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T.S. Eliot Celebrated In Bard Dance Performance

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One of the most intriguing artistic events of the summer in our region will be the world premiere of “Four Quartets” at Bard Summerscape a new dance collaboration among three of the most interesting modern artists working today. Choreographer Pam Tanowitz, composer Kaija Saariaho  and artist Brice Marden have created a piece based on T.S. Eliot’s great “Four Quartets,” the first such performance to be authorized by Eliot’s estate.  

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Jacob’s Pillow Summer Preview

Summer in the Berkshires wouldn’t be complete without at least a few trips to Jacob’s Pillow. Just about an hour from Lakeville, in Becket, Mass., the Pillow’s lovely campus, multiple stages, exhibitions, restaurant and cafe, and rich history make for a satisfying all-day outing, well worth the drive.

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Dance at Kaatsbaan

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Culture in the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley doesn’t get fully underway until June, but at Kaatsbaan in Tivoli, the dance season has been going full tilt since February, with much more to come in April and May.  The weekend of April 14, the dynamic young company MorDance performs, led by choroegrapher Morgan McEwan. There are still few women-led companies, and McEwan is starting to get some traction for her classical ballet-based but very modern work.  Free open rehearsal Thursday April 12, performance ($10 tickets) Sunday April 15.

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Jacob's Pillow Is Expanding

Jacob’s Pillow, the Berkshires host to nationally and internationally acclaimed dance companies for 85 summers, is expanding to add year-round programming at its Becket campus, as well as an intensive community-based dance program in Pittsfield. Pamela Tatge has been the executive director for only 18 months, but she’s leading the venerated venue into some dramatic changes. A just-announced $300,000 grant from the Ford Foundation will help launch Pittsfield Moves, led by choreographer Paloma McGregor. 
 

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SummerScape Kicks Off With Ballet

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Bard College’s impressive SummerScape season — which features seven weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film and cabaret — opened last weekend with the fantastic festival debut of New York City Ballet MOVES, a rotating roster of the company’s dancers and musicians.

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A Summer Season Of Dance At Jacob’s Pillow And Beyond

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Summer in the Berkshires is overflowing with options for recreation, entertainment and artistic experiences, more so every year. Dance lovers have to travel a little farther, but whether you prefer classical ballet, edgy urban dance, big names or undiscovered treasure, there are plenty of options. 

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Holiday Dancing

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The Olga Dunn Dance Company will perform holiday shows at the Great Barrington Train Station, 46 Castle St., on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 413-528-9674.

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Learning to Fly

It was “Nutcracker” time, December 2010. At Torrington’s Warner Theatre, it’s an annual end-of-year event performed by the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. The audience swarmed with little girls dressed like princesses, and phalanxes of moms and dads and grandmothers and some grandfathers, adolescent girls, too, wearing tons of makeup and dresses that rustled, many bearing bouquets wrapped in cones of cellophane they crammed under their seats.

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When Art Can Heal

Tap-dance great Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards borrowed the title “And Still You Must Swing” from dancer Jimmy Slyde to express her frustration that, too often, tap dancers are great technicians, but they lack musicality. Watching them she asked herself, “Why don’t I feel anything?” Her response was to create an evening of tap at Jacob’s Pillow last week that was full of feeling — exuberant, joyful, and at times, full of sorrow.

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If Only They Would

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They are spectacular, these Momix dancers who draw enthusiastic crowds to the Warner in their annual visit. Company director Moses Pendleton has carved out a unique place in the dance world —performing on stage, in film and television and making commercials for Hanes underwear and Target — a place made mainly by not dancing. 

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