New in the Duke
In recognition of the tragic fire that destroyed the Doris Duke Theatre, here’s a look back at a few of the moments of discovery that exemplified this structure during its thirty seasons. Even though this is one of our most extensive playlists yet, these excerpts represent only a fraction of the premieres, commissions, and international debuts that audiences have enjoyed since the Duke’s inaugural season as the Studio/Theatre in 1990.
Sara Mearns and Honji Wang
No. 1, 2019
After premiering at the 2017 Pillow Gala and presentations as part of Fall for Dance at New York’s City Center, this duet was further developed as part of the groundbreaking presentation Sara Mearns: Beyond Ballet.
Maya Beiser & Wendy Whelan
THE DAY, 2019
Choreographed by Lucinda Childs, this world premiere was conceived by the cellist Maya Beiser as a response to two works written for her by David Lang, inspired by the events of September 11, 2001.
Club Guy & Roni
The Language of Walls (on the other side of day), 2007
In the U.S. debut of a Netherlands-based company known as Club Guy & Roni, they shared a funny, poignant, and wild theatrical dance about sisterhood and personal liberation.
Although their scheduled 2020 return to the Pillow was regrettably cancelled along with the rest of the season, New Zealand’s Black Grace had made its acclaimed U.S. debut 16 years earlier in the Duke.
As part of a program shared with the South African soloist Vincent Mantsoe, Denmark’s Kitt Johnson made her U.S. debut in the award-winning solo seen here.
Urban Bush Women
This episodic work grew out of a series of community activities in Berkshire County and elsewhere, all centered around the relationship between black women and their hair.
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Hallelujah: In Praise of Fertile Fields, 2000
Part of a monumental five-year effort known as The Hallelujah Project, this work was deeply rooted in the Pillow, growing out of a series of residencies and drawing upon various aspects of Pillow history.
Mark Morris Dance Group
Falling Down Stairs, 1994
Utilizing the Doris Duke Theatre as a soundstage rather than a performance venue, Mark Morris and Yo-Yo Ma conceived of this dance with this particular space in mind.