Compagnie Kafig from France

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2013 tickets on sale

Jacob’s Pillow surveys Brazil, Israel, France, India, Germany and USA 350 free and ticketed performances, talks and classes offered — Dance once again moves its locus from the urban settings of the big cities of the world to the tiny woodsy hamlet of Becket, MA. There, a fresh air outdoor stage and natural setting amplifies…

Never Stand Still at Williamstown Film Festival

Mass MoCA and WFF salute Jacob’s Pillow in “Never Stand Still”; plumb depths of evil in “We Need to Talk about Kevin”

From our News Desk: This season’s Williamstown Film Festival offerings at MASS MoCA are the New England Premiere of We Need to Talk about Kevin, nominated for the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and the world premiere of Never Stand Still, a documentary celebrating the Berkshires’ legendary Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Ella…

Strength and grace.

Preview: Australian Contemporary Dance from Lucy Guerin at Jacob’s Pillow

(Becket, MA) Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin explores a life-altering event through contemporary dance in Structure and Sadness, an evening-length work being performed at Jacob’s Pillow, America’s premier dance festival, August 18-22. Guerin has created a unique movement vocabulary inspired by basic engineering principles which she uses to reference the 1970 collapse of Melbourne’s West Gate…

Yin Mei's City of Paper is a full length dance with live music.

Yin Mei’s “City of Paper” an elaborate work at Jacob’s Pillow

City of Paper refers to the history of Luoyang, Yin Mei’s hometown, where paper was invented. An ancient literary and artistic center, Luoyang became another world during her childhood, when the Cultural Revolution made paper political, and the city was plastered with revolutionary slogans and critiques. Key to the work is Yin Mei’s collaboration with…

3 World Premieres from Jacoby & Pronk Dancers at Jacob’s Pillow

In an exclusive engagement, independent contemporary ballet duo Jacoby & Pronk will perform at Jacob’s Pillow with four other international dance stars, July 21-25, 2010 in the Doris Duke Theatre. Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk performed with leading contemporary ballet companies before eschewing the typical dancer’s career path to become freelance artists, touring as an…

Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 from Spain at Jacob’s Pillow

Madrid-based contemporary dance company CND2 (Compañía Nacional de Danza 2) performs at Jacob’s Pillow July 28–August 1, in their final engagement under departing founder and Artistic Director Nacho Duato. Nacho Duato announced in April of 2010 that by the end of July he would step down as Artistic Director of both CND2 and the parent company CND…

US Debut of Pichet Klunchun “Transformation” at Jacob’s Pillow

A U.S. premiere from Thailand arrives at Jacob’s Pillow, America’s longest-running international dance festival, July 14-18 in the Doris Duke Theatre. In the full-length work Chui Chai (Transformation), internationally acclaimed performer and choreographer Pichet Klunchun entwines khon, a form of traditional Thai masked dance drama, with contemporary movement. Intricate costumes and masks and music by…

The Jacob Pillow June 19 Gala prepares to delight supporters

Each June dancers, choreographers and donors get together to celebrate Jacob’s Pillow, and to raise a pile of money towards its ongoing needs. This year, the Inside-Out stage, where hundreds of free performances take place is being refurbished. They need $100,000 to do it. So Jacob’s Pillow kicks off its Festival 2010 on June 19…

Karole Armitage Creating “Red” for Jacob’s Pillow Gala

The second section is fueled by the description in quantum mechanics of the volatility of the universe. In response, Armitage has created four precarious, high-speed duets, set to Chatham’s driving original score for 100 massed guitars specifically tuned to produce micro-tones. The last section draws from string theory…