Jacob’s Pillow Opens June 20 With Brazil’s Mimulus Dance Company [Berkshire on Stage]

Mimulus Dance Company will open Jacob's Pillow on June 20

Jacob’s Pillow will open its 80th Anniversary Festival ― a “veritable dance explosion” (Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times) ― June 20-24 with the U.S. premiere of Por Um Fio (By A Thread), performed by Mimulus Dance Company of Brazil. Based in Belo Horizonte, Mimulus made its U.S. debut at Jacob’s Pillow in 2007 and is celebrated internationally for its unique combination of social dance and contemporary choreography. In Por Um Fio, the company honors the life and work of Brazilian outsider artist Arthur Bispo do Rosário with an evening-length production full of dynamic sets, interactive costuming, inventive dance, and an eclectic score. Following their Festival 2007 performance, Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times wrote: “[Artistic Director] Jomar Mesquita and his Mimulus dance company ought to be bottled and sold as elixir…the sassy, charming young dancers of this Brazilian troupe filled the Ted Shawn Theatre with infectious wit and energy as well as intriguing dance invention.”

About Mimulus

“The dancers of Mimulus are irresistible. Their passion and zest for life and art is evident in every performance, and audiences fall in love instantly,” comments Ella Baff, Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow. “They rarely perform in the United States, so I am very pleased that they will open the season in the Ted Shawn Theatre, where they appeared in U.S. for the first time. This production has something for everyone ― sensational dancing, theatricality, creative visual design, and beautiful music. It’s the perfect beginning to a fantastic summer of dance.”

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