Jacob's Pillow announces 2019 season


BECKET — World premieres and commissions, including what is described as "an experience" at Hancock Shaker Village, form the spine of Jacob's Pillow Dance's Festival 2019.

The Pillow's 87th consecutive season opens June 19 with Ballet BC in the Ted Shawn Theatre and Circa in the Doris Duke Theatre, and ends Aug. 21 to 25 with Boston Ballet.

Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Company, Kyle Abraham's A.I.M. and Brooklyn-based Gallim are among the companies set for the Ted Shawn Theatre.

In addition to Circa, the Doris Duke will host, among others, Caleb Teicher and Company, Sara Mearns with the French hip-hop duo Company Wang Ramirez, Red Sky Performance, and Reggie Wilson.

World premieres include:

— a new work by Compan a Irene Rodr guez, melding flamenco and Spanish dance with the company's signature contemporary Cuban flair;

— POWER, Reggie Wilson's new evening-length work, which imagines what Black Shaker worship may have looked like, presented alongside a site-based experience at neighboring Hancock Shaker Village;

— THE DAY, a collaboration between cellist Maya Beiser and dancer Wendy Whelan with choreography by Lucinda Childs and music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang;

— a Pillow co-commission by Andrea Miller, artistic director of Brooklyn-based Gallim;

— a new duet between New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns and postmodern dance's Jodi Melnick, included in an engagement that highlights Bessie Award-winning Mearns' multigenre collaborations.

Commenting in a news release, Jacob's Pillow director Pamela Tatge described Festival 2019 as "celebrat(ing) important milestones and commemorat(ing) the creative reach of trailblazing visionaries whose journeys are deeply rooted in Pillow history.

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"We are also introducing new voices and showcasing powerful dialogue between movement and live music," she said. "As we continue to prioritize investing in new work, we are excited to share repertoire that was developed in the Pillow Lab (the organization's growing developmental residency program)."

A number of works developed at the Pillow Lab will be performed in Festival 2019 as completed works.

These include Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group's POWER; "Halfway to Dawn," a tribute to Billy Strayhorn by David Rouss ve/REALITY; tap dancer Caleb Teicher and composer/pianist Conrad Tao's collaboration "More Forever"; and "No. 1," a collaboration between the French hip-hop duo Company Wang Ramirez and Sara Mearns.

Audiences favorites returning in special commemoration of important milestones include:

— Ballet BC celebrating 10 years under the leadership of artistic director Emily Molnar;

— Robert Swinston's Compagnie CNDC-Angers in an all-Merce Cunningham program as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration;

— Dance Theatre of Harlem marking its 50th anniversary, remembering founding director Arthur Mitchell;

— Paul Taylor Dance Company returning for the first time since the passing of its founder;

— Urban Bush Women ringing in 35 years.

Additional 2019 season highlights include the U.S. debut of the London-based Umanoove/Didy Veldman, established in 2016 and dedicated to the choreography of this prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene.

Member pre-sale begins Feb. 11. Tickets go on sale to the public on April 1.


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