The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program

The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program
August 20—30

Bebe Miller and Risa Steinberg, Program Directors

For eight choreographers who have been creating professional work for a minimum of 2 years. We welcome choreographers from varied traditions in the United States and internationally, both with or without academic training. Most Choreography Fellows selected will be 20-30 years of age, though choreographers entering the field later in their career will be considered.

The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program supports and expands the role of Jacob’s Pillow as a year-round center for dance creation and research as outlined by Vision ‘22, the institution’s five-year growth plan.

Led by long-time transformative dance artists and mentors, Bebe Miller and Risa Steinberg, eight Choreography Fellows will be guided through extensive studio time to evolve their choreographic idea. The program is fully process-oriented, with no expectations of an end-product or public showing. Fellows will use discussions, assignments, and individual feedback sessions to craft and evolve choreography. Festival choreographers, guest choreographers, and other professionals will meet with the Fellows throughout the program to share additional insights and career advice.

Each Choreography Fellow will be able to invite two dancers to join them, ensuring that work developed at the Pillow can continue in their home communities if desired. Participation costs for the Fellows are underwritten, except for travel expenses; and dancers receive a modest participation stipend.

This truly dance-immersive experience includes living onsite, researching in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives, viewing dance exhibitions, seeing five Festival companies on three stages, and attending artist and scholar-led talks. These experiences are integral to the development of a unique artistic point of view. Check out companies performing in Festival 2019.

Continued mentoring to further develop work begun at the Pillow will be available for each Fellow after the program. A dance artist of the Fellow’s choice, including program directors and Pillow Lab artists, will provide up to 10 hours of audio/video one-to-one dialogues; unless the mentor is a Pillow Lab artist, in which case the Fellow may return to the Pillow to observe rehearsals, use studio and archive resources as available, and begin dialogues with their mentor.  

Program Directors

Bebe Miller

Bebe Miller, a native New Yorker, formed Bebe Miller Company in 1985 to pursue her interest in finding a physical language for the human condition. She has collaborated with artists along with the dancers who share her studio practice and from whom she has learned what dancing can reveal.

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Risa Steinberg

Risa Steinberg is an active member of the dance community as a performer, teacher, re-constructor of the works of José Limón, and mentor to young, emerging, and established choreographers.

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