85th Anniversary Season Performances


This momentous 85th Anniversary Festival Season included powerhouse ballet company Miami City Ballet, legendary modern dance ensemble Paul Taylor Dance Company, UK-based artist Aakash Odedra, 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-recipient Camille A. Brown, and Japanese-born artist Eiko Otake in a special, site-specific piece during a limited engagement on the Pillow grounds.

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Jacob's Pillow's 85th Anniversary Season

Miami City Ballet

Jun 21-25

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Hailed by The New York Times as “one of America’s most beloved dance companies”, these stunning ballet dancers open the Pillow’s 85th Anniversary Season, bringing works from master choreographers George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, and Peter Martins.

Jonah Bokaer Choreography

Jun 21-25

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Celebrated modern dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer combines his sleek, elegant aesthetic with playful and surprising architectural elements by longtime collaborator, visual artist Daniel Arsham. The pair’s newest creation, Rules Of The Game, is set to an original score by GRAMMY Award-winning artist Pharrell Williams.

TIRELESS: a tap dance experience curated by Michelle Dorrance

Jun 28-Jul 2

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This exclusive, Pillow-only engagement brings together astonishing tap artists from our backyard and beyond in a program introduced by the “tireless ambassador of tap” Michelle Dorrance (The New York Times). | LIVE MUSIC

NW Dance Project

Jun 28-Jul 2

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Known for their “cutting edge contemporary work” (The Portland Tribune), this Portland, Oregon-based dance company brings classically-trained, versatile dancers and an all-original repertory.

Jessica Lang Dance

Jul 5-9

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Led by the vision of highly-acclaimed choreographer Jessica Lang, this Pillow audience favorite brings exquisite works to the Ted Shawn Theatre. | LIVE MUSIC

Faye Driscoll

Jul 5-9

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“Unpredictable, funny, and endlessly entertaining” (The Chicago Tribune), Faye Driscoll's work Thank You for Coming: Attendance softens the borders between artist and audience, offering a rich, humorous, and deeply human experience.

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Jul 12-16

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In a special 85th Anniversary Season appearance, Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to Jacob’s Pillow. The program brims with audience favorites including the youthful and romantic Esplanade, as well as other “finely crafted, poetic, and often witty works.” (The Washington Post)

Roy Assaf Dance

Jul 12-16

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Israeli company Roy Assaf Dance makes its U.S. debut in a program of clever and heartfelt works including Six Years Later, an embracing duet, and The Hill, an all-male trio based on the Hebrew song “Givat Hatahmoshet”.

Compagnie Marie Chouinard

Jul 19-23

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Canadian choreographer Marie Chouinard is a “hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness” (The New York Times). Her company presents two original and daring works—24 Preludes by Chopin and Henri Michaux: Mouvements. | LIVE MUSIC

Aakash Odedra

Jul 19-23

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“Simply breathtaking” (The Globe and Mail) British artist Aakash Odedra takes the stage in the captivating solo Rising with choreography from acclaimed international artists Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, and Odedra himself.

Ballet Hispánico

Jul 26-30

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Ballet Hispánico brings captivating style, crisp technique, and charismatic bravado to the Ted Shawn Theatre. The Latin-inspired program features Colombian-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s physically-charged Línea Recta, among other works.

AteNine

Jul 26-30

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Led by “choreography’s It girl” (LA Times) and Batsheva Dance Company’s former rehearsal director Danielle Agami, the Los Angeles-based ensemble brings a mixed bill program of mesmerizing intensity steeped in the visceral Gaga movement language.

Doug Varone & Dancers

Aug 2-6

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Praised for “sheer kinetic force and profound emotional insight” (The Washington Post), modern dance company Doug Varone & Dancers delivers expansive vision, versatility, and technical prowess.

Kyle Abraham /Abraham.in.Motion

Aug 2-6

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Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.in.Motion return to the Pillow with Dearest Home, an interactive dance performance exploring different cultural views and exchanges about love and the absence of love.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Aug 9-13

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner Camille A. Brown is known for her theatrical works filled with gutsy moves and bold storytelling. BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play is a joyful and moving exploration of childhood innocence, girlhood awareness, and maturation of the Black female through her lens. | LIVE MUSIC

Dendy/Donovan Projects' Elvis Everywhere

Aug 9-13

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Praised for his “brilliance and surprise” (The Washington Post), Mark Dendy’s work is known for its searing social commentary and intense physicality. Elvis Everywhere scrutinizes society’s obsession with celebrity, ultimately drawing chilling connections with 2016’s chaotic political state.

Trisha Brown Dance Company

Aug 16-19

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Witty, inventive, and free from convention, Trisha Brown is modern dance’s “boundary pusher”(The Wall Street Journal). The program will include a specially curated work for the Pillow’s 85th Anniversary Season featuring alumni of the company and other works to be announced.

Compañía Irene Rodríguez

Aug 16-20

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The “intense, exacting” (The New York Times) Irene Rodríguez is one of the most prominent figures in Cuban dance. Performing alongside her six talented dancers and an ensemble of live musicians, Rodríguez melds flamenco’s fiery passion and exhilarating footwork with a unique Afro-Cuban flair, leaving a “trail of triumph and applause” (Granma, Cuba). | LIVE MUSIC

The Washington Ballet

Aug 23-27

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This Washington, DC-based company presents an “elegant new era” (The Washington Post) of stunning technique, impressive range, and iconic contemporary works. The program includes Jiří Kylián’s thrilling Petite Mort and Alexei Ratmansky’s spellbinding Seven Sonatas, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's absorbing Sombrerisimo. | LIVE MUSIC

The Principles of Uncertainty

Aug 23-27

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham and acclaimed illustrator Maira Kalman join forces for the world premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty. Imaginative set design meets whimsical dance theatre, promising a delightful evening full of wit and charm. | LIVE MUSIC

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