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.
PillowTalk: William Kentridge: Starve the Algorithm
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
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
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
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
Ballet Hispánico’s Eduardo Vilaro joins new Pillow associate curators Melanie George and Ali Rosa-Salas in discussing the role of dance in a changing world.
PillowTalk: Build Me a Theater
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: Warren Davis
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
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
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
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
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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