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JACOB’S PILLOW anniversary

Jacob's Pillow announces reopening of Ted Shawn Theatre just in time for 90th anniversary season

2022 season to include Limón Dance Company, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Black Grace and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

Ted Shawn Theatre rendering

The Ted Shawn Theatre will reopen next summer, as part of the 90th anniversary season of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. 

BECKET — Jacob’s Pillow will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2022 with the reopening of the Ted Shawn Theatre.

Pamela Tatge, executive and artistic director, announced Tuesday the reopening of the Shawn, which will have a “completely new stage house and a new ventilation and air-cooling system,” and four of 10 companies that will dance on the newly renovated stage in a video announcement, “A Sneak Peek at Festival 2022” sent to newsletter subscribers.

“The San Francisco-based Alonzo King Lines Ballet will be with us to celebrate their 40th anniversary. We’ll then host the return of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble with a retrospective of exceptional works by African American choreographers,” Tatge said.

“We’ll also be celebrating the 75th year of the Limón Dance Company, whose program will include a new work by Olivier Tarpaga, a Pillow 90th anniversary commission. And finally, I’m pleased to announce the breathtaking New Zealand-based Black Grace will return to the site of their first-ever performance in the United States.”

Jacob's Pillow Executive & Artistic Director Pamela Tatge reflects on 2021— witnessing dancers return to dancing after months of isolation—and offers a first look at several of the companies that will be arriving for Festival 2022. Learn more at jacobspillow.org

If you are in a position to consider Jacob’s Pillow in your final end-of-year giving, please know that your donation is more important than ever. Visit jacobspillow.org/donate or text PILLOWGIFT to 41444

Performance dates are: Limón Dance Company, July 20-24; Black Grace, July 27-31; Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Aug. 3-7; and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Aug. 17-21.

The full festival program, she said, will be unveiled in February. Member tickets will go on sale in early March, with tickets becoming available to the general public in early April.

The news of the Shawn reopening comes after a season that included in-person and online performances and the loss of the Doris Duke Theatre to a fire in November 2020.

“I will never forget the joy of witnessing dancers return to dance last summer after months of isolation and the looks on the face of audience members as they remembered what a live performance feels like,” she said. “We had many challenges in making our festival happen, not the least of which was one of the rainiest Julys on record. But, we persevered.”

Tatge, in the video, also appeals to viewers to help raise $150,000 to allow the Pillow to “continue providing dance residencies for artists, return to in-person community engagement programs, seek out gifted young dancers to bring to the school and continue to invite researchers and scholars into the archives.”

More on the 2022 festival and ways to donate can be found at jacobspillow.org.

Jennifer Huberdeau can be reached at jhuberdeau@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6229. On Twitter: @BE_DigitalJen

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