Virtual Festival:
Talks

Our Virtual Festival includes a curated series of new PillowTalks with leaders in our field, across styles and disciplines. Premieres every Friday at 5pm Eastern.

PillowTalk: Meet Dr. Shamell Bell

July 10

A visiting faculty member at Dartmouth known as a Street Dance Activism Scholar, Shamell Bell positions street dance as an alternative strategy for radical social change.

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PillowTalk: Duets from Quebec

July 17

Anne Plamondon and Sylvain Lafortune have each been exploring the art of the duet with their partners, scheduled to be presented in Festival 2020. This conversation examines their work processes and discoveries.

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PillowTalk: 50 Years of Ballet Hispánico

July 24

From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing troupe, Ballet Hispánico has grown into a world-class institution, recounted here by company director Eduardo Vilaro and special guests.

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PillowTalk: Cleo Parker Robinson’s 50th

July 31

In celebration of this modern dance icon’s first half-century in the limelight, Robinson herself looks back on her company’s history, its efforts on behalf of racial equality, and what lies ahead.

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PillowTalk: Liz Lerman’s Wicked Bodies

August 7

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner Liz Lerman discusses her newest work, originally scheduled to premiere at the Pillow this season, exploring a world of old crones, shape-shifters, familiars, and imps.

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PillowTalk: Dancerly Intelligences

August 14

Reporting on research residencies involving both dancemakers and technologists, choreographers Brian Brooks, Marjani Forté-Saunders, and Sydney Skybetter shed light on what they’re exploring and learning.

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PillowTalk: La Meri and Her Life in Dance

August 21

This champion of cross-cultural dance performances was nearly forgotten, but Nancy Lee Chalfa Ruyter’s new biography sets out to change that, as Ruyter explains how and why.

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PillowTalk: Black Creatives: Revolution, Representation, and Responsibility

August 28

Theresa Ruth Howard addresses both past practices and the changes afoot in this country’s established institutions, with panelists Kyle Abraham, Donald Byrd, and John Perpener.

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