Most Recent Playlist - Asian and Asian-American
Although Asian dance has been presented at the Pillow since 1941, the first moving images date from Sahomi Tachibana’s Pillow debut in 1953, which leads off this playlist. Highlighted in these videos are both Asians and Asian-Americans, either as dancers, choreographers, company directors, or all three.
Odori - Yukata, 1953
Tachibana’s Pillow appearances spanned nearly two decades, while her professional dance activities continued until she was 95. This silent film and sound recording were synchronized in 2021, and Tachibana herself has sanctioned the result—reuniting dance and music for the first time in nearly 70 years.
After first coming to the Pillow as a participant in the 2014 Tap Program in The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Reona Seo was selected by Michelle Dorrance to perform in an evening called TIRELESS: A Tap Dance Experience.
Bereishit Dance Company
This Korean company was selected for the Pillow’s first all-online season in 2020—a testament to the power of this particular duet by company director Soon-ho Park.
Through her work with Pina Bausch, Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook, and other Western artists, Shantala Shivalingappa has focused fresh attention on Indian dance.
The Hong Kong Ballet
Symphony in Three Movements, 2012
Though the choreographer and company director at the time of this Pillow debut were both Scandinavian, most of the dancers in this ensemble hail from China.
LDP / Laboratory Dance Project
Modern Feeling, 2011
Korean choreographer Insoo Lee is one of the two dancers in this duet, which won the grand prize at the Seoul International Choreographer Festival in the year it was created.
LAFA & Artists
Summer Fantasia Part I, 2009
Choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava and dancer Fang-Yi Sheu were the first Asian artists-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Sheu was also a revered principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Shen Wei Dance Arts
This group’s name is a nod to all the art forms that Shen incorporates into his work: dance, theater, Chinese opera, painting, sculpture, and a unique hybridism of Western and Eastern cultures.
Fukurow Ishikawa is a Tokyo-based kinetic artist who brings organic materials to life with technology, and this Pillow appearance marked his first full-evening presentation in the U.S.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Songs of the Wanderers, 2002
Renowned as the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese-speaking community, Cloud Gate’s roots are in Asian myths, folklore, and aesthetics.
Dance: The Spirit of Cambodia
The Pillow’s support for Cambodia’s traditional dance arts began with the first U.S. appearance by former members of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia in 1981.
Taipei Crossover Dance Company
The Dark Side of the Moon, 2001
Founded by five artists who had begun their careers with Cloud Gate, the Taipei Crossover Dance Company aimed to combine contemporary dance with other art forms.
Chinoise Flower, 2000
Originally trained in Butoh, choreographer Kota Yamazaki later turned to Western forms including ballet and modern dance in addition to studies in music and fashion design.
Myung Soo Kim
"Taepyungmu" from Kut Choom '97, 1997
Myung Soo Kim was born in Seoul and studied with traditional dance masters before making her debut as a modern dancer in 1980, and later moving to the U.S.
Min Tanaka & Cecil Taylor
Choreographer/performer Min Tanaka felt a keen kinship to Jacob’s Pillow, having co-founded the Body Weather Farm near Tokyo in order to explore the origins of dance in an agricultural life.
Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks
During a multi-week residency in the summer of 1987, the Japanese-born Yoshiko Chuma showcased her company on the Pillow’s Great Lawn in the Season Opening Gala.
Seasonal Images of a Courtesan, 1984
Combining her studies in Hong Kong and Minneapolis, Maria Cheng developed a distinctive contemporary dance style which she used in shaping solo theatrical works.
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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
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, 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
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
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
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
Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Hong Kong Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet + 6 others
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