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Shaking Things Up at Jacob’s Pillow, The Season Begins With a Bang

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Reggie Wilson’s “POWER,” premiered on July 10 at Jacob’s Pillow, is a feast for the eyes and ears.
The Brooklyn-based choreographer and his Fist and Heel Performance Group performed the hour-long work before an appreciative audience in the Pillow’s Doris Duke Theatre last Sunday, July 14. Wilson created the work, commissioned by the Pillow, during two residencies at the Pillow Lab and by researching Shaker history at the Berkshires’ Hancock Shaker Village and elsewhere.

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Jacob’s Pillow Costumes on Display in Williamstown

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Almost as ephemeral as dance itself are the costumes the dancers wear. Lovingly and intricately constructed out of materials that move and flow with the dancers’ bodies, they are often put away into storage after a performance is over, never to be seen again.  
That changes this summer, with a new exhibit at the Williams College of Art of costumes and other artifacts from Jacob’s Pillow’s earliest years. Most of the items have been stored in antique trunks for over 50 years and will be on display for the first time. 

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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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