Pillow Lab: 2023-2024

A year-round incubator of new work, the Pillow Lab hosts ten artist residencies this fall, winter, and spring. These customizable residencies support U.S.-based and international dance artists during crucial development, research, and technical stages of choreography-driven projects.

Pillow Lab: Ilya Vidrin

Residency: October 19-23, 2023
Continuing his practice-based research on ethics of physical interaction (Pillow Lab ’18 and Festival Residency ’19), Ilya Vidrin’s 2023 Pillow Lab will focus on developing a taxonomy of partnering with novel wearable technology.

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Pillow Lab: Sekou McMiller

Residency: October 25 - November 5, 2023
Showing: November 4, 2023

Sekou McMiller is developing a new installment within his “Afro Latin Jazz and Soul Experience” series, tentatively titled Shine. In Afro Latin partner dances, “shines” are expressive sequences of footwork and body movements performed during musical breaks.

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Pillow Lab: Lajuné McMillian

Residency: November 8 - 19, 2023
Showing: November 18, 2023

Spirit and Child is a series of prayers between Child and Spirit, presented as a live motion capture performance and installation. A healing ceremony unfurls as Child extends gratitude to Spirit for holding them through times of struggle and abandonment.

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Pillow Lab: Minty Fresh Circus

Residency: November 29 - December 10, 2023
December 9, 2023

Creator of Minty Fresh Circus Monique Martin investigates the power of Black music created by enslaved Africans as a healing alchemical force.

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Pillow Lab: Aakash Odedra

Residency: December 10 - 19, 2023
Showing: December 16, 2023

Leveraging their common cultural heritage, Aakash Odedra and Rani Khanam seek to explore and research form that upholds the sanctity of traditional Sufi Kathak, a classical style imbued with profound spiritual nuance and deeply rooted in the dance traditions of the Indian subcontinent, while also investigating its possibilities when viewed through a modern lens.

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Pillow Lab: Kyle Marshall Choreography

Residency: January 31 - February 11, 2024
Showing: February 10, 2024

In his first Pillow Lab, Kyle Marshall, director and choreographer of Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC) will embark on the ambitious Julius Eastman Trilogy, a series of dances embodying the music and legacy of Black queer minimalist composer Julius Eastman.

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Pillow Lab: CONTRA-TIEMPO Activist Dance Theater

Residency: February 14 - 25, 2024
Showing: Date TBA

During their Pillow Lab, CONTRA-TIEMPO will continue to develop their newest work, ¡azúcar!. Led by the vision of Alvarez, founding Artistic Director, alongside twenty artists and collaborators from across the country, ¡azúcar! brings to life the vibrations of Cuban musician Celia Cruz, and embodies personal narratives about sugar, Afro-Latin ancestral technologies, dance, music, and healing as a community practice.

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Pillow Lab: Hari Krishnan/inDANCE

Residency: February 28 - March 10, 2024
Showing: March 9, 2024

Hari Krishnan, a choreographer who specializes in Bharatanatyam, queer, and contemporary dance from global perspectives, will be developing ROWDIES IN LOVE in his Pillow Lab. The choreographic process will use an original contemporary Bharatanatyam movement vocabulary to explore representations of precision and queer intimacy.

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Pillow Lab: Theresa Ruth Howard

Residency: March 13-24, 2024
Showing: March 23, 2024

Theresa Ruth Howard and The Pathways to Performance (PTP) Choreographic Program return to Jacob’s Pillow for their second Pillow Lab as a part of the collaboration between the Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow, and Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet), founded by Theresa Ruth Howard.

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Pillow Lab: Miguel Gutierrez

Residency: July 2024
Showing: Date TBA

Miguel Gutierrez is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Lenapehoking/Brooklyn, NY and Tovaangar/Los Angeles. For this Pillow Lab residency, Gutierrez will split his time between two projects. 

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Lead support for the Pillow Lab is provided by the Mellon Foundation



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