Martha Graham, Compania Irene Rodriguez, Caleb Teicher, Boston Ballet heading for Jacob's Pillow in 2019


Berkshire Eagle staff

BECKET — Compan a Irene Rodr guez, Caleb Teicher & Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Boston Ballet will be performing next summer as part of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2019.

The Pillow's 87th season is scheduled to run June 19 through Aug. 25. Complete plans are expected to be announced Dec. 12.

VIP Ticket pre-sale begins Feb. 11. Public ticket sale begins April 1.

"We're thrilled to give audiences this sneak peek and know this is just a taste of what's in store for Festival 2019. We have a season of great breadth and depth planned, including many audience favorites alongside artists who will be new to the Pillow this summer," Jacob's Pillow director Pamela Tatge said in a news release.

Compan a Irene Rodr guez (June 26-30; Ted Shawn Theatre) is known for a contemporary vision of flamenco that is both Spanish and Cuban. After a sold-out Pillow debut in 2017, this ensemble of dancers and live musicians returns with a world premiere and audience favorites. The presentation coincides with a two-week Professional Advancement program in the current and historic traditions of flamenco and Spanish dance, directed by Rodr guez and offered by The School at Jacob's Pillow.

Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao, a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, collaborate in "More Forever," a new evening-length work (June 24-28, Doris Duke Theatre). On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao's new contemporary score for piano and electronics. This ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

Imbued with the legacy of modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, this acclaimed American company returns to Jacob's Pillow's Ted Shawn Theatre, Aug. 14-17, with "The EVE Project," in celebration of female power and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. This two-year project presents a comprehensive range of Graham's classics alongside new commissions by some of today's leading female voices. Featured works on the program include Graham's iconic "Appalachian Spring" and all-female "Chronicle," as well as a suite of "Lamentation Variations" and a new work by "Sleep No More's" choreographer Maxine Doyle and former Batsheva Dance Company member Bobbi Jene Smith.

Boston Ballet returns to Jacob's Pillow for the first time in over a decade (Aug. 21-25, Ted Shawn Theatre) performing work by choreographic and visual artist William Forsythe, who is in a five-year artistic partnership with the company; classics by Russian choreographer Leonid Yakobson; and resident choreographer Jorma Elo's Bach Cello Suites. Under the artistic directorship of Mikko Nissinen since 2001, Boston Ballet has, over five decades, developed a strong audience base with its classical evening-length ballets and contemporary works.



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