Aside from all the dances that have premiered at Jacob’s Pillow, many others have been presented either just before or shortly after their premieres, or boast other distinctions that might characterize them as “nearly new” productions.
Caleb Teicher and Company with Conrad Tao
More Forever, 2019
This collaboration between two remarkable young artists was premiered at Works & Process @ The Guggenheim in January 2019, but its second engagement was at the Pillow six months later. And More Forever began its life in a Pillow Lab residency in early 2018.
Sara Mearns and Honji Wang
No. 1, 2019
This unique duet was developed here and then first seen at the 2017 Pillow Gala before its formal premiere at the Fall for Dance Festival that year. It was then put on the shelf until the 2019 presentation of Sara Mearns: Beyond Ballet.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa created Balamouk for the 2018 Fall for Dance Festival, then reworked and expanded it before its presentation at Jacob’s Pillow in 2019.
Mark Morris Dance Group
This work had its world premiere as part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival on July 10, 2019—exactly one week before its opening night at Jacob’s Pillow.
True, very, 2019
Here’s a work that was billed as a World Premiere—and yet it’s a mashup of dances created by Andrea Miller over more than a decade, from 2007 to 2019.
Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion
Dearest Home, 2017
Presented in only two venues before its engagement at the Pillow, Dearest Home feels especially raw, earning its description in The New York Times as “an intimate work about the difficulty of intimacy.”
Wendy Whelan & Brian Brooks
Some of a Thousand Words, 2016
Fresh from its premiere at the Festival of Arts & Ideas, Some of a Thousand Words reunited Wendy Whelan with Brian Brooks, one of her collaborators from the groundbreaking Restless Creature.
Why Patterns, 2011
Though Jonah Bokaer is a U.S.-based choreographer, his Why Patterns had only been seen in Europe before he presented it at Jacob’s Pillow in 2011.
Mikhail Baryshnikov was 54 when he commissioned Lucinda Childs to create this new work for his White Oak Dance Project in the spring of 2002, and he was still in full command of the stage when Chacony was performed at the Pillow soon after.
Meredith Monk / The House
Magic Frequencies, 1998
Billed as a “work-in-progress” when it was seen at the Pillow in 1998, Meredith Monk’s Magic Frequencies didn’t officially premiere until two years later.
Yo Shakespeare, 1996
Still considered a Preview at the time of its Pillow performances, Yo Shakespeare had been seen onstage as early as the spring of 1996 even though it would not officially premiere until the following year.
If You Couldn't See Me, 1994
Performed here the month after its world premiere, this iconic solo was distinguished by the fact that Trisha Brown faces upstage during the entire work—an idea hatched by her collaborator, Robert Rauschenberg.
State of Darkness, 1988
This tour-de-force solo was presented at the Pillow during the same summer when it had premiered at the American Dance Festival—with the distinction that it was performed free-of-charge outdoors at Jacob’s Pillow.
Emily Frankel & Mark Ryder
At the Still Point, 1955
This 20th-century classic has been performed by the New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, but its original cast was filmed at the Pillow just four months after the work’s 1955 premiere.
Poetry in Motion
Brian Brooks Moving Company, Compañía Irene Rodríguez, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Jessica Lang Dance + 11 others
Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías, 1946
When José Limón founded his company in 1946, he took the unusual step of asking his mentor, Doris Humphrey, to serve as the group’s artistic director. She made this dance for the initial program, and it was filmed at the Pillow just two weeks after its premiere.