Outdoor Inside/Out Performances are popular with all ages. Enjoy a variety of dance companies and styles on the new Henry J. Leir Stage at the breathtaking Marcia and Seymour Simon Performance Space, Wednesdays-Saturdays at 6:15pm.

2013 Inside/Out Performances

Jamal Jackson Dance Company - Lift Ev'ry Voice Event
Wednesday, June 19 at 6:15pm
Jamal Jackson Dance Company (JJDC) founded in 2004, combines traditional African dance with contemporary movement to create energetic, engaging, and aesthetically-pleasing performances that challenge audiences to investigate the balance between individuality and group acceptance. Through movement that keeps the dancers constantly disconnected from the ground and employs ever-changing groupings, JJDC's work speaks to the shunning of labels and stereotypes as well as the joy in being able to move fluidly between different groups of people.  JJDC takes a unique approach to complex rhythmic structure and implements live percussion to give the choreography beautiful accents that complement a strong underlying pulse. Each piece is meant to connect with the next to form a theme and clear progression of ideas. Jackson has a strong desire to not only entertain and educate an audience, but to also pass on dance to people of all ages.  

Oyo Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble - Lift Ev'ry Voice Event 
Thursday, June 20 at 6:15pm
Oyu Oro, founded and directed by an internationally renowned folklore artist Danys "La Mora" Pérez, is committed to the preservation of Afro-Cuban culture through dance, song, and music. Their repertoire pays tribute to Latin-Caribbean and African cultural lineages derived from the Yoruba, Congo, Carabali, Arará, and Dhomean cultures of West Africa and Haiti. 

Friday, June 21 at 6:15pm
inDANCE presents two iconoclastic works adapted for the Inside/Out series. Artistic director Hari Krishnan performs The Frog Princess, a tour-de-force Bharatanatyam solo. Dancers Paul Charbonneau, Benjamin Landsberg, and Hiroshi Miyamoto perform an excerpt from I, Cyclops, a postmodern, pan-Asian work that catapults the audience between the mystical Shiva's third eye and James Marsden's cool, red shades in Hollywood's X-Men reboot. 

Saturday, June 22 at 6:15pm
To conclude their study in the Ballet Program, dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow present classical ballet variations coached by program director Anna-Marie Holmes and a new work by Helen Pickett that will have its premiere performance by the dancers at the June 15 Gala.

Wednesday, June 26 at 6:15pm
New York City-based Dances for A Variable Population (DVP), directed by Naomi Goldberg Haas, is a multigenerational dance company that brings dance to the community and brings the community into performances. Through fun, lively, and beautifully executed choreography, DVP makes inclusive dance that engages communities as participants and audience members, erasing the border between dancer and non-dancer. For the Inside/Out festival, DVP brings a restaging of Washington Square Dances inspired by Terry Riley's landmark 1964 composition In C, remixed by contemporary composers, created for the arrival of Spring in New York City and the recent renovation of Washington Square Park. Audiences of all ages will have the opportunity to join DVP in a grand finale.   

Thursday, June 27 at 6:15pm
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (PCDC) has been a powerhouse of energetic and evocative dance since its inception in 1984 when it was founded by Artistic Director Igal Perry. Perry's newest work Infinity is set to Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata: Adagio. The piece was inspired by the striking images of rural landscapes frequent in Salvador Dali's paintings and depicts the delicate vulnerability of the human image against a background of vast, open spaces. PCDC also performs a duet excerpted from Ohad Naharin's Mabul (1992) set to Vivaldi. The work includes raw dance passages that reflect modern Israeli life. 

Jeremy McQueen - Lift Ev'ry Voice Event
Friday, June 28 at 6:15pm
Jeremy McQueen, performer of the Broadway musicals Wicked and The Color Purple and an emerging choreographer, returns to Inside/Out this summer presenting a selection of his newest works. McQueen, a 2013 recipient of the Joffrey Ballet's Choreographers of Color Award, will present the New England premiere of Black Iris. Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's 1926 Black Iris III painting, McQueen's Black Iris, performed en pointe and featuring a dynamic cast of 13, is set to Felix Mendelssohn's amorous "Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66." "Black Iris is a work about what it means to be a modern Black woman, the push and pull of the beauty and the groundedness, and pursuit of a fulfilling existence against adversity and struggle." (Britt Julious, WBEZ 91.5 Chicago). McQueen's choreographic work, which takes the form of contemporary, ballet-based movement, focuses on the artistry and the emotion behind storytelling through movement.

