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America(NA) to Me
June 23 | 8:00 pm One event on June 23 at 8:00 pm One event on June 24 at 8:00 pm One event on June 25 at 8:00 pm One event on June 25 at 2:00 pm One event on June 26 at 2:00 pm
One event on June 23 at 8:00 pm
One event on June 24 at 8:00 pm
One event on June 25 at 8:00 pm
One event on June 25 at 2:00 pm
One event on June 26 at 2:00 pm
In 1942, Jacob’s Pillow presented the very first concert in the Ted Shawn Theatre. Conceived as a showcase of American Folk Dances curated by Shawn, the program included square dances and Agnes de Mille’s Hell on Wheels, inaugurating the first theatre in the United States designed for dance. As we celebrate the renovation of the Ted Shawn Theatre and the 90th anniversary of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Associate Curators Melanie George and Ali Rosa-Salas revisit the theme of that first program by inviting dance artists to reflect on what American identity means to them.
America(na) to Me encapsulates the heart of the 90th Anniversary Season at Jacob’s Pillow, looking at the dance landscape and the world at large today. This world premiere event features an expansive array of artists including Warwick Gombey Troupe, Jasmine Hearn, Nélida Tirado, Sara Mearns & Joshua Bergasse, Alexandra Tatarsky, and Pillow commissions performed by Dormeshia & Guests and Mythili Prakash. Many of the works will also include live music, including Mythili Prakash’s accompaniment by Sushma Somasekharan, Rajna Krishnan Swaminathan, Kasi Aysola, and Ganavya Doraiswamy. This presentation offers an ever-timely reflection on how dance engages questions of heritage, tradition, and belonging.
Please be advised that the program may contain moments of strong language and mature content.