MoBBallet: Creating
Pathways to Performance

At outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage: Jul 10 - Jul 11

Event Dates
Wednesday, Jul 10

6:00 PM Buy Tickets

Thursday, Jul 11

6:00 PM Buy Tickets


MoBBallet: Creating Pathways to Performance
July 10-11, 2024

Pillow Debut
Performance Times:
Wed 6pm | Thu 6pm

The Pathways to Performance (PTP) Choreographic Program is an exciting new initiative by Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet) founder Theresa Ruth Howard, supported by Jacob’s Pillow and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

MoBBallet created PTP in order to nurture and develop Black ballet choreographers and those of color, providing them with opportunities to create and present their work on prominent stages. This engagement on the Leir Stage will feature a range of newly-commissioned and previous works by five Black choreographers, including a new work by Meredith Rainey developed in the Pillow Lab residency program this spring.

A multi-talented and highly-regarded voice in the field, Howard is a former ballet dancer, curator, scholar, and arts leader with a longstanding connection to Jacob’s Pillow. She founded MoBBallet in 2015 to preserve, promote, and present the historical and present-day contributions of Blacks in ballet. Following Howard’s work in a Reframing the Narrative residency at the Kennedy Center, her launch of the PTP Choreographic Program at the MoBBallet Symposium led to this most recent collaboration with Jacob’s Pillow.

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