The Land on Which We Dance

The Land on Which We Dance | August 7-11

Indigenous artists Sandra Laronde and Christopher K. Morgan facilitate a landmark gathering of Indigenous dance at Jacob’s Pillow. Related events identified below.

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Red Sky Performance | Aug 7-11

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance is praised as “magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail). They make their Pillow debut with Trace in the Doris Duke Theatre, inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories. | LIVE MUSIC

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Inside/Out: The Land on Which We Dance | Aug 7, 6:15pm

For this landmark gathering and to kick-off a week of celebrating contemporary Indigenous artists, the Pillow campus will be illuminated with an exchange of song, dance, and storytelling—bringing together local Indigenous peoples and inviting all to participate in this exchange. Learn more. | FREE, LIVE MUSIC

Stones and Stories with Christopher K. Morgan | Aug 8, 4-5pm

Native Hawaiian choreographer Christopher K. Morgan’s dance theater piece Pōhaku (the Hawaiian word for stone) incorporates stones in the performance. For this workshop, Morgan shares stories about the role of stones in traditional Hawaiian culture and his own life. Learn more. | FREE

Inside/Out: Christopher K. Morgan | Aug 8, 6:15pm

Choreographer and performer Christopher K. Morgan performs Pōhaku, a unique dance and hula performance with live music by electric cellist Wytold and Hawaiian chanter/percussionist Elsie Kaleihulukea Ryder. The show tells the story of Hawaii’s colonial past through the choreographer’s personal story of his ache for the land he is from, but never lived in. Learn more. | FREE

Storytelling Bonfire | Aug 9
(after evening performance, approx. 9:30pm)

Following the evening performances, the Pillow campus will be illuminated with an exchange of song, dance, and storytelling centered around a bonfire. This event is a moment to bring together local Indigenous peoples with contemporary Indigenous artists—anchored by the presentation of Toronto-based Red Sky Performance.  | FREE

In the event of rain the bonfire will be cancelled by 7:30pm and posted online.

PillowTalk: Indigenous Dance | Aug 10, 4pm

Sandra Laronde of Red Sky Performance compares notes with Hawaiian Christopher K. Morgan, exploring the challenges of maintaining Indigenous dance traditions in today’s increasingly diverse world. Learn more. | FREE