Saturday, June 29 at 6:15pm
As part of their study in the Movin' Commercial Program, dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow present commercial dance variations, directed by program director Jeffrey Page.

Wednesday, July 3 at 6:15pm
The Art of Motion Dance Theatre (AOMDT) is a repertory company performing original works by artistic directors Lynn Needle, Olivia Galgano, and guest artists. Hailing from the Nikolais and Ballet Russe legacies, Needle and Galgano have created works defying logic.  The multidisciplinary company features exotic handmade costumes, conceived, and constructed by visual and performing artist Annie Hickman. AOMDT was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal, and was hailed by Out and About as "absolutely fantastic." The company will premiere Heaven & Earth, a delight for the senses. Characterized as the epitome of organic beauty, the program pays homage to eastern and western aesthetics, resulting in a fresh vocabulary. The suite embodies the mysticism of the heavens and the glory of planet earth.

Thursday, July 4 at 6:15pm
The Sayat Nova Dance Company (SNDC) of Boston was formed in January 1986 as an independent, non-profit dance ensemble, under the direction of Apo Ashjian. With his leadership and the efforts of a handful of dedicated individuals, the Company has surrounded itself by a group of young, talented individuals from all walks of life. The company takes its name from the famous 18th century troubadour, Sayat Nova, whose beautiful music and poetry captures the essence of the Armenian spirit. The SNDC mission is to preserve and promote the Armenian culture, primarily through the art of dance. Apo Ashjian has been active in Armenian dance for more than 40 years. He has been a director of a number of dance ensembles before founding SNDC. Ashjian studied dance in Armenia with renowned choreographers and ethnographers mastering the art of dance. He also received a diploma of Armenian dance choreography from the Khachatur Abovyan University.

Friday, July 5 at 6:15pm
Pasión y Arte Flamenco (PyA), founded in 2000 by Elba Hevia y Vaca, has created and self-produced five original, full-length, flamenco-based dance pieces. Drawing upon a mastery of flamenco along with other dance forms, mixed media, and experimentation in narrative and symbolic storytelling, PyA embraces the tensions between modern and traditional approaches.  Through its work and the diversity of its company members, PyA explores the knowledge of the art form beyond its traditional heritage with its strict conventions of dance, production styles, and gender stereotyping. This all-women ensemble invites you to the images, sounds, and feelings of the world of the feminine, the masculine, the collaborator, and the co-conspirator while exploring the many conflicting definitions of the 21st century woman.  Cómplices is the first commissioned work by world-renowned Flamenco artist from Spain Rosario Toledo with original composition by Spanish Flamenco composer/guitarist Dani de Moron and Cuban-based composer/percussionist Francois Zayas.  

Saturday, July 6 at 6:15pm
To conclude their study in the Movin' Commercial Program, dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow present commercial dance variations, coached by program director Jeffrey Page.

Wednesday, July 10 at 6:15pm
Inspired by vernacular Jazz and swing-era dances of the 1920s-1950s, this New York City-based dance company presents choreography that captures the excitement of improvisation in partnered dancing and solo movement. Company directors Michael Jagger and Evita Arce have assembled an eclectic cast of dancers to showcase an equally diverse array of styles. Classics like the Charleston, romantic movie-musical numbers, and high-flying Lindy Hop routines are juxtaposed against pieces tinged with Hip Hop flavor, Electro-Swing beats, and cool Jazz sensuality.

Thursday, July 11 at 6:15pm
Based in New York City, Tina Croll explores the intricate figures and rhythms of Balkan folk music in Balkan Dreams II with "stunning permutations of heel-and-toe, twist, kick, and stamp." (Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice)  Croll's interest in complex rhythmic footwork will also be seen in Walkabout performed to John Cage's early music for prepared piano.  The final piece, The Stamping Ground, is inspired by the Sanskrit saying: Sanghe Shakti Kalau Yuge (In this dark age, strength is in unity). Full of intricate spatial patterns, the music is from various sources including Alvin Lucier, Abdelli, and traditional music from Rumania and Hungary. 

Friday, July 12 at 6:15pm
Award-winning choreographer Ramya Ramnarayan performs classical dance form Bharatanatyam, known for its powerful technique, graceful movements, and striking poses. Mime and music contribute in equal measure. The dance form utilizes a vocabulary of classical steps to create complex rhythmic patterns and tells stories with a language of gestures. Bharatanatyam is used both as a vehicle of worship and as an expression of profound emotions. 

