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The opening week of each Jacob’s Pillow season carries with it a special energy and excitement. Revisiting these performances during the rest of the year can serve as a welcome reminder that another season begins anew each June.
What Will Have Been, 2019
Although it’s a small-scaled work—just three performers and an onstage violinist—the impact of this performance was considerable. Five years had passed since this Australian ensemble’s most recent Pillow engagement (though they conducted a Pillow Lab residency in 2018), and audiences were once again astounded by Circa’s virtuosity.
Ragamala Dance Company
Written in Water, 2018
In addition to the distinction of being the opening company of the 2018 season in the Doris Duke Theatre, it was Ragamala’s first appearance at Jacob’s Pillow. The Minneapolis-based company presented a work inspired by a 2nd century Indian board game—the precursor to today’s Chutes & Ladders.
Miami City Ballet
This engagement represented a long-awaited return, as Miami City Ballet made its first Pillow appearances in nearly 20 years—and its first here under Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez. Christopher Wheeldon’s intricate and exacting choreography was performed to a Ligeti piano score, played live.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Silent Ghost, 2016
This stunning duet by Alejandro Cerrudo served as a prominent showcase for Craig Black, who studied in The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s Contemporary Program in 2011 and performed for several years with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, since moving on to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. (And incidentally, Black returned in 2019 to perform this very duet with the choreographer’s wife as part of an offsite fundraiser known as The Pillow Case.)
New York Theatre Ballet
Full-evening classical ballets have become increasingly rare at the Pillow, but this one boasts an impressive pedigree, having premiered here in 1982 in its original production by the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
Carmen de Lavallade
As I Remember It, 2014
Not only was this the opening performance of the Doris Duke Theatre’s 2014 season, but it was the world premiere of Carmen de Lavallade’s extraordinary one-woman show.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Lark Ascending, 2013
Opening the Ted Shawn Theatre in 2013 was a special homecoming for Dance Theatre of Harlem, which had recently been relaunched after a five-year hiatus. On the program was a reworked version of Alvin Ailey’s The Lark Ascending—the first time this work had been performed on pointe.
Mimulus Dance Company
Por Um Fio, 2012
This Brazilian company’s appearance in 2012 came at a time when they had recently been seen on television screens coast-to-coast as part of the Pillow documentary, Never Stand Still. This particular work was seen in its U.S. premiere.
Romeo and Juliet, 2011
This unconventional look at a cornerstone of the 20th century ballet repertoire returned French choreographer Joëlle Bouvier to the Pillow, where she had brought her company L’Esquisse in 1989 and 1990.
Nina Ananiashvili and the State Ballet of Georgia
Thaïs Pas de Deux, 2010
One of American Ballet Theatre’s most beloved ballerinas, Nina Ananiashvili began her international career with the Bolshoi, and returned here twice as the director of her own company, the State Ballet of Georgia.
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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
Groups of Guys
Ballet BC, Compagnie Käfig, Companhia Urbana de Dança, Hofesh Shechter Company + 3 others
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