Great Performances: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow
Friday, July 26 at 9:00 p.m.
Enter a world of dance, the artists who dedicate their lives to it and a place where it flourishes.
Filmed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, “Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still” features thrilling performances and revelatory conversations with renowned choreographers and dancers, including Judith Jamison, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell and Frederic Franklin, and one of the last interviews with the iconic Merce Cunningham.
At the same time, it chronicles the remarkable story of how an abandoned Berkshires farm evolved into a mecca for dance. Narrated by acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, the film interweaves the story of Jacob’s Pillow as a generator for creativity with the history of dance in America, featuring never-before-seen footage and images from the Pillow’s rare and extensive archives, including the pioneering Ted Shawn, who purchased Jacob’s Pillow in 1931.
Pictured above: Erica Essner Performance Co-Op performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
At right, top to bottom: An archival image from the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Kellye Saunders of the Collage Dance Collective.