Saturday, July 13 at 6:15pm
During their first week of study in the Contemporary Program, dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow present contemporary dance variations coached by program director Milton Myers.

Wednesday, July 17 at 6:15pm
MADboots dance co. was founded in 2011 by Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz. Since joining forces, the duo have performed in New York City, Canada, and Italy, and have been guest teachers at Broadway Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Point Park University in Pittsburgh, and Seattle's Velocity Dance Center. Most recently, the Duo Multicultural Arts Center produced MADboots' first full-evening performance. This performance is a collage comprised of three short works created in 2012. It is MADboots' mission to create musically driven, complex, and theatrical works steeped in athleticism, humor, and humanity. NYC Dance Stuff blogger Darrell Wood described Campbell and Diaz as "Louis and Clark, nothing is too obscure to investigate nor too large to try...They are fearless, unapologetic and in your face with a no-holds barred approach to dance, creating a bold artistic vision that is uniquely their own."

Thursday, July 18 at 6:15pm
California-based Artesan Dance Company is an emerging company of contemporary dancers, b-boys, ballerinas, and urban dancers. Artesan brings a fresh and exciting viewpoint of the world to the stage by fusing the beauty of classical lines with the edge and innovation of the company's diverse styles and ideas. Artesan Dance Company's artful fusion of contemporary and urban styles comes together in Parallels of Another Universe

Friday, July 19 at 6:15pm
Established in 1987, Rochester City Ballet (RCB) is a contemporary ballet company that is based in Rochester, NY. At Inside/Out, RCB will perform 4Play, an en pointe, modern-day "battle of the sexes," that features live drumming on stage with the dancers.  The company also performs Bravo! Colorado, a gorgeous contemporary ballet that pays tribute to the majestic mountains, alpine gardens, and rapid whitewaters of Colorado.

Saturday, July 20 at 6:15pm
To conclude their study in the Contemporary Program, dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow present contemporary dance variations coached by program director Milton Myers.

Wednesday, July 24 at 6:15pm
Life Dance Company has grown out of the work of Diversity of Dance, Inc.'s founder and Artistic Director Fredrick Earl Mosley. Most of the company members have worked with Mosley and many have studied at Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts' summer intensive. The choreography of this young repertory company is a diverse mix of different styles, objectives, concepts, and expressions of some of today's greatest artists. In addition to Mosley's choreography, the company's repertory includes works by Ronald K. Brown, Kevin Wynn, Meredith Rainey, Darrell Moultrie, among others. The dancers bring beauty, grace, energy, and style to each work, often with humor. The company's vision is unique as its mission is to donate a portion of each performance, workshop, or residency to a worthy charitable cause such as cancer research. 

Vacanti Ballets
Thursday, July 25 at 6:15pm
Founded in 2012, Vacanti Ballets showcases the choreography of Thomas Vacanti. In the past year, Vacanti has assembled a group of dancers that are simultaneously athletic, supple, and passionate in their dancing. A full commitment to dance vocabulary and dramatic intent is inherent in each of the works presented. The program includes technically demanding movement and intense dancing. Proverb is a highly-technical male solo that manipulates thematic dance vocabulary into an intricate mathematical puzzle. In doing so, the piece creates a unique symbiotic relationship between dance, language, and music. Ruhe intertwines choreography around the concepts of "peace," "quiet," "rest," and the quest for these attributes in life. Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal explores current, personal interpretations of Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem of the same name. The ballet captures the sensuality, vulnerability, and yearning of attraction and unrequited love.

Friday, July 26 at 6:15pm
Texture is comprised of classically-trained professional ballet dancers who have danced and trained at some of the top ballet companies and schools in the U.S. Co-choreographed by Texture Artistic Directors Alan Obuzor and Kelsey Bartman, Infinity looks at the opposing ideas and concepts of infinite and finite and how it relates to the human condition, interactions, mankind, and the world-at-large. Texture strives to inspire dancers, teachers, directors, choreographers, audience members, and artists of every kind, by presenting ballet in an innovative way.

Saturday, July 27 at 6:15pm
To conclude their study in the Contemporary Program, dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow present contemporary dance variations coached by program director Milton Myers.

Wednesday, July 31 at 6:15pm
Founded in 2003, Jessica Gaynor Dance (JGD) is a six-member modern dance company based in Brooklyn, NY. The company, hailed for its "risk-laden" physicality and sophisticated choreography, performs pieces that utilize extreme physicality, intricate patterning, and formal structures in an exploration of the complexities of human experience. HERO showcases the extreme potential of the human form. Each of the six dancers in HERO takes on the role of a unique character whose particular defining traits have been abstracted and distilled to the point of representing a kind of archetype of human physicality.

