Pam’s Pillow Picks

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Director Pamela Tatge programs her first Pillow season.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival celebrates its 85th Anniversary Season and it’s the first programmed by Director Pamela Tatge. Here she shares her top picks of the season for Take readers.

Compagnie Marie Chouinard | Avant garde

There is no movement vocabulary quite like the language of Marie Chouinard: technically rigorous and exacting, unbridled in its emotional expressiveness, and unabashed in its ability to push boundaries. The program includes two sexy and artful works: “24 Preludes by Chopin,” a series of vignettes laced together by Chopin’s iconic piano refrains played lived, and “HENRI MICHAUX: MOUVEMENTS,” inspired by the ink drawings and poems of the French/Belgian poet and visual artist. July 19-23 | Ted Shawn Theatre

AteNine  | Going Gaga

Ate9 Dance Company Artistic Director Danielle Agami took our outdoor Inside/Out stage by storm last summer, and I couldn’t wait to invite her back to present her newest work inspired by Ohad Naharin’s inimitable Gaga movement style. I am especially excited to see excerpts from their work vickie, choreographed by Danielle and danced to music by Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche. July 26-30 | Doris Duke Theatre

 Festival Finale | The ultimate after-party

The final week of Festival 2017 features two not-to-miss performances: the magnificent Washington Ballet in the Ted Shawn Theatre, and the Pillow-commissioned world premiere of an imaginative collaboration between choreographer John Heginbotham and illustrator Maira Kalman, “The Principles of Uncertainty,” in the Doris Duke Theatre. See a show on Saturday and then join us for one of my favorite Pillow traditions, Festival Finale! This finale will be especially festive as we celebrate the ribbon-cutting of our new studio. Rub shoulders with artists and staff, dance the night away to Berkshires’ favorite DJ BFG spinning live, and cheers to a fantastic summer. August 26 | Pillow Grounds

Pillow Pro Tips from Pam:

● Arrive early for our free outdoor Inside/Out Performance Series, happening every Wednesday-Saturday at 6:15pm. There’s no other dance experience like it! You have the chance to see dance on a huge outdoor stage set against the backdrop of the Berkshire Hills. On July 21, we present the our first ever audience curated Inside/Out performance: Brazilian dancer/choreographer Samuel Samways, who earned the most votes in our crowd-sourced Chance to Dance contest.
● Take advantage of our Under 35 ticket discount. The Pillow offers $20 Doris Duke Theatre tickets and $35 Ted Shawn Theatre tickets to patrons ages 18-35–for every performance! (Limited availability so buy early; buyers must show valid I.D. when picking up tickets at Will Call.)

Top image: Camille A. Brown, photo by Christopher Duggan
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