DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow Announces Summer Schedule [Berkshire on Stage]

December 15th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara
Compagnie Marie Chouinard (photo: Marie Chouinard)

Compagnie Marie Chouinard (photo: Marie Chouinard)

Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking attendance of Festival 2016, Jacob’s Pillow in Becket has announced its 85th anniversary season of exciting programming featuring world premieres, commissions, site-specific work, international artists, live music and Pillow-exclusive engagements. Running June 21-August 27, Festival 2017 marks a notable moment in the history of the organization, with the first season programmed by Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge who joined the organization in April.

Highlights of the 85th anniversary season include the Pillow-exclusive engagement TIRELESS: A Tap Dance Experience curated by Michelle Dorrance with artists Reona and Takishi Seo of Japan, Jumaane Taylor of Chicago, Joe Orrach of San Francisco, and Joseph and Josette Wiggan of Los Angeles; a new site-specific work by the world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater commissioned for the outdoor Inside/Out stage; the world premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty, a collaboration between modern dance artist John Heginbotham and acclaimed author and illustrator Maira Kalman; the U.S. debut of Israeli dance company Roy Assaf Dance; and rare U.S. appearances by Compagnie Marie Chouinard of Canada and Compañía Irene Rodríguez of Cuba, whose program will also include a world premiere.

Notably, 11 companies with female artistic directors are represented amongst the Festival 2017 artists, more than half of the Pillow’s programmed season in the Ted Shawn and Doris Duke Theatres. Tickets go on sale to the public Monday, April 3, online at 12:01am and via phone at 10am (413.243.0745); Jacob’s Pillow Members can order as early as Tuesday, January 17.

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