Most Recent Playlist - Onstage Musicians
Aside from the extra synergy of making music and dance simultaneously, these performance clips feature musicians onstage alongside the dancers. Some additional examples (both with and without visible musicians) may be found on the Live Music playlist.
SW!NG OUT, 2022
Not only were musicians onstage for this joyous work, but audience members came onto the newly-expanded stage of the Ted Shawn Theatre as well for the “Jam” section after intermission.
My Roots, 2022
For the week leading up to this performance at the 2022 Gala, Irene Rodríguez was working with her musicians in a Pillow Lab residency to create the work seen here, part of a play entitled No Turning Back.
Limón Dance Company
Only One Will Rise, 2022
As the second work made possible by the Joan B. Hunter New Work Commission, this dance by Olivier Tarpaga was informed by the similarities between the backgrounds of the choreographer and José Limón.
Music From The Sole
I Didn't Come to Stay, 2022
It’s difficult to delineate differences between musicians and dancers in this company, especially in this clip where choreographer and company co-director Leonardo Sandoval is seen playing a drum.
Unsung Sheroes of the 20th Century, 2022
This is a mashup of two distinctive moments from a work celebrating some of Dormeshia’s inspirations from the worlds of music and dance—all of them real-life “sheroes.”
AR | DHA ("Half"), 2022
Classical Indian dance and music are inextricably linked, as evidenced in this sequence from a work that brings Bharatanatyam into the 21st century with a modern take on age-old traditions.
Warwick Gombey Troupe, 2022
This company traveled all the way from Bermuda to share their traditional dance style, reuniting these artists with an area where similar dances would have been practiced by Indigenous peoples in centuries past.
Untitled Waveforms, 2021
Although Dorrance Dance was only able to perform on the Pillow’s Leir Stage twice in 2021 because of rain, this world premiere by Nicholas Van Young was fortunately captured on video.
The Jazz Continuum, 2021
The interplay between all of the performers in The Jazz Continuum brought this new production thrillingly to life, and audiences leapt to their feet at the conclusion of each show.
Iroquois Traditional Dancers
Smoke Dance, 2021
As part of the Eastern Woodland Dances program, this commanding solo features vocalizations from dancer Jake George as well as from the onstage drummer, Al George.
Maya Beiser & Wendy Whelan
THE DAY, 2019
Cellist Maya Beiser initiated this project, which brought together choreographer Lucinda Childs, composer David Lang, and dancer Wendy Whelan in a poignant meditation on 9/11 and its effect on individual lives.
Ragamala Dance Company
Written in Water, 2018
These musicians were fully integrated into the colorful stage picture of Ragamala’s Written in Water, exploring the idea of spiritual ascension as it was manifested in an ancient Indian board game.
you'll still call me by name, 2018
Now recognized with a Tony Award for her work on Broadway’s Moulin Rouge, Sonya Tayeh brought The Bengsons into the stage picture with her innately theatrical eye.
Sara Mearns and Russell Janzen
The Bright Motion, 2015
In this rarely-seen duet created especially for City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, choreographer Justin Peck placed Michael Mizrahi and his piano onstage in the time-honored tradition of “piano ballets.”
Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program Ensemble
"The Battle of Yorktown" from Hamilton, 2014
Before Hamilton took Broadway by storm, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler tried out some of his ideas for the show on the dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, offering a sneak peek as part of this Jazz Happening performance.
O Vertigo Danse
La vie qui bat (The Beat of Life), 2013
Glimpsed several times in this clip are the marimba players who performed Steve Reich’s iconic “Drumming” alongside the dancers of this Montreal-based company.
Appalachian Clog Dance from Earthbeat! A Journey, 2010
With an incredibly diverse repertory of dances from throughout the world, here the Vanaver Caravan presents a vernacular American dance form incorporating an onstage fiddler.
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie
See #1, 2007
Echoing the Vanaver Caravan’s onstage fiddler, here’s a classical violinist in partnership with Laurence Lemieux, premiering a new work by James Kudelka.
Salia nï Seydou
All of the performers in Figninto are fully integrated into the work, visibly taking their cues from one another—as when one of the musicians takes up his lolo (or African arch) in the middle of this clip.
The exciting interaction between trumpeter Fabio Morgera and headliner Tamango take center stage in this excerpt from a full-evening work, with live video projections providing impressionistic highlights.
Dianne McIntyre & Lester Bowie
Invincible Flower, 1998
The influential jazz trumpeter and composer Lester Bowie died the year following this Pillow-commissioned collaboration with Dianne McIntyre, making this footage of their work-in-progress all the more precious.
Jazz Tap Ensemble
Con Alma, 1993
Renowned for the way in which their musicians and dancers collaborated, the Jazz Tap Ensemble created this work for a U.S. State Department tour just a few months before this performance.
Marge Champion and Blake Champion
Gathered around the piano as if at an informal musicale, all the performers at this one-time event were celebrating the life of director-choreographer Gower Champion—the only time that his former partner Marge ever performed publicly with their son Blake.
Shagola Dances of West Africa, 1942
This rare footage from the very first season in the Ted Shawn Theatre attests to the long-standing practice of musicians sharing the stage with dancers.
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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
Boston Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Caleb Teicher and Company with Conrad Tao, Ragamala Dance Company + 16 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 + 11 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
Black Artists in the Duke
Urban Bush Women, PHILADANCO!, Paramodernities by Netta Yerushalmy, Souleymane Badolo + 14 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, 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
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, 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
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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