January 22, 2018

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Plans a Jerome Robbins Tribute

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Plans a Jerome Robbins Tribute


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Jerome Robbins’s 1945 ballet “Interplay,” which is to be performed by members of New York City Ballet as part of a Robbins centennial tribute at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2018.

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Paul Kolnik

Daniel Ulbricht, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, will organize a centennial tribute to Jerome Robbins as part of the coming season at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, which will run from June 20 through Aug. 26 in Becket, Mass., the festival announced on Wednesday.

Mr. Ulbricht’s program, “Stars of American Ballet” (Aug. 22-26), will feature Robbins’s “A Suite of Dances” (1994), “Interplay” (1945) and “Concertino” (1982). These performances will come on the heels of City Ballet’s own Robbins celebration in the 2017-18 season. Some of the troupe’s principal dancers will be onstage at the Pillow as well, including Sterling Hyltin, Adrian Danchig-Waring and Ask la Cour, as well as Teresa Reichlen and Mr. Ulbricht.

Among the other season highlights are the world premiere of “Odeon” (June 27-July 1) a hip-hop hybrid work by Ephrat Asherie Dance set to live music by the Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth. And June 27 through July 1, the physical theater troupe Pilobolus will present a reworking of “Branches,” a site-specific dance for the Pillow’s Inside/Out series in 2017. Faye Driscoll’s “Thank You for Coming: Play,” which ran at BAM Fisher in 2016, will come to the Pillow Aug. 1-5.

Netta Yerushalmy’s project “Paramodernities,” which remixes and blends classic works by choreographers like Ailey, Balanchine and Fosse, will make her Pillow debut Aug. 8-12 with two programs that continue to explore modern tradition in dance.

Pillow regulars include Ronald K. Brown/Evidence (July 25-29), Limón Dance Company (Aug. 8-12) and Dorrance Dance (Aug. 18-22).

International companies will appear throughout the summer, beginning with the Royal Danish Ballet, which opens the season on June 20 with a mix of solos, duets and a company finale. (The program will be announced at a later date.) Also visiting are Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s troupe from Belgium, Eastman (July 11-15) and the Madrid-based Compañía Sharon Fridman, which will makes its United States debut July 25-29.



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