Most Recent Playlist - Group Dances
While there are infinite ways for a group of dancers to occupy the stage, there’s a palpable power in sheer numbers. So whether they’re dancing in unison, in counterpoint, or with some other intention in mind, these dancers are clearly in full control of the space that they occupy.
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
New Conversations, 2018
With Arturo O’Farrill and Resist playing live, New Conversations provided a rousing close to a mixed repertory program. In this section of the work, a world premiere, notice how the dancers are performing in unison even while each of their costumes is subtly different from the others.
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
Sones Jalicienses, 2016
A tribute to the state of Jalisco (which happens to be the birthplace of both mariachi music and tequila), this folkloric work offers an opportunity for the entire company to share some of Mexico’s dance and music traditions. The group is usually presented as six couples, but sometimes separated into six women and six men.
Susan Marshall & Company
The Most Dangerous Room in the House, 1998
As with the Ronald K. Brown work, this is another dance that was developed during a residency at Jacob’s Pillow. Here the groupings among these seven dancers are constantly shifting, with first one and then another individual dancer separated from the bunch.
Parsons Dance Company
Sleep Study, 1995
The humorous intentions of this piece are rewarded by the audience’s audible laughter, prompted by all-too-familiar experiences of tossing and turning. And watch how this sextet of pajama-clad dancers breaks into twos and threes at times.
Danat Danza, 1992
Similar to the Susan Marshall clip, these dancers are all very intent on accomplishing a common goal—and yet the individual members of the group are often engaged in their own activities.
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, 1990
It was a revolutionary idea to depict a chain gang on the concert dance stage when Donald McKayle created this iconic work in 1959, and it still packs a punch—even in this nearly 30-year old video clip.
Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians
In this particular section of Magnetic, Laura Dean divides her group into two unequal parts—a trio of soloists and a row of seven backup dancers, with unison movement for each subgroup.
The Washington Ballet
Double Contrasts, 1980
From the title to the costuming, it’s clear that choreographer Choo-San Goh constructed this ballet with two groups in mind—each consisting of four women and a male-female couple.
Center Ballet of Buffalo
Les Biches, 1969
These extremely rare and only recently rediscovered film fragments capture a historic reconstruction of a work originally created in 1924 by Bronislava Nijinska, sister of the legendary Nijinsky. The set leaves little room for the group sections seen here.
San Francisco Ballet
Concerto Barocco, 1956
The geometry of George Balanchine’s group choreography is always a marvel to behold. And John Lindquist’s full-color image at the end of this clip offers a closer look at the more elaborate costumes that were used before Balanchine stripped the dancers down to black-and-white basics.
Watch how Jerome Robbins deftly shifts between solo turns and groups of two or three dancers, with members of the group watching and reacting from the edges of the stage even when they’re not actively dancing. And again, stay tuned for John Lindquist’s dazzling color image at the end—and then rewatch the black-and-white footage while using your imagination!
Ted Shawn's Men Dancers
Finale from The New World, 1936
This is one of Shawn’s trademark “music visualizations,” performed only twice, though both times with live music (the Philadelphia Orchestra, no less) but fortunately filmed so that we can still see how closely Shawn coordinated his movement with the music.
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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
Black History Month
Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Jumaane Taylor, Kyle Abraham, Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company + 14 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, Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc., Aspen Santa Fe Ballet + 4 others
The Hong Kong Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Decadancetheatre, Inbal Pinto + 4 others
Groups of Guys
Ballet BC, Compagnie Käfig, Companhia Urbana de Dança, Hofesh Shechter Company + 3 others
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