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An Introduction By

Sydney Skybetter

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Inventing Kyle Abraham

Kyle Abraham’s "Inventing Pookie Jenkins" provides a lens to understand the choreographer’s career, recent commissions and future creative trajectory.

I Want to Dance Better at Parties

Chunky Move’s I Want to Dance Better at Parties uses a common anxiety—the fear of dancing poorly in public—to illustrate how masculinity is performed in social spaces.

Reflections on José Limón

Mexican-American modern dancer and choreographer José Limón played an instrumental and lasting role in defining the genre. This essay considers how Limón's dances with elements from his Mexican heritage shed light on how he navigated belonging and identity in his work.

John Heginbotham and Dancing Like Robots Moving Like Humans

The robotic duets of John Heginbotham can help make sense of longstanding questions in the humanities, literature, and science fiction.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

This exploration of Brown's earliest Pillow performances considers themes of faith, family, and same-sex desire, as well as formative African and Cuban influences.

Cunningham Stream and Pillow Rock

Not only did Merce Cunningham's career intersect with Jacob's Pillow throughout the decades, but his final days are now inextricably linked to his company's last Pillow engagement.

Ted Shawn and The Defense of the Male Dancer

This essay provides an overview of Ted Shawn’s choreography for men and its place within his lifelong mission to establish dance as a respectable profession for men in the United States.

The Haunting of Adam Weinert by Ted Shawn

Recent performances of Ted Shawn’s repertory by choreographer Adam Weinert pose questions of how dances relate to the times in which they’re performed.
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