Most Recent Playlist - Black Voices
In addition to the newly-compiled video clips in this playlist, the impressive history of black artists at Jacob’s Pillow can be sampled in the extended video excerpts and documentation contained within John Perpener’s Dance of the African Diaspora essays as well as in an entirely different playlist that ranges from 1942 through 2017.
Widely considered to be a signature work, Discongio allows us to see Robert Moses displaying the qualities that made him a standout performer with ODC/San Francisco and Twyla Tharp.
Savion Glover, 2005
Though he’s seen here in a solo, a notable aspect of this 2005 engagement by Savion Glover was the program’s inclusion of two Glover mentors, Dianne Walker and Jimmy Slyde.
Battleworks Dance Company
Strange Humors, 2003
Now best known as the director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Robert Battle brought his first company, Battleworks, to the Pillow in 2003.
Garth Fagan Dance
Oatka Trail, 2002
When Garth Fagan wanted to make a film of his classic Oatka Trail, he came up with the idea of shooting it on the stage of the Ted Shawn Theatre with the back stage doors open to the great outdoors.
Rennie Harris Puremovement
Rome and Jewels, 2000
Much in the same way that West Side Story translated Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the musical theater stage, Rennie Harris started with the same source and used the language of hip hop to create Rome and Jewels.
Willow Song, 1998
A mentor to Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Dianne McIntyre premiered a new solo in the same season when Zollar presented her Self-Portrait, using the traditional spiritual “Kumbaya” as her inspiration.
Donald Byrd/The Group
"Jazz 1" from Jazz Train, 1998
Donald Byrd’s full-evening Jazz Train covers so much territory that it is represented here by two short excerpts, showing both a silent group section and a dynamic duet.
Ronald K. Brown
Awassa Astrige (Ostrich), 1997
In a nod to the landmark Pillow appearance of African dance pioneer Asadata Dafora in 1942, Ronald K. Brown revived one of Dafora’s trademark solos for one special Gala appearance.
There are multiple layers to be mined in this solo by Ralph Lemon, which utilizes an interview with pioneering tap dancer LaVaughn Robinson (1927-2008) as its sound score.
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, 1990
One of the enduring classics of African-American dance, Donald McKayle’s Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder finds artistry and poetry in the movement of an imaginary chain gang.
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, 1984
Seen here in her first Pillow performance, Blondell Cummings created her own unique style with roots in both sign language and photographic imagery.
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David Roussève/REALITY, Urban Bush Women, Nora Chipaumire, Robert Moses + 14 others
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, Companhia Urbana de Dança, Dance Theatre of Harlem + 16 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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