Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival announces four of the companies coming this summer; complete schedule to be released in December

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BECKET — In advance of the full festival announcement in mid-December, Jacob's Pillow is announcing four of the dance companies that will be presented in 2018.

Festival 2018 will include:

- Ephrat Asherie Dance presenting the world premiere of the hip-hop work "Odeon;"

- Israel's Batsheva-The Young Ensemble performing "Naharin's Virus" in a highly-anticipated Pillow debut;

- Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE performing their signature fusion of African, Caribbean, and modern genres paired with Afro-Cuban jazz by Grammy Award-winner Arturo O'Farrill performed live;

- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns on the occasion of their 40th anniversary.

"It's thrilling to present the Pillow debut of Batsheva's Young Ensemble, help celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of America's most renowned contemporary dance companies, and present two works that have been developed at the Pillow," Jacob's Pillow director Pamela Tatge says in a news release

Ephrat Asherie Dance presents the world premiere of "Odeon," a high-energy, hybrid hip-hop work set to and inspired by the music of early 20th century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth in the Doris Duke Theatre, June 27-July 1. New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award recipient Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie layers breaking, hip-hop, house and vogue to the sounds of Nazareth's score, which melds classical romantic music with popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms, played live.

"Odeon" was created in part during two residencies at the Pillow Lab.

Batsheva-The Young Ensemble will perform the award-winning "Naharin's Virus" in the Ted Shawn Theatre, July 4-8. The piece is adapted from the anti-play "Offending the Audience" by Austrian playwright Peter Handke and features Ohad Naharin's innovative, wide-reaching movement language Gaga. The majority of dancers in The Young Ensemble later become members of Batsheva Dance Company. The presentation of The Young Ensemble coincides with a two-week Professional Advancement program Gaga: The Movement Language of Ohad Naharin, offered by The School at Jacob's Pillow.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE performs "New Conversations," a new work marked by Brown's iconic blend of African, Caribbean, and contemporary choreography and set to Afro-Cuban jazz music by Grammy Award-winner Arturo O'Farrill and ensemble. Performed with live music for the first time, "New Conversations" comes to the Ted Shawn Theatre, July 25-29. Music for "New Conversations" was commissioned by The Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation and was created in part during a residency at Jacob's Pillow.

On the occasion of their 40th anniversary, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) returns to Jacob's Pillow's Ted Shawn Theatre, Aug. 1-5 with a diverse program featuring today's leading contemporary choreographers. An audience favorite since their Pillow debut in 1983, HSDC has performed at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival more than a dozen times. Program to be announced.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2018 opens June 20. The full festival line-up will be announced Dec 13. VIP pre-sale begins Feb. 20, 2018. Public sale begins April 2.






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