The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet dancers; photography by Christopher Duggan Photography
                             Photo of Mia Steedle and Ben Zusi by Christopher Duggan

Getting Ready for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2023

by | Jun 12, 2023 | Dance

Our family spends much of June through August in Berkshire County, MA, at the magical place that is Jacob’s Pillow.

 

My wife Nel Shelby is the Pillow’s Director of Media, and I’m the Festival Photographer, making photos of Festival events, performances, and creative portraits whenever possible.

And keep an eye out for our 14-year old, Gracie, in the Pillow store. They’ll be working there this summer. Their first job!

 

I am so excited to photograph the Festival 2023 artists.

I’m most excited, though, about photographing The School’s Contemporary Ballet Program dancers right away at the beginning of the season.

The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet dancers; photography by Christopher Duggan Photography
Photo of Lorraina Boyette by Christopher Duggan
The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet dancers; photography by Christopher Duggan Photography
Photo of Celeste Lopez Keranen and Bruno Palheta by Christopher Duggan
OK, fine I’ll say it: I love ballet! There’s something so beautiful about photographing and collaborating with classically trained dancers. It’s fun to have them improvise and make photos of them in movement that comes to them naturally. It’s inspiring to work with them.

Much of our work on the media team at Jacob’s Pillow is meant to document the historic events that take place in this special place, but I love getting to do creative portraits and inspired photo shoots with dance artists just for the art of it.

The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet dancers; photography by Christopher Duggan Photography
Photo of Kayla Mak and Eric Best by Christopher Duggan
The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet dancers; photography by Christopher Duggan Photography
Photo of Ben Zusi by Christopher Duggan
The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet dancers; photography by Christopher Duggan Photography
Photo of Lizzie Kanning by Christopher Duggan
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, the Director of The School’s Contemporary Ballet Program, always makes such incredibly creative and interesting work on the dancers. It’s really fun for me to photograph her entire process from beginning to end and from studio to stage. It’s just the best way to kick off my summer.
The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet dancers; photography by Christopher Duggan Photography
The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet dancers; photography by Christopher Duggan Photography
Photos of Alyssa Maguiat and Isaiah Day by Christopher Duggan
Last summer, for the Pillow’s 90th anniversary season, I had my own exhibition in the Archives in Blake’s Barn entitled “Now & Then: Evocative Dance Portraits by Christopher Duggan.” I’m excited to make even more photos for the Archives this summer.



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