Most Recent Playlist - Piano Music
Providing a powerful connection with the Pillow’s roots, piano music bridges the decades from our beginnings in the 1930s to the present day. Ted Shawn’s composer/accompanist Jess Meeker can be heard in several of these selections, attesting to his 65-year relationship with Jacob’s Pillow.
Caleb Teicher and Company with Conrad Tao
More Forever, 2019
Although he’s barely seen in this clip, composer-pianist Conrad Tao was a powerful presence in performance (and you can catch a glimpse of him for about 20 seconds in the lower left corner of the screen).
Adam H. Weinert
Dance of the Ages, 2018
The most recent connection with Jess Meeker was this recreation of Dance of the Ages in the studio where the work originated, with Meeker’s music played live by longtime colleague John Sauer.
Just a Minute, 2014
With Rudolph Friml’s music played live, John Heginbotham performed this solo at the same event when he was presented with the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.
Identical twin pianists, seen briefly in the opening shot, played a four-hand arrangement of Stravinsky’s score for this ingenious version of Petruchka, performed entirely by puppets.
Carmen de Lavallade
The Incense, 1997
Longtime Pillow accompanist John Sauer played live for this iconic Ruth St. Denis solo which had been performed so many times on this very stage by St. Denis herself.
Ten Suggestions, 1996
Ten Suggestions was one of the first works performed by Mark Morris when it was still new and he was relatively unknown, but he revisited the work here nearly fifteen years later.
Marge Champion and Blake Champion
Although Marge Champion recently died at age 101, she lives on in this touching duet with her son Blake – the only time the two of them were recorded dancing together.
Flight of the Bumblebee, 1983
This classic routine was captured on video just in time, as Collins died less than two years after this performance. The music is a four-hand arrangement of the familiar tune by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Ruth St. Denis
While Jess Meeker accompanied Ruth St. Denis many times in performance, this particular video is a modern-day mashup of a silent film and a Meeker recording.
Sugar Plum Fairy variation from The Nutcracker, 1941
After this film was shot (in color) by Dwight Godwin in 1941, it remained silent until Jess Meeker recorded a soundtrack for it more than thirty years later.
Ted Shawn's Men Dancers
"Mechanized Labor" from Labor Symphony, 1938
This was one of the earliest scores that Jess Meeker wrote for Ted Shawn’s Men Dancers, recreated by him in the 1980s and synchronized with a silent film that had been made nearly fifty years earlier.
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Caleb Teicher and Company with Conrad Tao, Adam H. Weinert, Miami City Ballet, John Heginbotham + 10 others
Ballet Austin, Compañía 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, Garth Fagan Dance, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Sarita Allen & Stephen Smith + 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
David Roussève/REALITY, Urban Bush Women, Nora Chipaumire, Robert Moses + 14 others
Compañía 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
Indigenous Dance of the Americas
Red Sky Performance, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, American Indian Dance Theater, Halau Hula O Hoakalei + 4 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
Houston Ballet, Janis Claxton Dance, Collage Dance Collective, James Whiteside Presents + 12 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
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
Dance Heginbotham, Dorrance Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group, Tero Saarinen Company and The Boston Camerata + 4 others
Circa, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc., Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company + 4 others
The Hong Kong Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Decadancetheatre, Inbal Pinto + 4 others
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