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The Season Opening Gala has been the occasion for many “one-time-only” presentations at Jacob’s Pillow since the 1970s, as evidenced by these examples from various genres, spanning the decades.
Princess Lockerooo and The Fabulous Waack Dancers, 2023
This special site-specific presentation took place in a tent on the Great Lawn, as a precursor to all the excitement that was about to begin inside.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
This Bitter Earth, 2023
The score for Christopher Wheeldon’s timeless duet remixes Dinah Washington’s 1960 vocals with Max Richter’s “On the Nature of Daylight,” a mashup that was first created for a 2010 Martin Scorcese film.
A.I.M by Kyle Abraham
Show Pony, 2023
Although this dance was presented as a last-minute substitute for another Kyle Abraham work, it made a perfect offering to celebrate Misty Copeland’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, concerning itself with “the pressures of being on display and having to deliver.”
Sonata for Two Cellos, 2001
This extremely rare solo by José Limón has only been performed four times since its creation in 1961—and one of those performances is seen here in a powerful excerpt.
Caleb Teicher & Company
With live music provided by beatboxer Chris Celiz, this rousing group work kicked off a season that included a weeklong engagement by Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao in the Doris Duke Theatre.
Less Amor, 2019
Though the Trey McIntyre Project gave its final performances at the Pillow in 2014, McIntyre continues to create, as can be seen in this world premiere for the 2019 Gala.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Come Sunday, 2018
This solo by Geoffrey Holder was presented as a special tribute to the originator of the role, Carmen de Lavallade, who served as Honorary Chair of the 2018 Gala.
Miami City Ballet
Carousel Pas de Deux, 2017
Sir Kenneth MacMillan choreographed this pas de deux for the 1992 London revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, also seen on Broadway in the following season.
Wendy Whelan & Lloyd Knight
"Moon" from Canticle for Innocent Comedians, 2013
This duet from Martha Graham’s Canticle for Innocent Comedians is the only surviving portion of a 1952 work that is otherwise considered to be lost.
The Dying Swan, 2010
Nearly 30 years after she began her career with the Bolshoi Ballet, Nina Ananiashvili presented a definitive performance of this Fokine classic, shared here in its entirety.
Solo Performance, 2002
The performance seen here marked Savion Glover’s Jacob’s Pillow debut, followed three years later by a week-long engagement featuring two of his mentors, Jimmy Slyde and Dianne Walker.
Gregory Hines, Dianne Walker, Jimmy Slyde
Gala Performance, 1996
Cameras were fortunately rolling on the one-and-only occasion when Gregory Hines visited the Pillow to jam with two of his favorite dancing partners.
Carmen de Lavallade
Portrait of Billie, 1992
As a special tribute to choreographer John Butler, who attended this singular performance, Carmen de Lavallade revived the work he had created on her more than 30 years earlier.
Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks, 1987
As part of a multi-week residency, Yoshiko Chuma presented this unique performance on the Pillow’s Great Lawn, which had been inaugurated the previous summer.
Marge Champion and Blake Champion
Just a year before Blake Champion was killed in a car accident, he danced with his mother for this special tribute to his father, Gower Champion.
Peter Maxwell & Vicki Regan
Miller Melange, 1982
In extra-close proximity to their audience in the Bakalar Studio, this ballroom dance duo offered a sneak preview of the program they would present the following month in the Ted Shawn Theatre, entitled “Winning Teams.”
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Lil Buck, Bill Irwin, Princess Lockerooo and The Fabulous Waack Dancers, Dance Theatre of Harlem + 20 others
European Contemporary Dance
Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Eastman, Company Wang Ramirez, Tero Saarinen Company and The Boston Camerata + 8 others
Royal Danish Ballet, Daniil Simkin's "INTENSIO", 3e Étage, Ballet Genève + 8 others
Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, BODYTRAFFIC, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Elizabeth Streb + 12 others
Dances with Dramaturgs
Liz Lerman, Kayla Hamilton, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Eastman, Nicola Gunn + 18 others
Groups of Guys
Warwick Gombey Troupe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Eastman, Dancing Crane Georgian Ensemble, Roy Assaf Dance + 8 others
Black Artists in the Duke
Urban Bush Women, PHILADANCO!, Paramodernities by Netta Yerushalmy, Souleymane Badolo + 16 others
Ladies of Hip-Hop Dance Collective, The New York Korean Performing Arts Center, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company + 17 others
Loni Landon, Michelle N. Gibson with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra / NOJO 7, Eiko Otake, Maya Beiser & Wendy Whelan + 16 others
Miami City Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Sayat Nova Dance Company + 16 others
Taylor Stanley, Sara Mearns, Gonzalo Garcia, Gilbert Bolden III, Nélida Tirado, Jasmine Hearn + 11 others
SW!NG OUT, Irene Rodríguez, Limón Dance Company, Music From The Sole + 23 others
Now & Then
Taylor Stanley, Talley Beatty, New York Theatre Ballet, Tatiana Grantzeva, Nicholas Polajenko, Ralph McWilliams + 12 others
YoungArts at Jacob's Pillow
Mythili Prakash, Loni Landon, Boston Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre + 18 others
Debuts Al Fresco
LaTasha Barnes, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company featuring Sara Mearns, Charlotte Ballet, Emma Portner + 12 others
Poetry in Motion
Brian Brooks Moving Company, Compañía Irene Rodríguez, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Jessica Lang Dance + 12 others
Ballet Coast to Coast
Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet + 16 others
Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Archie Burnett, New England Soul Line Dance Network, David Roussève/REALITY + 16 others
Beyond the Proscenium
Brian Brooks, Dorrance Dance, Cirque Barcode and Acting for Climate Montréal, Emily Johnson / Catalyst + 18 others
Blondell Cummings, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Adam H. Weinert, Reggie Wilson / Fist & Heel Performance Group + 7 others
Okwui Okpokwasili & Peter Born, jumatatu m. poe, ZviDance, Miami City Ballet + 12 others
Hispanic and Latinx Artists
Ballet Hispánico, CONTRA-TIEMPO, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, ARIAS Company + 12 others
Artists of the Grand Union
Clive Thompson DanceCompany, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Martha @ The Pillow + 8 others
Asian and Asian-American
Sahomi Tachibana, Eiko Otake, Koma Otake, Reona Seo + 20 others
Irene Rodríguez, Compañía Irene Rodríguez, Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe, La Otra Orilla + 10 others
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
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, 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, Urban Bush Women, Collage Dance Collective, Joseph Wiggan, Josette Wiggan-Freund + 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
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, Ballet BC, Companhia Urbana de Dança + 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
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dormeshia, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Jumaane Taylor + 18 others
Stars of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, Janis Claxton Dance, Collage Dance Collective + 13 others
Adam H. Weinert, Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass, Ko & Edge Co., Dana Reitz / Jennifer Tipton + 7 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, Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company, Liz Gerring Dance Company, Martha @ The Pillow + 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
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, The Washington Ballet, Dance Heginbotham, Dorrance Dance + 12 others
Circa, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc., Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company + 4 others
Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Hong Kong Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet + 6 others
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