Most Recent Playlist - Large Ensembles
The 2022 stage expansion in the Ted Shawn Theatre offers an opportunity to recall occasions when this and other Pillow stages were filled with ten or more performers. Sometimes more is more!
Miami City Ballet
Filling the expanded stage of the Ted Shawn Theatre and fully utilizing the new orchestra pit for the first time, Miami City Ballet deployed 26 dancers and 17 musicians to bring George Balanchine’s Serenade to the Pillow.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Crossing The Rubicon: Passing the Point of No Return, 2022
Donald McKayle enjoyed a special relationship with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and his final work made full use of the company’s resources to dramatize the plight of refugees in today’s world.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Like Water, 2021
For Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s first engagement here, the Pillow awarded its initial Joan B. Hunter New Work Commission to Darrell Grand Moultrie, resulting in this full-company premiere.
Sayat Nova Dance Company
"Groonger" from A Journey to Armenia, 2019
This Boston-based company preserves and promotes Armenian culture, as evidenced in this work by its director/choreographer, Apo Ashjian. This ‘Dance of the Cranes’ evokes the cranes that served as messengers of hope during the Armenian genocide of 1915.
Bedroom Folk, 2019
Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal created this work for Nederlands Dans Theater in 2015, but it wasn’t seen in the U.S. until Canada’s Ballet BC brought it here in 2019.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
The 40s, 2018
This signature work by Hubbard Street founder Lou Conte was included on most of the company’s Pillow programs during the 1980s and 90s, but had been unseen at the Pillow for nearly 25 years when it was brought back to celebrate Hubbard Street’s 40th anniversary.
Batsheva - The Young Ensemble
Naharin's Virus, 2018
Ohad Naharin’s program note for this work credited “an Israeli-American choreographer, an Austrian writer, Arab and Israeli musicians, and dancers from around the world,” reminding us that it sometimes takes many such elements “to create sublime moments that we could not have created alone.”
Before this Pillow engagement, FLEXN had been performed in New York City’s gargantuan Park Avenue Armory, with co-creator Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray appearing alongside his performers in a production overseen by visionary director Peter Sellars.
Compagnie Hervé Koubi
Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (What the Day Owes to the Night), 2016
These 17 performers are all self-taught street dancers from Algeria and Burkina Faso, brought together by the French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi to create a kinetic exploration of his roots.
New York Theatre Ballet
Dark Elegies, 2016
As this playlist’s sole offering from the Doris Duke Theatre, this is also one of only two works that dates from the Pillow’s first decade, and it was the first time that Antony Tudor’s contemporary classic had been presented here in more than 60 years.
Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program Ensemble
"The Battle of Yorktown" from Hamilton, 2014
Broadway choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler worked with all 24 members of the Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program to help flesh out ideas he would employ in Hamilton when it premiered off-Broadway six months later.
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Dame Libby Komaiko (1949-2019), created this signature work for her Chicago-based company in 1993, and it remained every bit as effective more than two decades later when the group made its Pillow debut.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Lark Ascending, 2013
Alvin Ailey created this work for his own company in 1972, but it looks remarkably at home on the Dance Theatre of Harlem, marking the first production of The Lark Ascending in which the dancers are on pointe.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Carmina Burana, 2012
Argentinian choreographer Mauricio Wainrot packed 20 dancers into his interpretation of Carl Orff’s powerful musical score, retaining Orff’s structure but creating an essentially abstract work.
Hālau I Ka Wēkiu
E Pele, E Pele, 2008
Although the company includes both male and female dancers, this chant for 14 male dancers seems perfectly attuned to its performance site, founded decades earlier by another group of men dancers.
Compagnie Heddy Maalem
Le Sacre du Printemps, 2008
These 14 dancers hail from Mali, Bénin, Senegal, Nigeria, and Guadeloupe, while choreographer Heddy Maalem was born to an Arab father and a French mother. He began working with African dancers in a project called Black Spring, and he conceived his Rite of Spring as an “echo” of that earlier work.
The 34 performers in this work represent thousands of New Yorkers who have appeared with Batotu Yetu since its founding in 1990 under the direction of Júlio Leitão.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Songs of the Wanderers, 2002
Not only is the stage populated by 17 performers in this 1994 work by Lin Hwai-Min, but hundreds of pounds of rice play an important role as well, especially in this climactic moment.
The One Hundreds, 2001
The title sums it up, as Twyla Tharp utilizes a hundred members of the community to present a hundred dance phrases in this work that originated in 1970.
Urban Bush Women
Praise House, 1990
This full-evening work, co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow, was inspired by many visionary artists—especially by the life, words, visual imagery, and paintings of Minnie Evans—and these artists are brought to life onstage in songs, dances, instrumental music, and text.
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Miami City Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Sayat Nova Dance Company + 16 others
Dorrance Dance, SW!NG OUT, Limón Dance Company, Black Grace + 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
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, 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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