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Vocal Music

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.

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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.

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ODC/Dance

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.

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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.

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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.

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Reggie Wilson / Fist & Heel Performance Group

Moses(es), 2014

With music by a 1940s gospel group known as the Southern Sons, Reggie Wilson brings a new sensibility to Bible stories in Moses(es).

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David Roussève / REALITY

Stardust, 2014

Mixing synthesized vocals with sounds of the Great American Songbook, David Roussève’s Stardust conjured a powerful urban fairy tale.

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Ballet BC

Aniel, 2013

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.

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Martha Graham Dance Company

Rust, 2013

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.

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Circa

CIRCA, 2012

Spike heels have never seemed so treacherous as in this excerpt from Circa’s Pillow debut in 2012, set to a Leonard Cohen song.

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Kyle Abraham

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.

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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.

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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.

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