Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA is home to America's longest-running dance festival, is a National Historic Landmark, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Their 81st Season continues in Becket, MA through August 25th.
On July 26, the documentary film about Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still, will air nationally on PBS Great Performances. Director of the film, Ron Honsa filmed interviews and performances at The Pillow over the course of several seasons.
The 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring created an uproar whose repercussions changed the course of dance and music in the 20th century. A hundred years later, two titans of the American performing arts have joined forces to create a thrilling new dance-theater performance that celebrates that legendary opening night.
A Rite is a collaboration between choreographer Bill T. Jones (a resident artist at Bard) and director Anne Bogart (a Bard alumna). Their respective companies of dancers and actors have come together to develop a contemporary response to Stravinsky’s masterpiece.
Each season the Museum rotates in exhibits pertinent to a variety of dance related topics - including dance inspired fine art. This particular exhibition showcases a selection of Berkshires-based artist Andrew DeVries’ many bronze sculptures and pastel pieces.
The grand opening of this exhibit is this Friday, June 28 at 6pm – and at the event Andrew will unveil a brand new sculpture.
Here now to tell us more are the artist himself, Andrew DeVries, and his wife and manager – Patricia Purdy. Patricia is also the gallery director at DeVries Fine Art International in Lenox, MA.
Chet Walker has been the Director of Jacob's Pillow's Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance program for the past 14 seasons. The choreographer has worked on Broadway for 40 years - starting at the age of sixteen when he appeared in the first revival of On the Town. He was in the original Broadway production of Pippin and this year returns to that show as choreographer for the multi-nominated Diane Paulus directed revival - the show's first since its original run closed in 1977 (after 1,944 performances).
For seven decades, famed tap dancer Brenda Bufalino has been dancing and promoting the genre, which she describes as “our American art form.” The dancer and choreographer, will present the lecture “Tap Dance ... Made in America” and offer classes on Sunday at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. The even comes just before May 25th, National Tap Dance Day which coincides with the birthday of legendary dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
Brenda Bufalino is also author of the book, Tapping the Source.
The inaugural Orpheum Dance Festival is hosting the residency of the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company (Taylor 2), the outreach and education wing of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, at the Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, NY for three weeks through May 26th.
This week, Pippin opens on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. With book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is directed by Diane Paulus. This production features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 doigts de la main. Gypsy Snider helmed the circus creation and choreography is by Chet Walker.
This is the first Broadway revival of Pippin since the Tony Award winning original production directed by Bob Fosse and starring Ben Vereen - which opened in 1972.
The cast features Matthew James Thomas, Patina Miller, Andrea Martin, Rachel Bay Jones, Terrence Mann, and Charlotte d’Amboise.
Tony Award nominee, Charlotte d’Amboise plays Fastrada - her other Broadway credits include Chicago, A Chorus Line, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, Contact, Company, Carrie, Song & Dance, and CATS. She is also the co-founder (with husband Terrence Mann) of a Musical Theatre Intensive called Triple Arts.