For the first time ever, I’ve done collaborative shoots with the Jacob’s Pillow Dance photography intern. We just did back-to-back photo shoots with the contemporary dancers of The School.
For me, free performances under the blue sky and against the Berkshire hills is the definition of summertime. Enjoying the outdoors. Having a great time with family and friends. Watching gorgeous dance against a breathtaking backdrop. It’s everything.
Everyone has seen Lois Greenfield’s images. She is the master of dance photography as far as I’m concerned, and I think most people would agree. She’s a legend. I’ve seen her work forever and have always loved everything she has created. This summer, Nel and I visited her studio to make a video of her work to accompany her “Moving Still” exhibit at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She was warm and welcoming.
Gauthier Dance is back at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival this week. Last year, they had a sold out show in the Doris Duke Theatre! They’re in the Ted Shawn this year, and they are performing a piece I recognized from years ago – Cantata by Mauro Bigonzetti.
On Tuesday afternoon, I was sitting in my office in Blake’s Barn at Jacob’s Pillow, and I could hear the thunderous drums of Che Malambo. I played African drums in an ensemble years ago, and Che Malambo’s drumming had the same kind of pounding, resounding quality. I got so excited, I needed to go find them.