After two years of cancellation and weather dependence outdoor performanceJacob’s Pillow dance festival is returning to theaters.
Jacob’s Pillow, a dance center in Becket, Mass., has announced its schedule for the 2022 festival, which will include the premiere of choreographer Ronald K. Brown, as well as performances by its main dancers. New York City Ballet troupe, Sara Mearns and Taylor Stanley, Kyle Abraham’s AIM group and tap dancer Dormeshia, among others.
The season celebrates the 90th anniversary of the first performances at Jacob’s Pillow and features the debut of the newly renovated Ted Shawn Theatre. The theater boasts a larger stage, greater accessibility, and new air conditioning and ventilation systems.
Pamela Tatge, the center’s executive director and artistic director, said in a press release: “It will be an absolute pleasure to be gathered together in that magical theatre.
The start of the festival, which runs from June 22 to August 28, will refer to the first concert held at the Ted Shawn Theater in 1942: a showcase of folk dances. American time and dance, including “Hell on Wheels” by Agnes de Mille. (Before the theater opened, performances by Jacob’s Pillow were held at the Tea Garden and Bakalar Studio.) For the opening show, “America (na) for me,” dancers were required. reflect on what American identity means to them. Curated by Melanie George and Ali Rosa-Salas, it features Mearns; Dormeshia; Mythili Prakash, a Bharatanatyam performer; flamenco artist Nelida Tirado; and others.
Ted Shawn is currently the only operating indoor theater at Jacob’s Pillow. In 2020, a destroyed fire Dance Center’s Doris Duke Theater. Elise Linscott, a spokeswoman for Jacob’s Pillow, said the center hopes to begin construction on the new theater within a year and complete it by 2024. After a month of investigating the fire, she said the cause was has not yet been determined.
This year, performances will also be held on Pillow’s outdoor stage and in a tent set up on the grounds of the Doris Duke Theatre.
At the end of June, Brown’s Brooklyn-based company, Proof, will perform the world premiere of “The Equality of Night and Day,” which jazz composer and pianist Jason Moran set to the original score. It includes text by Angela Davis and images by artist and author Deborah Willis.
And in mid-July, Abraham’s company, AIM, will be performing “An Untitled Love,” an evening-length piece created in part in apartments at Jacob’s Pillow, created by the artist. R&B D’Angelo.
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Stanley, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, will perform a show featuring world premiere pieces by William Forsythe, Jodi Melnick and Shamel Pitts. Choreographer John Heginbotham’s collaboration with composer Ethan Iverson was another world premiere.
The festival will also feature contemporary Los Angeles-based company Bodytraffic; a swing performance choreographed by Caleb Teicher; faucet company Music From the Sole; New Zealand based company Black Grace; a touring performance by Michelle N. Gibson and an ensemble drawn from the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra; Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet Company, from San Francisco; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; choreographer Liz Lerman’s work; Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, a modern dance company based in Denver; and Miami City Ballet.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/arts/dance/jacobs-pillow-2022-season.html Jacob’s Pillow announces roster for the 2022 season