Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Sneak-Previews 2016 Season [Berkshire on Stage]

November 18th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Virtuosic tap dance meets interactive electronic music technology in ETM: Double Down, a world premiere from Dorrance Dance. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

Virtuosic tap dance meets interactive electronic music technology in “ETM: Double Down,” a world premiere from Dorrance Dance. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

By Larry Murray

While not giving the whole schedule away – they’re still hard at work on that – the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is giving us a sneak peek at the first four companies that it plans to showcase in 2016. The festival, located in Beckett, runs from June to August, though it also has a surprising number of year-round activities of interest to dance enthusiasts. We take a look at both, along with a look back on Summer 2015.

The quartet of companies announced early for the 2016 Festival are: the dynamic audience favorite Aspen Santa Fe Ballet; tap dance sensation and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance and her company Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down; the Festival 2015’s breakout star Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, and a rare U.S. appearance of the all-male, France-based ensemble Compagnie Hervé KOUBI.

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