The Hong Kong Ballet in the Ted Shawn Theatre and the world premiere of Carmen de Lavallade’s As I Remember It in the Doris Duke Theatre will launch the Jacob’s Pillow 2014 season in Becket, with more than 350 events over a busy summer that include both free and ticketed performances, talks, exhibits and more.
Having their initial appearance in 2012, the Hong Kong Ballet returns with sleek elegance, technical precision and a range of contemporary ballets. Directed by Madeleine Onne, former artistic director of the Royal Swedish Ballet, the company performs a varied program that includes Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow, set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and “Orchestral Suite in D Major No. 3.” The company’s male dancers will present Nacho Duato’s commanding Castrati, which explores themes of masculinity and sacrifice to the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Karl Jenkins. A poetic trio from A Room of Her Own, by National Ballet of China resident choreographer Fei Bo, opens this international program. The Hong Kong Ballet kicks off the 2014 Festival in the Ted Shawn Theatre on Wednesday (June 18) and continues through Sunday (June 22).