mann.
Smoke Dance and Side Step, 2019
These are two distinct dances, the first known for its fast beats and fiery footwork while the second is a jingle dress dance, a staple of contemporary powwows.
Men's Fancy War Dance, 2019
One of the most popular dances in contemporary powwow performances and competitions, this dance is presented here by Kenneth Shirley, who participated in the virtual inaugural parade for President Joe Biden.
Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers
Calumet and Eastern Blanket Dance, 2019
The traditions seen here are native to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, presented by tribes from Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.
Hoop Dance (not traditional), 2019
Also a dancer with Red Sky Performance, Cameron Fraser-Monroe presents his own version of a hoop dance. It is informed not only by years of training with traditional artists, but it also reflects his studies with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.
Red Sky Performance
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers
Recipient of a 2019 New York Dance and Performance Award (familiarly known as a Bessie) for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance, Louis Mofsie has been a major force behind the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers since its founding in 1963.
Hālau I Ka Wēkiu
E Pele, E Pele, 2008
Although the all-male dance seen here seems to indicates otherwise, this O’ahu-based company includes both men and women. The group celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008 by embarking on an East Coast tour which included a stop at Jacob’s Pillow.
American Indian Dance Theater
The full-evening work entitled Kotuwokan is represented here by two traditional dance excerpts, but another notable aspect of this production was a section entitled “New Dance” that was created by modern dance choreographer Laura Dean.
Halau Hula O Hoakalei
Aia Moloka'i Ku'u Iwa, 1990
This company performed in two consecutive Pillow seasons—first in the Ted Shawn Theatre and then in the Duke—and both times on a program shared with an all-male hula troupe. The group’s late founder is featured in this rare footage.
Ka Pā Hula Hawai'i Hula
Awala Tai ehu I Ka Moana, 1989
Seen here in their only Pillow appearance, these dancers represent one of three companies sharing a program devoted to Native American Dance and Music, presented in the Ted Shawn Theatre.
American Indian Dance Theater
Traditional Dances, 1989
These dance excerpts document the Pillow debut of a company that would go on to perform twice more in the Ted Shawn Theatre—receiving even greater attention in two appearances on the PBS television series, Great Performances.
Halau Hula O Hoakalei
Hoopuka e ka la, 1989
In the first of two back-to-back Pillow engagements, this Hawaiian company invited nature into the scene by performing with the back stage doors of the Ted Shawn Theatre open to the elements.
Tom Two Arrows
Iroquois Indian Dance, 1949
This is the unique “time capsule” that opened each performance by Red Sky in 2019, a 70-year-old silent film of Tom Two Arrows at Jacob’s Pillow, accompanied live by the musicians of Red Sky.
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Indigenous Dance of the Americas
Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Tyrenn Lodgepole, Shae LeBeau, Kenneth Shirley + 14 others
Broadway & Ballroom
Miami City Ballet, Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program Ensemble, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Doug Elkins and Friends + 10 others
Black Artists in the Duke
Urban Bush Women, PHILADANCO!, Paramodernities by Netta Yerushalmy, Souleymane Badolo + 14 others
New in the Duke
Sara Mearns and Honji Wang, Maya Beiser & Wendy Whelan, Ephrat Asherie Dance, Dormeshia, Jason Samuels Smith, & Derick K. Grant + 16 others
Caleb Teicher and Company with Conrad Tao, Adam H. Weinert, Miami City Ballet, John Heginbotham + 10 others
Ballet Austin, Compañía Irene Rodríguez, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Che Malambo + 12 others
Solo Women (in White)
Dance Theatre of Harlem, Nina Ananiashvili, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Eiko Otake + 10 others
Paul Taylor Dance Company, Caleb Teicher & Company, Seán Curran Company, Rosy Co. + 8 others
Bill T. Jones, Michael Moschen, Steve Paxton, Mikhail Baryshnikov + 12 others
More Black Voices
Micaela Taylor's TL Collective, Garth Fagan Dance, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Sarita Allen & Stephen Smith + 16 others
Charlotte Ballet, Umanoove, Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston, Emma Portner + 8 others
