All of these 2018 videos include some kind of vocalizing in their sound scores, reminding us of dance’s inherent humanity. The older videos further down in this playlist are all Festival 2019 artists, again with vocal music as a common thread. Viewed as a whole, these videos testify to our art form’s diversity.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Eastman
Fractus V, 2018
This remarkable choreographer of Belgian/Moroccan descent crafted a work for six men called Fractus V and performed as part of the ensemble, with live music.
Triangulating Euclid, 2018
To the glorious sounds of Renée Fleming singing Schubert, the collaborative work Triangulating Euclid showcased ODC/Dance and its exquisite dancers from the Bay Area.
Monica Bill Barnes & Company
Happy Hour, 2018
While we saw only Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in the immersive theater experience known as Happy Hour, Judy Garland was also very much a presence.
Ragamala Dance Company
Written in Water, 2018
The live music element of an Indian dance presentation such as Ragamala’s Written in Water lends a palpable power and immediacy to the performance.
Reggie Wilson / Fist & Heel Performance Group
With music by a 1940s gospel group known as the Southern Sons, Reggie Wilson brings a new sensibility to Bible stories in Moses(es).
David Roussève / REALITY
Mixing synthesized vocals with sounds of the Great American Songbook, David Roussève’s Stardust conjured a powerful urban fairy tale.
Emily Molnar’s colorful and engaging Aniel was inspired by composer John Zorn’s “Book of Angels,” seen here in its U.S. premiere in 2013.
Martha Graham Dance Company
Choreographer Nacho Duato used distinctive music by Arvo Pärt for this all-male work which grapples with “the true horror of torture” in today’s society.
Spike heels have never seemed so treacherous as in this excerpt from Circa’s Pillow debut in 2012, set to a Leonard Cohen song.
Inventing Pookie Jenkins, 2010
The rap music of Dizzie Rascal serves as a provocative counterpart to Kyle Abraham’s diaphanous white skirt in his solo entitled Inventing Pookie Jenkins.
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Frame of View, 2010
Though this company sadly ended its run in 2015, choreographer Didy Veldman will bring her dancers to the Pillow for the first time in 2019.
Miami City Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Sayat Nova Dance Company + 16 others
Mark Morris Dance Group
Deck of Cards, 1987
This solo from Deck of Cards is a tour de force for Morris himself in his prime, captured in this 1987 excerpt dancing to a song by George Jones.