Dance highlights across the region


BERKSHIRES AND SOUTHERN VERMONT >> The Mark Morris Dance group will returns to familiar ground at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, at 8 p.m. June 26 for a collaboration with Tanglewood Music Festival fellow musicians. The assembled artists will devote their energies to J.S. Bach's "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 1, Milhaud's "Creation of the World," a new commissioned work to be given its world premiere, and Max Reger's arrangement of the First Brandenburg.

Paul Taylor Dance Company will also return to home ground, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, for four performances in July with "Company B," "Eventide," "Esplanade," "Diggity," "Piazzolla Caldera" and "Promethian Fire."

PS21's Chatham Dance Festival ends the summer with a series of guest artists — Brian Sanders' "Junk" Aug. 7 and 8, Gallim Dance with "Pupil Suite" and excepts from "Fold Here," Aug. 14 and 15, Keigwin + Co. Aug. 21 and 22, So You Think You Don't Understand (Modern) Dance?" works in progress by Dance Omi Alumni Nicole Wolcott and others Aug. 22, and Parsons Dance Aug. 28 and 29.

Some 30 choreographers from throughout the Northeast will also gather for in performances, dance classes and talks at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, July 16 to 19, in Brattleboro, Vt. For the third year in a row the festival will welcome some major dance figures, including Navarra Novy-Williams from the former Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet; Adrienne Hawkins, known for her work in jazz choreography and teaching and Billbob Brown, former director of dance at UMass Amherst, and now the chair of the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy. This year's festival will embrace "Dances By Isadora," the Boston based company that specializes in the techniques of the great dance pioneer Isadora Duncan, who liberated dance from the confines of ballet.

The festival includes three gala concerts, three informal concerts, guest lectures, more than 100 classes and free community events at the Lathchis Theatre and in downtown Brattleboro.

And although Siegel's company is the only dance troupe set for the Southern Vermont Arts Center this summer, Jennifer Weinstein, the arts center's recently appointed executive director, said the center will have drop-in dance classes Monday and Wednesday evenings with Nicolette Webber, a dance student at Keene State College, New Hampshire.


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