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One of the legacies that founder Ted Shawn bestowed upon Jacob’s Pillow was his love for dances from cultures around the world. It’s a founding mission that the Pillow still wears as a badge of honor, as evidenced by these performance excerpts spanning nearly 80 years.
Compañía Irene Rodríguez
Irene Rodríguez closed her company’s 2019 performances with this virtuosic solo, a clear indication of what has made her a cultural icon in her native Havana.
Sayat Nova Dance Company
"Groonger" from A Journey to Armenia, 2019
Returning to Inside/Out from Boston for their third Pillow appearance, Sayat Nova Dance Company proved once again why they are regarded as North America’s leading Armenian dance ensemble.
Known more recently for her work with Mark Morris on Lincoln Center’s Sounds of India Festival, Lakshmi Vishwanathan has brought Indian dance to stages all over the world since 1971.
Myung Soo Kim
"Taepyungmu" from Kut Choom '97, 1997
Trained in both modern dance and traditional Korean forms, Myung Soo Kim brought her colorful costumes and rich artistry to the Inside/Out stage for one magical night.
Rostov-on-Don Folklore Ensemble
The Russian Village Festival spanned two Pillow seasons and eight distinct companies from throughout Russia, bringing dozens of dancers halfway around the world to share their folk traditions.
Jean Butler and John Jennings
Irish Step Dancing, 1988
Though she has conducted residencies at the Pillow twice in recent years, Jean Butler made her Pillow debut more than 30 years ago, well before she achieved worldwide fame in Riverdance.
As the daughter of a pioneering Indian dancer, Indrani made her U.S. debut at Jacob’s Pillow in 1960. The performance seen here was her last Pillow appearance, in which she appeared with her own daughter, Sukanya.
Carola Goya & Matteo, 1963
Both longtime Pillow faculty members, Carola Goya and Matteo were American-born specialists in Spanish dance who performed and wrote extensively in addition to teaching generations of young dancers.
The subject of a new biography, La Meri and Her Life in Dance: Performing the World, she was born Russell Meriwether Hughes. Much of her pioneering work to gain recognition for world dance forms was centered at Jacob’s Pillow as early as the 1940s.
Tom Two Arrows
Iroquois Indian Dance, 1949
This rare silent film footage was given a new soundtrack by the musicians of Red Sky Performance when it was incorporated into the company’s 2019 Pillow program.
Shagola Dances of West Africa, 1942
As part of the inaugural season in the Ted Shawn Theatre, Asadata Dafora demonstrated that dances from Africa had as much relevance as classical ballet and traditional modern dance.
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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
Indigenous Dance of the Americas
Red Sky Performance, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, American Indian Dance Theater, Halau Hula O Hoakalei + 4 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, 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
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