JACOB'S PILLOW OPENS 80TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL
MIMULUS DANCE COMPANY, OF BRAZIL,
IN THE U.S. PREMIERE OF POR UM FIO
June 7, 2012 - (Becket, MA) 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."
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