August at Jacob’s Pillow Offers 16 Free Performances, 8 Visiting Companies in Ticketed Performances [Berkshire on Stage]

The video embedded above shows the Montréal-based O Vertigo Danse performing “La vie qui bat”.


3e étage: Soloists of the Paris Opera Ballet
Ted Shawn Theatre, July 31-August 4

Following a sold-out American debut during Festival 2011, French contemporary ballet company 3e étage returns to the U.S. Founded and directed by Paris Opera Ballet dancer and choreographer Samuel Murez, 3e étage is comprised of étoiles, soloists, and dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. Created in 2004, the company was named for the third floor (3e étage) of the illustrious Palais Garnier opera house, where new dancers of the ballet are first assigned dressing rooms. The ensemble is known for contemporary ballet productions marked by an inventive mix of expert technique, quirky humor, and clever narrative arcs. Janine Parker of The Boston Globe wrote of their debut performances, “these supreme descendants of the classical line ply their virtuosity with both jaw-dropping elan and unaffected miens.” The company will perform the world premiere of Le Pillow Thirteen, which includes a suite of new dances created especially for Jacob’s Pillow, in addition to favorites such as me2, inspired by the bilingual poem “Me Too” by Raymond Federman; Quatre, in which four men vie for virtuosic dominance; and Processes of Intricacy, an intimate duet about the creative process, choreographed by Murez.

Doris Duke Theatre, July 31-August 4

Based in Los Angeles, BODYTRAFFIC was founded in 2007 by Juilliard graduate Lillian Barbeito and founding member of Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance Tina Finkelman Berkett. Since then, the company has commissioned works from noted international choreographers, including Festival 2010 artist Barak Marshall (Israel); Stijn Celis (Belgium); and Guy Weizman and Roni Haver (The Netherlands). Marshall’s work MONGER had its U.S. premiere at the Festival in 2010; Club Guy and Roni debuted at the Pillow in 2007; Celis served on the faculty of The School at Jacob’s Pillow in 2010. In 2011, BODYTRAFFIC won a $10,000 first prize, along with Barak Marshall, at the Los Angeles iteration of “The A.W.A.R.D Show,” and in 2012 they received a substantial commissioning grant from The Joyce Theatre Foundation. For their Pillow debut, the company will perform a varied program of works, including Richard Siegal’s O2Joy, an exuberant, theatrical whirlwind danced to the music of Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz greats. Additional works to be announced.

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