The big art news this week was of course the announcement of next summer’s performance season at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Highlights of summer 2015 at Jacob’s Pillow include “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host,” a special dance and radio stage production starring public radio’s Ira Glass of This American Life fame, with Monica Bill Barnes; the return of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2); Alonzo King LINES Ballet; Dorrance Dance, featuring Michelle Dorrance, one of the top contemporary tap dancers and choreographers, with live music by Toshi Reagon; and the launch of Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th Anniversary season, including a world premiere by eminent choreographer Mats Ek.
Jacob’s Pillow 2015 will also feature the U.S. debut of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart from Germany; the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO; and Cuban contemporary ensemble Malpaso Dance Company, performing with GRAMMY Award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. That show in particular is bound to be of extraordinary interest, given the renewed ties between the US and Cuba announced just two days ago. For the complete season listing, please visit the Rogovoy Report online at rogovoyreport.com.
Some upcoming or ongoing holiday events worth noting: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” inspired by the classic 1946 film starring Donna Reed and James Stewart, returns to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox for a limited run through December 28. Adapted by Joe Landry from the original screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Joe Swerling, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” reunites director Jenna Ware with the cast from the 2013 Shakespeare & Company hit production.
Berkshire Theatre Group’s annual community production of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” this year featuring 30 talented young Berkshire county actors, many of whom are returning to the Colonial Theatre and some who are performing for the first time, runs through December 22 at the Colonial in Pittsfield.
Nut/Cracked, the Bang Group’s beloved, witty, irreverent response to The Nutcracker, will be staged in the Fisher Center at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson on Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Showcasing choreography by David Parker with music by Tchaikovsky, Nut/Cracked takes its inspiration from all corners of the dance canon, from tap riffs to en pointe ballet, by way of bubble wrap, disco, and Chinese take-out noodles.
Works by a dozen artists comprise Photography 2015, a new exhibition on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson running through Sunday, January 25. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Saturday from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition features new work by Birgit Blyth, Elliott Kaufman, Anne Arden McDonald, Newbold Bohemia, Robert Hite, Andrew Buck and Lisa Frank and prints by Anna Collette, Michael Sibilia, Kahn & Selesnick, Jeri Eisenberg and Lori Van Houten.
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