Thursday, August 1 at 6:15pm
Atamira Dance Company, New Zealand's leading Māori contemporary dance company, features the world's top Māori dancers and choreographers in works drawing from their own personal stories and whakapapa (genealogy/tribal links) and inspired by Aotearoa's (Māori for New Zealand) history, legends, and indigenous issues. Atamira is committed to work that explores being contemporary Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, and finding resonance in both contemporary dance vocabulary and music as much as in Māori traditions. Atamira will perform Haka, which interprets traditional Māori chant through modern movement language; Indigenarchy, exploring images and stereotypes of indigenous identity from various cultures; and Moko, a fluid, kinetic, and driving dance work inspired by the ancient Māori art and cultural touchstone of 'ta moko' or body tattoo, reflecting kinship and relationships, and serving as a metaphor for becoming whole. "Atamira is an exciting, assured company that is growing from strength to strength." (New Zealand Listener)

Friday, August 2 at 6:15pm
Eidolon Ballet, led by Artistic Director Melanie Cortier, is a chamber-sized contemporary ballet company created in 1999 with a reputation for developing accessible, unorthodox, and fun-loving forms of dance. Eidolon contrasts ballet and modern dance with ethnic, modern, and classical music, creating a universal dance experience. Eidolon's Inside/Out program begins with Sookie Jumps, a work that explores the music of Leadbelly, legendary American folk singer and self-proclaimed "King of the 12-string guitar," through the movements of seven women in plain-spun skirts. The program ends with Mana (Hawaiian for power). This piece is set to the Hawaiian slack-key guitar music of Moses Kahumoku, Ozzie Kotani, and Keola Beamer and celebrates nature's inherent ability to regenerate. Mana follows the cycle of a day (Alaula - dawn, Ao - day, and Po - night) and uses the beauty and strength of women to manifest the power of nature. 

Saturday, August 3 at 6:15pm
As part of their study in the Jazz/Musical Theatre Program, dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow present jazz/musical theatre dance variations coached by program director Chet Walker.

Wednesday, August 7 at 6:15pm
Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) was formed in 2011 to explore a new movement language that combines the rawness of underground styles, such as breaking, house, hip hop, and vogue, with more traditional forms of dance. Creating work that speaks to our universal human experience, EAD is dedicated to bringing dance to audiences who often do not have the opportunity to see live performance. This program will feature pieces from EAD's repertory: in 3 movements, a solo that reflects on our path toward adulthood; Carnival of the Animals...kind of, a comedic urban take on Saint-Saens' well known score; and New York Soul, a high energy reminder of the wonderful connection between the dance styles of salsa and breaking. Following the performance, EAD company members will take the audience through a brief lecture demonstration to explain the diverse styles found in the New York underground dance scene.

Thursday, August 8 at 6:15pm
lauren edson + dancers strives to create work that is innovative, collaborative, challenging, engaging, and emotionally evocative.  Led by Boise-based choreographer Lauren Edson, a celebrated former company member of Trey McIntyre Project, this group of talented and diverse artists performs Edson's choreography throughout the nation. "The Trey McIntyre Project, based in Boise and led by McIntyre, a former Oregon Ballet Theatre resident choreographer who is a rising international star, has obviously been a happy home for Edson, who is one of the project's leading dancers and has taken easily to the challenges of choreography." (Bob Hicks, The Oregonian)

Friday, August 9 at 6:15pm
The Steps Repertory Ensemble commissions internationally acclaimed choreographers, both established and emerging, to create new works and to re-stage repertory for the company.  The Ensemble performs at Steps Beyond's productions as well as nationally and internationally throughout the year. Choreographers have included Aszure Barton, Cherice Barton, Camille A. Brown, Donald Byrd, Sean Curran, Louis Falco, Shannon Gillen, Zvi Gotheiner, Larry Keigwin, Andrea Miller, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Nathan Trice, Bill Young, and Manuel Vignoulle. 

Saturday, August 10 at 6:15pm
As part of  their study in the Jazz/Musical Theatre Program, dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow present jazz/musical theatre dance variations coached by program director Chet Walker.

