PillowTalks are a curated series of entertaining and informative discussions with choreographers, writers, filmmakers, and cultural experts. Recordings of PillowTalks will be shared online throughout the summer, premiering Fridays at 4pm, and remain on YouTube indefinitely.
PillowTalk: William Kentridge: Starve the Algorithm
Released July 2 | Presented online only
South African artist William Kentridge collaborates with Wayne Ashley, Xander Seren, and Neil Souza in a Pillow-commissioned project envisioning a new virtual performing arts platform. This event is made possible by a gift from Hunter Runnette and Mark VandenBosch.
PillowTalk: Okwui Okpokwasili & Saidiya Hartman
Released July 9 | Presented online only
Two MacArthur Award recipients, multidisciplinary artist Okwui Okpokwasili and scholar Saidiya Hartman, come together for a meaningful discussion about the afterlife of slavery in modern American society and other timely topics.
PillowTalk: Grand Union with Wendy Perron
Released July 16
Remembered today as the “accidental anarchists of downtown dance,” this seminal 1970s performance group is chronicled in a new book by Wendy Perron.
PillowTalk: CONTRA-TIEMPO’s Ana Maria Alvarez
Released July 23
This impressive Cuban-American artist talks about her success in boldly traversing the worlds of social dance, political activism, community organizing, and art making.
PillowTalk: Curatorial Voices
Released July 30
Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge joins new Pillow associate curators Melanie George and Ali Rosa-Salas in discussing how Festival 2021 came into being and the role of dance in a changing world.
PillowTalk: Build Me a Theater
Released August 6
Ted Shawn’s instructions to architect Joseph Franz provide the title for an exhibition and this discussion of Pillow performance spaces, past and present.
PillowTalk: Celebrating Warren Davis
Released August 13
This craftsman who provided the Ted Shawn Theatre’s immense beams was a local hero, a pioneering Black businessman connected with W.E.B. DuBois.
PillowTalk: Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Released August 20
Revered as the oldest continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas, this versatile ensemble is making its long-awaited Pillow debut.
PillowTalk: The History of Jazz Dance
Released August 27
As a foremost tradition-bearer of Black American social dance, LaTasha Barnes places jazz dance in the context of House, Hip-Hop, Waacking, and Lindy Hop.
PillowTalk: Elizabeth Streb
Released September 3
A true original in the performing arts, Streb discusses her concepts of extreme action, which challenge the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility.
PillowTalk: Ballet Coast to Coast
Released September 10
Mirroring the current performance program, this discussion recounts the 20th -century evolution of regional ballet and recent developments in the field.
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