Contemporary | July 8—28

Milton Myers and Didy Veldman, Program Directors

Guest Choreographers: Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jae Man Joo, Didy Veldman
Artist Faculty: Lucas Crandall, Arturo Fernandez, Aya Kaneko, Thomas McManus, Kerry Nicholls, and Deborah Wingert; with Music Director John Levis. Read more about Artist Faculty.

For 24 dancers at a professional or advanced pre-professional level, age 16 and up.

Renowned mentor, choreographer, and Horton technique expert Milton Myers returns for his 33rd summer at Jacob’s Pillow alongside Dutch artistic director, choreographer, and contemporary teacher Didy Veldman. Three of today’s most sought-after, and stylistically diverse, contemporary choreographers will create work on the ensemble of dancers. Choreographers coach dancers in their rehearsal practices and performance expectations and dancers then perform the works for Festival audiences on July 13, 20, and 27.

Daily classes in ballet and contemporary dance technique precede afternoon rehearsals with the guest choreographer. Different movement vocabularies, styles, techniques, and performance skills are introduced each week.

This truly dance-immersive experience includes living onsite and having exclusive Festival artist interactions each week such as Master Classes led by company artistic directors and career-building discussions with company members. Dancers see 15 Festival companies on three stages, attend Festival events such as artist and scholar-led talks, and research dance interests and assignments in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. These experiences are integral to the development of a unique artistic point of view.  Check out companies performing in Festival 2019.

Program Directors

Milton Myers

Milton Myers is resident choreographer and instructor for PHILADANCO! and on the faculties of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, Peridance, STEPS on Broadway, and The Juilliard School, where he is the first Horton instructor.

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Didy Veldman

Dutch artistic director, choreographer, and contemporary teacher Didy Veldman was trained in Amsterdam. She danced with Scapino Ballet, Ballet Genève, Rambert, and co-founded Alias Company in 1992. She began choreographing in 1987, creating work for all four companies.

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