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Growing up in New Zealand, Black Grace dance company founder Neil Ieremia looked to his Samoan roots for creative inspiration. New Orleans native Michelle N. Gibson fled the devastation of Hurricane Katrina with a newborn baby and built a new life in Texas. This coming week, they both share their rich cultural heritage through dance at Jacob’s Pillow.

At Jacob’s Pillow, the internationally acclaimed company Music from the Sole will offer a new form of tap and percussive dance, influenced by the rhythms of Brazil.

They are tapping the energy of Carnival, says co-founder and choreographer Léonardo Sandoval, channeling the intense celebration in the week of Mardi Gras he has always known from home with parades and costumes and music in the streets.

Dance critic Janine Parker writes: "Dear dance lovers, I’m looking forward, and placing my bets on silver linings, rather than stormy clouds. While we continue to struggle to navigate the ever-shifting atmospheric effects of life in a pandemic, artists continue to do what artists so often do better — and usually far sooner — than others: they react, they adapt. They evolve."