Dance performances with live music can deliver an extra dose of vitality. Explore some highlights featuring live music from seasons past.
Chalk and Soot, 2014
There’s a good reason why Chalk and Soot, a collaboration by John Heginbotham and Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen, looked right at home in the Doris Duke Theatre. That’s because much of the work had been created in this very space as part of the Pillow’s Creative Development Residency program. See how it turned out!
ETM: The Initial Approach, 2014
Sizzling hot tap artist Michelle Dorrance also choreographed a new work during a Creative Development Residency at the Pillow. With collaborator Nicholas Van Young, Dorrance previewed a bold new concept known as ETM, a tap derivitive of the term EDM (for electronic dance music), using the dancers’ own taps to create a complex new sound score live in performance.
Mark Morris Dance Group
Justly celebrated for his insistence on live music for all of his company’s appearances, Mark Morris has a distinctive musical sensibility. His works are firmly rooted in the music that inspires him, and this excerpt from Crosswalk demonstrates just how closely aligned the sights and sounds of a dance performance can be.
Tero Saarinen Company and The Boston Camerata
Borrowed Light, 2012
While instances of return engagements are fairly rare at the Pillow, it’s also rare to find works as powerful and moving as the Shaker-inspired Borrowed Light as presented by Tero Saarinen and the Boston Camerata in both 2006 and 2012. This excerpt documents the return in HD, as the initial engagement pre-dated the upgrade of our video systems.
Jessica Lang Dance
Within the Space I Hold, 2013
Look closely, and you can see composer Jakub Ciupinski creating the music for Jessica Lang’s Within the Space I Hold on a theremin, and be sure to stay tuned until the end of this clip to witness a light-up tutu!
Appalachian Clog Dance from Earthbeat! A Journey, 2010
This demonstration of Appalachian clogging will leave you tapping your toes, just as Pillow audiences have been doing ever since the Vanaver Caravan’s first appearance here in the early 1980s.
Jason Samuels Smith
A Song For My Father, 2009
The initials in his company’s name stand for Anyone Can Get It, and this is an accurate description for the accessible and engaging style of Jason Samuels Smith, seen here dancing to the music of Lioinel Hampton.
Boston Ballet, Adam H. Weinert, Hālau I Ka Wēkiu, David Dorfman Dance + 10 others
Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company
Serenade / The Proposition, 2010
Serenade/The Proposition was one of three works Jones created to celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln, and it brought distinctive sights and sounds to the stage of the Ted Shawn Theatre in 2009.