Most Recent Playlist - Hispanic Heritage
As a frequent feature of Pillow performances since the 1940s, Hispanic dancers, choreographers, companies, and themes have long played important roles in the Festival’s history.
Compañía Irene Rodríguez
After electrifying Doris Duke Theatre audiences in her 2017 debut engagement, Irene Rodríguez brought her Cuban-based company to the Ted Shawn Theatre two years later and closed the program with this solo.
Malpaso Dance Company
Under Fire, 2015
Demonstrating how culture continues to evolve, this Havana-based company is actively committed to bringing Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century by collaborating with international choreographers such as Trey McIntyre.
Company Wang Ramirez
Sébastian Ramirez has both Spanish and Catalonian roots, while Honji Wang is of Korean and German parentage. Commenting on their diverse influences, Wang notes, “Everybody gets inspired by everybody!”
Tangueros del Sur
En el Abrazo, 2011
Best known in this country for her association with Broadway’s Forever Tango, choreographer Natalia Hills based this work for her Brazilian company on tango traditions of the 1940s and ’50s.
Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 (CND2)
Nacho Duato founded CND2 in 1999 and they made their U.S. debut at the Pillow in 2003, while the performance seen here marked the group’s final U.S. appearance as Duato left his native Spain.
Tito on Timbales, 2009
The music of Tito Puente provided the inspiration (and the title) for this work by William Whitener, who drew upon his experience with ballet, Broadway, and Twyla Tharp to create one of Ballet Hispánico’s most popular works.
El cielo está enladrillado, 1992
This Barcelona-based company made its U.S. debut at the Pillow in 1992, presenting the work of its founding directors, Sabine Dahrendorf and Alfonso Ordóñez.
Luis Rivera Spanish Dance Company
Intermezzo from the opera Goyescas, 1972
Whether leading his own troupe or performing in the companies of Ximenez-Vargas, Maria Alba, or José Molina, Luis Rivera was a regular fixture at the Pillow for more than twenty years after his 1960 debut.
Captured here is the first of only two Pillow appearances by the Mexican-born Gisela Noriega, who was noted in the press for her “finely detailed, colorful performances.”
Lupe Serrano & Royes Fernandez
Les Sylphides, 1970
Celebrated for their partnership at American Ballet Theatre in the 1950s and ’60s, these ballet stars each came from Spanish and French parentage, though Serrano was born in Chile and Fernandez hailed from Louisiana.
Carola Goya & Matteo, 1963
Although they were both born in New York, Carola Goya and Matteo were steeped in Spanish traditions and each of them widely performed, taught, lectured, and wrote about Spanish dance.
Alicia Alonso & Erik Bruhn
Pas de deux from Giselle, Act II, 1955
Known as the doyenne of ballet in Cuba for decades, Alicia Alonso only performed during one season at the Pillow but it was thankfully documented on film.
Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías, 1946
Modern dance choreographer Doris Humphrey created this work especially to draw upon Limón’s Mexican heritage, using a poem by Federico Garcia-Lorca as the text.
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Ballet Austin, Compañía 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, 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, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc., Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company + 4 others
The Hong Kong Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Decadancetheatre, Inbal Pinto + 4 others
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