Jacob’s Pillow Dance Announces 85th Anniversary Season; Special Commissions, Site-Specific Work, World Premieres, Live Music; Artists from Israel, Cuba, Japan, The U.K., and Canada

December 14, 2016 – (Becket, MA) – Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking attendance of Festival 2016, Jacob‘s Pillow Dance announces 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 of 2016.

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 April 3, online at 12:01am and via phone at 10am (413.243.0745); Jacob‘s Pillow Members can order as early as January 17.

“It has been an honor to plan the 85th Anniversary Season,” says Jacob‘s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge. “This summer’s Festival includes five companies making their Jacob‘s Pillow debut, an accomplished artist in a new curatorial role, and site-specific works made specifically for the Pillow‘s unique natural setting. I am also pleased to welcome back the companies of artists with long, rich histories with the organization, including Paul Taylor and Trisha Brown, as well as Pilobolus Dance Theater.”

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