Most Recent Playlist - Strong Women
Even though one of the foundational purposes of Jacob’s Pillow was to spotlight the strength of men dancers, strong women have long been celebrated here. These are just a few examples, with many more to be found in playlists devoted to Women Together and Solo Women (in White). For a deeper dive, explore the multi-media Women in Dance essays curated by Maura Keefe.
She's Auspicious, 2023
In this Pillow-commissioned premiere, the line between Goddess and Woman is blurred, exploring the dichotomy between celebration of the Goddess versus the treatment of women in society.
Ananya Dance Theatre
Nün Gherāo: Surrounded by Salt, 2023
This company of BIPOC women and femme dancers led by Ananya Chatterjea is seen here in a historical and political work developed during a Pillow Lab residency.
Martha Graham Dance Company
"Prelude to Action" from Chronicle, 2019
This final section of Martha Graham’s Chronicle was described as a call for “a brave new world” at its premiere in 1936, and Graham characteristically envisioned herself as leading that imagined world.
Abby Z and the New Utility
abandoned playground, 2019
Abby Zbikowski examines the layered meanings of “play” in this ferociously virtuosic work, built upon years of training in tap, hip-hop, and West African dance forms.
Camille A. Brown
The Evolution of a Secured Feminine, 2010
While she had performed at the Pillow well before this with the company of Ronald K. Brown, the performance seen here marked the first time that Camille A. Brown had presented her own work at the Pillow.
Mia Michaels' R.A.W. (Reality at Work)
Transitional Illuminations, 2000
Long before she became an influential judge and contributing choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, Mia Michaels was a student in The School at Jacob’s Pillow. She’s part of the ensemble in this performance by her eponymous company.
The Fugue, 1998
Although she began making dances in the 1960s, Twyla Tharp refers to The Fugue as her Opus One, a breakthrough work that continues to be performed today by companies around the world.
Volcano Songs, 1997
This video represents the Pillow performance debut of one of America’s most original and iconic creative artists, nearly 40 years after her initial summer at Jacob’s Pillow as a teenage dance student.
David Gordon/Pick Up Performance Co(s)
"One Part of the Matter" from Parts of a Retrospective and A Work in Progress, 1996
As the life partner and muse of David Gordon, Valda Setterfield held center stage in his works for decades, bringing her own mastery as a Merce Cunningham dancer to Gordon’s idiosyncratic vision.
Ten Thoughts Slipping, 1992
Wendy Perron first performed at the Pillow in solos, later presenting her own company, teaching in The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and serving as Associate Director. In more recent years, she has continued her involvement as a speaker in several PillowTalks.
Carmen de Lavallade
Portrait of Billie, 1992
This classic solo was inspired by the music and life of Billie Holiday, premiering at the Pillow in 1960 with choreographer John Butler partnering Carmen de Lavallade. More than 30 years later, de Lavallade revived the work for this Pillow Gala performance attended by Butler.
While Pauline Koner performed her work at the Pillow many times between 1945 and 1970, none of those appearances was filmed. She took matters into her own hands while she was teaching here in 1991, improvising for the camera when she was in her 80th year.
Scene Seen, 1988
This solo by Garth Fagan was the last work created for Judith Jamison as a performer, seen here in a Pillow studio showing presented by her company, The Jamison Project.
Marge Champion and Blake Champion
Marge Champion enjoyed a close association with Jacob’s Pillow for more than 30 years until her death in 2020, serving on the Pillow board and assuring the legacies of both her and her late son Blake by donating Blake’s Barn as a home for the Pillow Archives. Her Pillow connections are further explored in this podcast episode.
The Bird Watcher (Flight from Reality), 1963
During her tenure of more than 20 years at Jacob’s Pillow, Myra Kinch both taught and performed nearly every season. The performance seen here was filmed for a Pillow documentary that was broadcast from coast to coast.
Unidentified dance by Isadora Duncan, 1942
These precious film fragments document the last major performance by one of Isadora Duncan’s adopted daughters, known as the Isadorables, who performed widely with Isadora up until 1921.
Ruth St. Denis
"The Delirium of Senses" from Radha, 1941
Though this film was made 35 years after Ruth St. Denis premiered Radha in 1906, it helps document the dawn of American modern dance, an art form that was largely created by women.
David Gordon/Pick Up Performance Co(s)
"One Part of the Matter" from Parts of a Retrospective and A Work in Progress, 1996
Mythili Prakash, Dorrance Dance, Ananya Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company + 16 others
Inspired by Ancestors
Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dana Moore, Danza Orgánica, Kyle Marshall Choreography + 16 others
Bodies in Blue
Tulsa Ballet, Oona Doherty, Ladies of Hip-Hop Dance Collective, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE + 12 others
Lil Buck, Bill Irwin, Princess Lockerooo and The Fabulous Waack Dancers, Dance Theatre of Harlem + 20 others
European Contemporary Dance
Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Eastman, Company Wang Ramirez, Tero Saarinen Company and The Boston Camerata + 8 others
Royal Danish Ballet, Daniil Simkin's "INTENSIO", 3e Étage, Ballet Genève + 8 others
Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, BODYTRAFFIC, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Elizabeth Streb + 12 others
Dances with Dramaturgs
Liz Lerman, Kayla Hamilton, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Eastman, Nicola Gunn + 18 others
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, Sara Mearns, Gonzalo Garcia, Gilbert Bolden III, Nélida Tirado, Jasmine Hearn + 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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