Groups of Guys
In light of the trailblazing efforts of Pillow founder Ted Shawn, these videos are resonant of the Pillow’s own beginnings, featuring performances largely by men.
While Emily Molnar’s Aniel includes an evenly-matched cast of men and women, this quartet shows off the men of the Vancouver-based company, returning to the Pillow for Festival 2015. Molnar took her inspiration from composer John Zorn’s “Book of Angels,” creating a joyous work that is rich with the whimsical and the absurd.
This 2013 engagement by a specially-assembled group of Brazilian dancers was a rarity, offering an encore of the same two works that brought down the house during the previous summer. Here the dynamic AGWA explores some of the properties of water in the most dynamic way imaginable.
Companhia Urbana de Dança
ID: Entidades, 2013
Singled out by the New York Times as one of 2013’s standout events, this Brazilian troupe was acclaimed for the way it “reshapes hip-hop moves in wonderfully subtle ways.” There’s one stellar female amid the crowd of men, with all bringing gritty street dancing to the stage in an exciting way.
Hofesh Shechter Company
Uprising has now entered the repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, but here it is seen as performed by the choreographer’s own dancers. A moment from this very dance video is featured in the 2015 feature film Desert Dancer, as part of a montage of clips discovered online by a young Iranian dancer.
This New Zealand company swept Pillow audiences by storm when they made their 20014 U.S. debut in the Doris Duke Theatre, mirroring a work seen here more than 70 years earlier: Ted Shawn’s Maori War Haka.
Jacob's Pillow's Men Dancers, 1992
This company was assembled especially to commemorate the centennial of Ted Shawn’s birth in 1891, and it focused on all of the advances made since Shawn’s pioneering efforts in the 1930s.
The cast of this early signature piece includes one of the company’s founders, Michael Tracy, and it demonstrates the aesthetic that originally put this iconic group on the map.