Article by Dave Read Facebook Twitter The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2016 schedule has 22 ticketed performances on the festival’s primary stages, the Ted Shawn and Doris Duke Theatres, as well as scores of other events and free dance presentations around the rustic 163 acre campus in Becket, MA. A particularly noteworthy aspect of the… read more
Aug. 5, 2015 performance reviewed by Iler McGrath. Malpaso Dance Company took the stage at the Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow Aug. 5, 2015 for their United States premier, presenting works by the internationally renowned choreographer Trey McIntyre and Malpaso artistic director Osnel Delgado Wambrug. The alleged “misstep” made by this three year old… read more
Jukly 15, 2015 performance reviewed by Iler McGrath. Eric Gauthier, former soloist with Stuttgart ballet and current artistic director of Gauthier Dance, brought his company to Jacob’s Pillow for their first performance in the United States. This troupe is filled with versatile and charismatic dancers, and the program they brought to the Doris Duke Theater… read more
Jukly 15, 2015 performance reviewed by Iler McGrath. Company Wang Ramirez made their Jacob’s Pillow debut on Wednesday night with the evening-length work Monchichi. Sebastién Ramirez, a Frenchman with Spanish roots, and Honji Wang, a German woman of Korean descent, are easy to watch onstage, and the duet they have created has many pleasantly surprising… read more
April 1, 2015 Article by Dave Read Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 358 George Carter Road Becket, MA 01223 Phone: 413.243.9919 Fax:413.243.4744 Web: jacobspillow.org Jacob’s Pillow 2015 schedule is highlighted by Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th Anniversary, including a world premiere by eminent choreographer Mats Ek; a pre-Festival dance and radio stage production hosted by Ira… read more
March 22, 2014 Article by Dave Read Jacob’s Pillow presents more scores of ticketed performances every summer, as well as a wide range of free events and activities related to dance. The Inside/Out series includes presentations of emerging dance companies, artists from all over the world, and informal showings by the professional-track students of The… read more
Les Ballet Trocadero de Monte Carlo at Jacob’s Pillow Aug. 11, 2010 performance reviewed by Jocelyn McGrath. The Trocs are simply magnificent, as only a troupe of alternative-reality Russian divas can be. Great-hearted athleticism meets historically-steeped, gestural devotion/parody, and takes a pratfall. It is hard to pin down exactly what makes it all work so… read more
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at Jacob’s Pillow July 21, 2010 performance reviewed by Jocelyn McGrath. Serenade/The Proposition (2008) is the second piece in a three-part series of evening-length dances, conceived and directed by Bill T. Jones and commissioned in honor of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Choreographed by Mr. Jones with Janet… read more
Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal at Jacob’s Pillow June 30, 2010 performance reviewed by Jocelyn McGrath. To the average dance layperson, “ballet jazz” may sound like an oxymoron, two diametrically opposed movement languages derived from wildly different culture bases. For Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal, a company born of a specific time and place (circa… read more
Nina Ananiashvili, State Ballet of Georgia at Jacob’s Pillow June 23, 2010 performance reviewed by Jocelyn McGrath. Nina Ananshvili has worked practically every day of her life to make ballet look effortless and feel joyful—an extraordinary passion that she continues to share with her company, the State Ballet of Georgia, and on the stage here… read more
Review of the Aug. 26, 2009 performance of “Fräulein Maria,” by Doug Elkins & Friends at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Review of the August 12, 2009 performance by Doug Varone and Dancers at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.