Most Recent Playlist - Black History Month
While Jacob’s Pillow celebrates its connections with black dance artists year-round, Black History Month offers a special opportunity to review some of the highlights from the 75 years since Asadata Dafora participated in the inaugural season of the Ted Shawn Theatre.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers
BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, 2017
Currently riding high with the Broadway revival of Once on This Island, Camille A. Brown presented her spellbinding BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play in 2017, including the powerful solo seen here.
Supreme Love, 2017
Part of Michelle Dorrance’s rousing 2017 program entitled TIRELESS, this ensemble work pays tribute to John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” with live musicians onstage and four virtuoso tap artists.
Inventing Pookie Jenkins, 2010
This solo represents Kyle Abraham’s first appearance in the Ted Shawn Theatre after first introducing his company to Pillow audiences on Inside/Out in 2009.
Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company
Serenade / The Proposition, 2010
Seen here is Serenade/The Proposition, one of three works Bill T. Jones created to commemorate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
"I Wanna Be Ready" from Revelations, 2007
“I Wanna Be Ready” was added to Revelations when it was first performed at the Pillow in 1961, and recreated here by Matthew Rushing in 2007.
Zaccho Dance Theatre
Invisible Wings, 1998
This memorable site-specific work linked the Pillow’s past as a stop on the Underground Railroad with contemporary dance and music. In addition to this clip, much more can be found in a multi-media essay on choreographer Joanna Haigood.
Urban Bush Women
Praise House, 1990
Co-choreographed by company director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Pat Hall-Smith, Praise House was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow and presented here just weeks after its world premiere in 1990. It was inspired by the paintings and writings of Southern visionary artist Minnie Evans. Essays on Zollar and her work are now available online, one by John Perpener and another by Maura Keefe.
Flight of the Bumblebee, 1983
This tap dance legend performed at Jacob’s Pillow only once, but fortunately the cameras were rolling and we have this record of a classic Collins solo.
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Black History Month
Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Jumaane Taylor, Kyle Abraham, Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company + 14 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
Pilobolus, Joseph Wiggan, Josette Wiggan-Freund, Reona Seo, Jessica Lang Dance + 3 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
Ephrat Asherie Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Lyon Opera Ballet, Ballet Theatre + 4 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