Trey McIntyre, Ice Dance International, LAFA & Artists, Buglisi/Foreman Dance + 8 others
Martha Graham Dance Company, Abby Z and the New Utility, Meredith Monk, David Gordon/Pick Up Performance Co(s) + 11 others
David Roussève/REALITY, Nora Chipaumire, Robert Moses, Savion Glover + 12 others
Compañía Irene Rodríguez, Sayat Nova Dance Company, Lakshmi Vishwanathan, Myung Soo Kim + 8 others
Reggie Wilson / Fist & Heel Performance Group, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company featuring Sara Mearns, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Bill Irwin + 12 others
Caleb Teicher and Company with Conrad Tao, Sara Mearns and Honji Wang, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Mark Morris Dance Group + 11 others
Boston Ballet, Adam H. Weinert, Hālau I Ka Wēkiu, David Dorfman Dance + 10 others
Ballet BC, Circa, Ragamala Dance Company, Miami City Ballet + 8 others
New in 2018
Ephrat Asherie Dance, Pilobolus, Paramodernities by Netta Yerushalmy, Dorrance Dance + 3 others
Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Donald Byrd/The Group, Contraband + 18 others
Kinetic Light, Project Fukurow, 33 Fainting Spells, CoisCéim Dance Theatre + 7 others
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Susan Marshall & Company, Parsons Dance Company + 8 others
Bereishit Dance Company, MADBOOTS DANCE, The Wondertwins, Tere O'Connor Dance + 8 others
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Eastman, ODC/Dance, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Ragamala Dance Company + 8 others
Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Jumaane Taylor, Companhia Urbana de Dança, Dance Theatre of Harlem + 16 others
Houston Ballet, Janis Claxton Dance, Collage Dance Collective, James Whiteside Presents + 12 others
Adam H. Weinert, Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass, Ko & Edge Co., Dana Reitz / Jennifer Tipton + 7 others
In The Round
Faye Driscoll, Eiko Otake, Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion, Compagnie Felix Ruckert + 5 others
Directing from Offstage
Dorrance Dance, Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Jessica Lang Dance, Henri Oguike Dance Company + 8 others
Rites of Spring
Ballet BC, Martha Graham Dance Company, Compagnie Heddy Maalem, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 + 2 others
Big Dance Theater, New York Theatre Ballet, David Roussève / REALITY, Companhia Urbana de Dança + 6 others
Compagnia TPO, LeeSaar The Company, La Otra Orilla, zoe | juniper + 2 others
Alicia Alonso & Erik Bruhn, Ballet Maribor, Carte Blanche, Hofesh Shechter Company + 7 others
Jacob's Pillow Dance Award Winners
Faye Driscoll, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Liz Gerring Dance Company + 8 others
Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, Tere O'Connor Dance, Nora Kaye & Hugh Laing, Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance + 10 others
Carmen de Lavallade, Lucas Hoving, Reggie Wilson / Fist & Heel Performance Group, Kyle Abraham + 4 others
Circa, David Dorfman Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group, Twyla Tharp + 2 others
Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM, Jane Comfort and Company, Basil Twist, Teatro Hugo & Inés + 2 others
New Work Created at the Pillow
Dorrance Dance, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc., Dance Heginbotham, Jonah Bokaer + 4 others
Patricia Bowman, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Emily Frankel & Mark Ryder, Mark Morris Dance Group + 3 others
Shantala Shivalingappa, La Otra Orilla, LeeSaar The Company, Pichet Klunchun + 4 others
Wendy Whelan, Jessica Lang Dance, 3e Étage, Johan Renvall & Madeleine Onne + 9 others
Dances with Spoken Word
BODYTRAFFIC, Liz Gerring Dance Company, Martha @ The Pillow, Joe Goode Performance Group + 4 others
Brian Brooks Moving Company, O Vertigo Danse, Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, Ann Reinking & Gary Chryst + 4 others
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Vertigo Dance Company, DanzAbierta, Chunky Move + 5 others
Debuts and Farewells
Daniel Ulbricht / Ballet 2014, Trey McIntyre Project, The Wondertwins, Bad Boys of Dance + 10 others
Dance Heginbotham, Dorrance Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group, Tero Saarinen Company and The Boston Camerata + 4 others
Circa, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc., Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company + 4 others
The Hong Kong Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Decadancetheatre, Inbal Pinto + 4 others
The Pillow Remembers
Carmen de Lavallade, Chandralekha Group, Universal Ballet Company, Richard Cragun + 4 others
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