Contemporary

Contemporary | July 13—August 2

Milton Myers and Didy Veldman, Program Directors

Guest Choreographers Francesca Harper, Helen Pickett, and Stephen Shropshire | Artist Faculty Lucas Crandall, Sarah Hillmer, Ami Shulman, and Deborah Wingert |Music Director John Levis | Read about the Artist Faculty.
ForUnited States and international, early-career professionals and advanced pre-professional dancers; minimum age 16.

Renowned mentor, choreographer, Horton technique teacher, and program director of 34 years, Milton Myers is joined by Dutch artistic director, choreographer, and contemporary teacher Didy Veldman to coach and mentor dancers as individuals and ensemble members. Different movement vocabularies, styles, techniques, and performance skills are introduced each week.

Three sought-after, and stylistically diverse, contemporary choreographers – Francesca Harper, Helen Pickett, and Stephen Shropshire – will each create work on the Contemporary Ensemble. Dancers learn the rehearsal practices and performance expectations of each artist prior to performing the works for Festival audiences on July 18, 25, and August 1.

The School Experience at Jacob’s Pillow is fully dance-immersive. Stamina, perseverance, a collaborative and open spirit, and a voracity to live and work as a professional are expected of everyone. The curriculum includes seeing companies on the Pillow’s three stages, having meaningful career-building discussions with Festival artists, taking Master Classes, attending artist and scholar-led talks, researching dance interests and assignments in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives, discussing dance with staff and audience members, networking at Cast Parties, and much more. Through these experiences, dancers gain artistic growth, a unique artistic point of view, a vision of the possibilities that exist in dance, and an influential career network.

Festival companies during the program include Gauthier Dance // Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Duets from Quebec, Ballet Hispánico, Dance Heginbotham, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and Malavika Sarukkai: Thari – The Loom. Learn about Festival 2020 and explore exciting program-related content, such as choreography by Didy Veldman at Jacob’s Pillow, on Dance Interactive.

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Program Directors

Milton Myers

July 13—August 2
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

July 13—August 2
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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