Wednesday, August 14 at 6:15pm
Connecticut-based Mystic Ballet (MB) is dedicated to performing a diverse range of contemporary dance works. Along with resident choreographers, MB showcases works by Stephan Toss, Sergei Vanaev, Sidra Bell, Gabrielle Lamb, Brian Enos, Jozsef Csaba-Hajzer, and Lauren Edson. MB was recently featured in The New York Times and described as "top-notch ballet." With the support of Connecticut's Department of Economic and Cultural Development, the company has toured Germany, Japan, Central America, and Brazil. In recognition of MB's "ongoing contribution to the cultural and artistic life of the region," the State of Connecticut acclaims, "the extraordinary talent and creative genius of Goran Subotic and the Mystic Ballet have brought a new dimension of beauty to our community and our state." 

Thursday, August 15 at 6:15pm
The Amy Marshall Dance Company, co-founded by choreographer Amy Marshall and Executive Director Chad Levy, uses dance as a visual metaphor for the human spirit.  Marshall's choreography pays tribute to both the beauty and tribulations of life's experiences through dramatic movement. The work's emotional structure explodes across the stage with dramatic confrontation and then suddenly resolves itself into a poignancy of classical dimensions. Since its inception in 2000, the company has performed and taught across North America, Europe, and Asia. Through these performances, master classes, and dance workshops, the company has inspired audiences and invigorated young dancers in a way that will both challenge and reward them all for years to come.

Friday, August 16 at 6:15pm
American Repertory Ballet (ARB) is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th century alongside new and existing works by today's choreographers. ARB's dancers are known for their versatility and artistry. The professional company, formed in 1978, is now under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin. Martin is a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and has been with American Repertory Ballet since 1993 as a dancer, teacher, and ballet master.  The company's rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields, and Melissa Barak; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre, and Graham Lustig.

Saturday, August 17 at 6:15pm
To conclude their study in the Jazz/Musical Theatre Program, dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow present jazz/musical theatre dance variations coached by program director Chet Walker.

Wednesday, August 21 at 6:15pm
A Palo Seco is a New York City-based Flamenco Company described as "awesomely fiery" (The New York Times) and "a feast for the eyes and the ears" (Theater Online).  The company has been acknowledged as an up and coming voice in the national Flamenco community for its artistic vision deeply rooted in Flamenco tradition, yet relevant in a modern urban context. Led by artistic director and choreographer Rebeca Tomas and musical director Pedro Cortes, the productions feature traditional Flamenco repertoire combined with the company's penchant for an innovative and edgy New York City feel.

Thursday, August 22 at 6:15pm
The Bill Evans Dance Company (BEDC), founded in 1975,  has performed in all 50 states; throughout Mexico and Canada; and in many other countries in Central America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia.  Evans has choreographed more than 250 works for professional dance companies, including his own, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ballet West, Concert Dance Company of Boston, Deutsche Opera Ballet--West Berlin, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Rire-Woodbury Dance Company, Stars of American Ballet Theatre at Jacob's Pillow, and many others.  He is a distinguished emeritus professor at the University of New Mexico and has served as visiting artist professor of dance at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, since 2004. BEDCO's 2013 Inside/Out performance will include three of Evans' works: Quartet for Jamie (2013), Los Ritmos Calientes (1999) and Tres Tangos (1986).

Friday, August 23 at 6:15pm
Since their debut in 2000, the women of LAVA have been manifesting a unique vision of dance centered on strength, courage, and teamwork. The troupe develops and performs original works that integrate athletic physicality, intellectual rigor, and social commentary. Founded by Sarah East Johnson, LAVA has become known for an explosive choreographic language that pushes the accepted boundaries of dance and the female form by incorporating postmodern movement and various forms of dance with acrobatics, live music, theater, and visual art. 

August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble
Saturday, August 24 at 6:15pm
With such an engaging and spirited group of seven dancers, The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (AWCDE) is known for setting the audience ablaze with energy. Not only versatile in their shape, size, and color; they have a powerhouse of repertory that features the beauty of athleticism. Hailing from the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, AWCDE is committed to staying on the pulse of contemporary dance through its world-class repertory and diverse group of dancers, bringing the multicultural community together in a professional, educational environment while preserving the African American experience. AWCDE claimed a spot on Dance Magazine's 2012 "Top 25 to Watch."

Inside/Out Schedule

Wednesdays-Saturdays during the Festival, 6:15pm

In the event of inclement weather, Inside/Out performances move indoors to a studio seating 80 people. Call the Box Office at 413.243.0745 after 5:15pm to find out if the performance is moved indoors.

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