An ever-growing collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today,
plus multi-media essays and a related podcast.
Most Recent Playlist - Groups of Guys
When Pillow founder Ted Shawn began his career in the early 20th century, it was a generally accepted premise that “men don’t dance” and he set out to disprove this assumption with his company of men dancers. The multiplicity of examples in this playlist demonstrate how far we have come, with an entirely different sampling of performances collected in a playlist entitled Men Dancers.
Warwick Gombey Troupe, 2022
This company traveled all the way from Bermuda to share their traditional dance style, reuniting these artists with a geographic area where similar dances would have been practiced by Indigenous peoples in centuries past.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Eastman
Fractus V, 2018
This remarkable choreographer of Belgian/Moroccan descent crafted a work for six men called Fractus V, performing himself as part of the ensemble.
Dancing Crane Georgian Ensemble
Lost Legends – Dances from Georgia, 2018
One of the most distinctive aspects of the technique practiced by this Brooklyn-based company is the traditional tseruli, or men dancing on their toes.
Roy Assaf Dance
The Hill, 2017
This Israeli company made its U.S. debut in the performance seen here, with a dance that takes its name and inspiration from one of the fiercest battles of the Six-Day War in 1967.
Che Malambo, 2016
These Argentinian dancers proudly display their roots in West African dance, Irish step dance, tango, and flamenco.
Compagnie Hervé Koubi
Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (What the Day Owes to the Night), 2016
After he learned of his own Algerian ancestry, French choreographer Hervé Koubi began developing a dance style that explores his roots.
Luna Negra Dance Theater
This dance by Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo was inspired by the spirit of Brazilian soap operas and the masculine world of Samba, where men express not only their love and devotion to women, but also their troubles and melancholy.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Le Lac des Cygnes (Swan Lake, Act II), 2010
Dancing en travesti is a time-honored tradition, though this popular all-male company is not the kind that Ted Shawn had in mind when he launched his crusade for men in dance.
Rennie Harris Puremovement
Rennie Harris himself can be seen in this dance, which has been described as “a paean to the redemptive power of movement joined to rhythm.”
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, 1990
Choreographer Donald McKayle’s own company performed his iconic work here in both 1961 and 1963, and he staged this revival for DCDC.
Ted Shawn's Men Dancers
Kinetic Molpai, 1937
Often recognized as Shawn’s most significant work for the Men Dancers, Kinetic Molpai was notably restaged for a hand-picked group headed by Norman Walker in 1962.
Ted Shawn's Men Dancers
Finale from The New World, 1936
This excerpt from an early Ted Shawn work represents a genre that he referred to as a music visualization; pure movement that was motivated by a desire to “illustrate” a musical score.
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Groups of Guys
Warwick Gombey Troupe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Eastman, Dancing Crane Georgian Ensemble, Roy Assaf Dance + 8 others
Black Artists in the Duke
Urban Bush Women, PHILADANCO!, Paramodernities by Netta Yerushalmy, Souleymane Badolo + 16 others
Ladies of Hip-Hop Dance Collective, The New York Korean Performing Arts Center, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company + 17 others
Loni Landon, Michelle N. Gibson with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra / NOJO 7, Eiko Otake, Maya Beiser & Wendy Whelan + 16 others
Miami City Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Sayat Nova Dance Company + 16 others
Taylor Stanley, Taylor Stanley, Dance Heginbotham, Dallas Black Dance Theatre + 11 others
SW!NG OUT, Irene Rodríguez, Limón Dance Company, Music From The Sole + 23 others
Now & Then
Taylor Stanley, Talley Beatty, New York Theatre Ballet, Tatiana Grantzeva, Nicholas Polajenko, Ralph McWilliams + 12 others
YoungArts at Jacob's Pillow
Mythili Prakash, Loni Landon, Boston Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre + 18 others
Debuts Al Fresco
LaTasha Barnes, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company featuring Sara Mearns, Charlotte Ballet, Emma Portner + 12 others
Poetry in Motion
Brian Brooks Moving Company, Compañía Irene Rodríguez, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Jessica Lang Dance + 12 others
Ballet Coast to Coast
Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet + 16 others
Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Archie Burnett, New England Soul Line Dance Network, David Roussève/REALITY + 16 others
Beyond the Proscenium
Brian Brooks, Dorrance Dance, Cirque Barcode and Acting for Climate Montréal, Emily Johnson / Catalyst + 18 others
Blondell Cummings, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Adam H. Weinert, Reggie Wilson / Fist & Heel Performance Group + 7 others
Okwui Okpokwasili & Peter Born, jumatatu m. poe, ZviDance, Miami City Ballet + 12 others
Hispanic and Latinx Artists
Ballet Hispánico, CONTRA-TIEMPO, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, ARIAS Company + 12 others
Artists of the Grand Union
Clive Thompson DanceCompany, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Martha @ The Pillow + 8 others
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
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, Urban Bush Women, Collage Dance Collective, Joseph Wiggan, Josette Wiggan-Freund + 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
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, Ballet BC, Companhia Urbana de Dança + 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
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dormeshia, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Jumaane Taylor + 18 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
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, Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company, Liz Gerring Dance Company, Martha @ The Pillow + 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
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, The Washington Ballet, Dance Heginbotham, Dorrance Dance + 12 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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