The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program

The Ann & Weston Hicks
Choreography Fellows Program | August 25—September 1

Dianne McIntyre & Risa Steinberg, Program Directors

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For eight choreographers who have been creating professional work for a minimum of two years. Choreographers from varied traditions, who work in the United States and internationally, with or without academic training, are considered. Most Fellows selected will be 22-34 years of age, though choreographers entering the field later in their careers are always given consideration.

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, Dianne McIntyre 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.

Discussions, assignments, and individual feedback sessions guide Fellows in crafting and evolving  choreography. Festival choreographers, visiting choreographers, and other professionals will meet and speak with the Fellows throughout the program to share additional insights and career advice.

Each Choreography Fellow will be asked 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; dancers receive a modest participation stipend.

This truly dance-immersive experience includes living onsite, seeing five Festival companies on three stages, researching in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives, viewing dance exhibitions, and attending artist and scholar-led talks. Choreographers gain a stronger artistic point of view, a vision of their possibilities in dance, and an influential career network.

Following the program, a continued mentoring opportunity is offered to further develop work begun at the Pillow. Fellow’s may select a dance artist of their choice, including program directors and Pillow Lab artists, to provide them with up to 10 hours of audio/video one-to-one dialogue/feedback time. If the mentor is a Pillow Lab artist, the Fellow will return to the Pillow to observe the artist’s rehearsals, use studio and archive resources as available, and interact with their mentor.

Festival companies during the program include The Sarasota Ballet and Aszure Barton & Artists. Learn about Festival 2020 and explore exciting program-related content, such as this 1998 clip of Dianne McIntyre performing her Willow Song, on Dance Interactive.


Program Directors

Dianne McIntyre

August 25—September 1
Dianne McIntyre is a dancer, choreographer, curator, cultural investigator who creates work in dance, theatre, film, and opera. Known for collaborations with live music, she founded and directed Sounds in Motion Company and School in Harlem for many years.

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Risa Steinberg

August 25—September 1
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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Visit Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive to view an ever-growing collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob's Pillow from the 1930's to today.