Be Here Now: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Opens

Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Over the next two months the storied dance center in Becket will be a world-class flurry of motion as companies from around the world converge for over 300 dance-related events.

The Festival kicks off tomorrow with a season-opening gala featuring performances by Ballet Genève and Mark Morris Dance Group, a solo performance by pianist/composer Philip Glass, a dance photography exhibit by Annie Leibovitz and more. A dinner, an auction and dancing to live music from Bev Rohlehr and the Colbys cap off the evening.

After a critically-acclaimed U.S. debut at Jacob’s Pillow in 2007, Switzerland’s Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève returns to open the Festival on Wednesday, June 22 with the U.S. premiere of French choreographer Joëlle Bouvier’s Romeo and Juliet, a retelling of the beloved story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers performed in a contemporary ballet set to Sergei Prokofiev’s sweeping classical score.

Also opening on Wednesday, KEIGWIN + COMPANY fuses pop culture, cabaret and high art in a program including Megalopolis, danced to “World Town” and “XR2” by MIA and “Sextet-Six Marimbas” by Steve Reich; the fashion-inspired dance Runaway; and Love Songs, comprised of three sets of duets danced to the songs of Nina Simone, Roy Orbison and Aretha Franklin.

Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève: Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday, June 22–Saturday, June 25, 8pm
Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26, 2pm
Tickets $59.50-64.50; $10 Saturday/Sunday matinee Youth Tickets (must be accompanied by an adult).

Wednesday, June 22–Saturday, June 25, 8:15pm
Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26, 2:15pm
Tickets $34.50-37.50

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