Jacob's Pillow rolls out 2014 season


Berkshire Eagle Staff

BECKET -- Jacob's Pillow's 82nd season will feature more than 52 companies performing on three stages -- the historic Ted Shawn Theatre; the intimate Doris Duke Theatre; and the open-air Henry J. Leir Stage, home to the Pillow's free Inside/Out Performance Series.

More than 350 free and ticketed dance performances, talks, tours, exhibits, films, classes, and community events will be offered June 14-Aug. 24.

The 2014 festival companies hail from Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, and across the U.S.

Festival 2014 world premieres include:

n "As I Remember It" by legendary performer Carmen de Lavallade;

n a new show by tap artist and 2013 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award winner Michelle Dorrance;

n and "Chalk and Soot," a collaboration between choreographer John Heginbotham and composer Colin Jacobsen, with live music performed by Brooklyn Rider.

Exclusive presentations include:

n Unreal Hip-Hop, a mixed bill of some

of today's most innovative hip-hop artists including Storyboard P, Decadancetheatre, Ephrat Asherie, and The Wondertwins;

n Ballet 2014, featuring principal dancers and soloists of New York City Ballet, directed by Daniel Ulbricht;

n and a weeklong "festival within the

Festival" honoring choreographer Mark Morris and his company.

Other special engagements include Compagnia T.P.O., from Italy, with the family-friendly interactive production "Bleu!"; Trey McIntyre Project performing "Mercury Half-Life," set entirely to the music of rock band Queen and a new work inspired by the work of writer and illustrator Edward Gorey; and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

"In addition to some of the great and better known American companies Pillow audiences will discover less familiar, yet no less important, dance companies," Jacob's Pillow executive and artistic director Ella Baff commented in a news release.

"The 2014 season also features the work of choreographers from the U.S. and abroad. The international mix is an important part of the Jacob's Pillow experience and is meant to show that dance has a remarkable range of possibilities."

The School at Jacob's Pillow is equally international and varied in scope in 2014.

Pre-professional dancers from around the world will audition for rigorous, often career-changing programs in Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, and Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance. Artist faculty and program directors include esteemed ballet master teacher and coach Anna-Marie Holmes; principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Maxim Beloserkovsky; Madeleine Onne, former dancer with the Royal Swedish Ballet and current Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet; top tap artists Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, and Dianne Walker; master teacher Milton Myers; Broadway choreographer and director Chet Walker, and many others.

Further programming announcements will be made in April for more than 200 free events, including Inside/Out performances, PillowTalks, and exclusive exhibits.

Tickets go on sale to Jacob's Pillow members as early as Jan. 13 depending on member level.

Subscription packages of five or more performances go on sale to the public March 17. Single tickets go on public sale April 1.

For ticketing or schedule questions, call the box office at (413) 243.0745 or go online to jacobspillow.org.

A detailed ordering calendar can be found at jacobspillow.org.

As part of the member pre-sale, Jacob's Pillow members will save $10 on every Ted Shawn Theatre ticket purchased by March 15.

To become a Pillow member, call (413) 243.9919 or visit jacobspillow.org/membership. Season at a glance

n Season Opening Gala with Carmen de Lavallade; Dancers of the Ballet Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow; others to be announced. June 14. Ted Shawn Theatre

n The Hong Kong Ballet. June 18-22. Ted Shawn Theatre

n Carmen de Lavallade in "As I Remember It" (world premiere). June 20-22. Doris Duke Theatre

n Trey McIntyre Project. June 25-29. Ted Shawn Theatre

n Unreal Hip-Hop. June 25-29. Doris Duke Theatre

n Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. July 2-6. Ted Shawn Theatre

n Compagnia T.P.O. in "Bleu!" July 2-6. Doris Duke Theatre

n Dance Theatre of Harlem. July 9-13. Ted Shawn Theatre

n Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group in "Moses(es)." July 9-13. Doris Duke Theatre

n Ballet 2014: Principals and Soloists of New York City Ballet. July 16-20. Ted Shawn Theatre

n Dorrance Dance. World premiere. July 16-27. Doris Duke Theatre

n Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble. July 23-27. Ted Shawn Theatre

n Circa in "S." July 30-Aug. 3 Ted Shawn Theatre

n Dance Heginbotham and Brooklyn Rider in "Chalk and Soot" (world premiere). July 30-Aug. 3 Doris Duke Theatre

n Pacific Northwest Ballet. Aug. 6-10. Ted Shawn Theatre

n David Roussève/REALITY in "Stardust." Aug. 6-10. Doris Duke Theatre

n Companhia Urbana de Dança. Aug. 13-16. Ted Shawn Theatre

n doug elkins choreography, etc. Aug. 13-17. Doris Duke Theatre

n "A Jazz Happening." Benefit for Jacob's Pillow School. Aug. 17. Ted Shawn Theatre

n Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Aug. 20-24. Ted Shawn Theatre

n LeeSaar The Company. Aug. 20-24. Doris Duke Theatre


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