Jacob’s Pillow Dance 2016 | Lois Greenfield & Hubbard Street

by | Jul 15, 2016 | Dance

Lois Greenfield’s “Moving Still” Exhibit at Blake’s Barn

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 has a new book titled “Moving Still” out now.) She was warm and welcoming.

“It’s about this magic moment that neither she nor I conceive of… Taking a picture without any forethought or layout allows me to get beyond my imagination.”
– Lois Greenfield


My Pillow office is in Blake’s Barn, and I get to be in Lois’s exhibit multiple times a day. The images are four feet tall and stunning. I feel really lucky to be surrounded by them. Even after the first few weeks being here, each one draws me right in all over again. Her work is so inspiring to me. There’s true magic in her photos. There’s no other way to explain it. It’s really wonderful.

To have the opportunity to watch her shoot and see her process was incredible. It brought me to a whole new level of understanding of her magic! When I knew I was filming her process with Nel, I was hoping to figure out how she does what she does, but I found that there is no secret formula… it’s pure creativity.

Lois said to us, “I have no idea what we’re going to do,” and I didn’t believe her! I thought, of course she’ll say that – she’s not going to release her secret!

But through watching and filming the photo shoot, I found out that she truly doesn’t know what she’s going to do, and that’s where the magic is: allowing there not to be a formula. I learned an important lesson for my own photography career that day: being able to trust that each one of us brings something to the table, and whatever that is, go with it, use it.

Lois probably doesn’t realize that she gave me the most amazing gift that day. And I get to re-remember that lesson every time I walk through my office this summer.

Emilie Leriche & Florian Lochner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in an excerpt from “Second to Last” by Alejandro Cerrudo

Week 4: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street is Chicago-based and always brings extraordinary dancers to the Pillow. This year, they’re performing several contemporary dances, including Crystal Pite’s Solo Echo. Crystal Pite is a Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, and makes stunning work. Everyone loves her choreography. The program also includes a dance by William Forsythe and more.

Emilie Leriche, Jeffery Duffy, & Jacqueline Burnett of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in William Forsythe’s “N.N.N.N.”

Jeffery Duffy, Jacqueline Burnett, Emilie Leriche, & Kevin J. Shannon of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in William Forsythe’s “N.N.N.N.”

Hubbard Street II  – Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure

Hubbard Street II came with the main company to the Pillow and brought a family-friendly performance to the Doris Duke Theatre. Choreographed by Robyn Mineko Williams in collaboration with Manual Cinema, Mariko’s Magical Mix tells a story set in the future – the main character Mariko finds her mom’s record collection and is transported on a musical adventure.

Natalie Leibert of Hubbard Street 2 in “Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure”

Natalie Leibert of Hubbard Street 2 in “Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure”

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