Extraordinary Dancers Bring an Eerie Mood to the Pillow

Dance: Kidd Pivot at Jacob’s Pillow
Peter Chu of Kidd Pivot in “Dark Matters” Photo by Christopher Duggan

What is it about puppets this year?

For two weeks in a row, there has been a puppet at the center of a dance piece at Jacob’s Pillow. Both were of course metaphors for something more — the inner life of the creator, the forces beyond our control that move and affect us. If last week’s white cloth puppet was a little girl’s dream, the wooden man in Kidd Pivot’s “Dark Matters” was the stuff of a grown-up nightmare, more akin to Chucky than a child’s plaything.

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