The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program

The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program | Aug 21-31

Dianne McIntyre & Risa Steinberg, Program Directors

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Dianne McIntyre & Risa Steinberg share insight into this inaugural program in a Pillow Pick.

The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program marks the continued implementation of Vision ‘22, the institution’s five-year growth plan to support and expand its role as a year-round center for dance creation and research.

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 a choreographic idea. The program is fully process-oriented, with no expectations of an end-product or public showing. Fellows will use discussions, assignments, and 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.

Following the program, Fellows will have the opportunity to return to the Pillow within the year for extended mentorship and to further develop their work.

During the August program, each of the eight Choreography Fellows 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. Fellows and their dancers will live onsite, attend Festival performances, artist and scholar-led talks, and other events, and research in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. These experiences will be integral components to the development of each Fellow’s unique artistic point of view. Selected Fellows will have all participation costs underwritten, except travel expenses. Dancers will receive a modest participation stipend.

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 of the Fellows selected will be 20-30 years of age, yet a few will have come into the field later.

Program Directors

Dianne McIntyre

Dianne McIntyre is a dancer, choreographer, and cultural investigator, who creates work in dance, opera, film, and theatre, including Broadway. Known for collaborations with live “jazz” musicians, she founded and directed Sounds in Motion Company and School in Harlem for many years.

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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. A former principal dancer with the American Repertory Dance Company, Anna Sokolow’s Player’s Project, Annabelle Gamson, Bill Cratty Dance Theater, Colin Connor, and José Limón Dance Company, Steinberg has also been a guest artist with choreographers including DanzaHoy of Caracas, Venezuela, Sean Curran, and Wally Cardona.

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