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Trey McIntyre Company

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  1. 1. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PHOTOS CONTACT: Mariclare Hulbert, Director of Marketing and Communication 413.243.9919 x130 mhulbert@jacobspillow.org -or- Toni Bolger, Public Relations Coordinator 413.243.9919 x132 tbolger@jacobspillow.org JACOB’S PILLOW PRESENTS TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT FEATURING A WORLD PREMIERE INSPIRED BY THE SEMINAL SERIES FREE TO BE…YOU AND ME CREATED BY MARLO THOMAS August 6, 2012–(Becket, MA) Jacob’s Pillow presents Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) in an engaging triple-bill program that features the legendary folk music of Peter, Paul and Mary, as well as the world premiere of LADIES AND GENTLE MEN, inspired by Marlo Thomas’s iconic children’s book, record, and TV show Free to Be…You and Me, August 8–12 at the historic Ted Shawn Theatre. Artistic Director Trey McIntyre, a celebrated dancemaker, “has proven his talent and takes his place as one of the top choreographers of the decade" (Marene Guston, Dance International). The program begins with Leatherwing Bat, which saw its world premiere at Jacob’s Pillow in August 2008. The work unites whimsical balletic movement with the playful ballads of iconic folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, which results in an accessible, heartfelt creation that McIntyre describes as an exploration of the mature complexities of childhood which ultimately foreshadow and resemble the challenges of adulthood. The score includes the songs “Day Is Done,” “Puff (The Magic Dragon),” “I Have a Song to Sing, O,” and others. The Idaho Statesman states that this work “shows what sets this company apart — a depth of emotional eloquence that adds resonance to every movement.” The costumes were created by Sandra Woodall, McIntyre’s longtime collaborator who designed his commissioned works at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Stuttgart Ballet, among others. The engagement also includes Bad Winter, a new work that premiered in February 2012 in the company’s hometown of Boise, Idaho. This two-part dance begins with a wistful solo performed by Chanel DaSilva set to Arthur Tracy’s 1937 recording of “Pennies From Heaven.” The solo leads into a poignant duet that is seamlessly intertwined with the stirring lyrics, piano, and strings of “That Home” and “To Build a Home,” by The Cinematic Orchestra, an acclaimed British jazz and electronic group. Tara Morgan of Boise Weekly describes the work as “perhaps the most achingly beautiful dance I’ve seen by TMP.” The duet will feature Travis Walker and guest artist Lauren Edson, who is a 2005 alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program. The program concludes with the world premiere of LADIES AND GENTLE MEN, featuring music and poetry from the seminal recording, book, and television special, Free to Be…You and Me. A collaboration between Marlo Thomas and members of The Ms. Foundation for Women, most notably Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Free to Be… was originally released in 1972 as a recording with celebrities such as Harry Belafonte and Mel Brooks narrating children’s stories that tackle issues of tolerance,
  2. 2. openness, gender neutrality, and positive relationships. Free to Be… was adapted into an illustrated book that recently celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2008. The concept was subsequently adapted into an Emmy-Award winning television special as well as an award-winning play. LADIES AND GENTLE MEN was conceived when members of the original Free to Be… team, including Alan Alda and Pogrebin, attended TMP’s 2010 performance at Jacob’s Pillow. They were so impressed with McIntyre’s work that after the performance they met him backstage to offer him the rights to the Free to Be…material, which McIntyre immediately accepted. “The album and TV special played a huge role in his [McIntyre’s] upbringing, and he certainly considers himself to be a Free To Be kid,” says” says John Michael Schert, TMP dancer, co-founder and Executive Director. With special permission from the Free to Be Foundation, Trey McIntyre Project uses original recordings performed by Alda, Diana Ross, and Shirley Jones in LADIES AND GENTLE MEN, including “William’s Doll,” “When We Grow Up,” and “Dudley Pipin and His No-Friend.” The work will also feature re-recordings of the songs “Sisters and Brothers” and “ My Dog is a Plumber,” performed by artists such as Merrill Garbus and Alan Cumming, respectively. This world premiere will feature six dancers with costumes by TMP’s Designer in Residence Andrea Lauer and lighting design by the company’s Producing Director Travis C. Richardson. Trey McIntyre Project has celebrated numerous milestones in its company history at the Pillow. The company debuted as a pickup project at the Pillow in 2005 in the Doris Duke Theatre and performed at the Ted Shawn Theatre in 2006 before returning again in 2008 to make its full-time company debut. This is the company’s third Pillow engagement featuring a world premiere. Each year Trey McIntyre Project tours to more than thirty cities in the U.S. and abroad to perform for over 100,000 people. This past spring, Trey McIntyre Project was one of four American dance companies chosen by the U.S. Department of State and the Brooklyn Academic of Music to serve as U.S. Cultural Ambassadors; TMP subsequently embarked on a tour to China, South Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Trey McIntyre is one of today’s most sought-after choreographers, having created more than ninety works for acclaimed companies such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. McIntyre is known for exploring emotional themes using popular music to accompany his innovative and quirky choreography on his classically trained dancers, creating a union between music and movement that manifests remarkably skillful musicality. Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times says, “A gift like this reminds me of the choreographer Antony Tudor…But there’s a fertility of invention and a modernity of spirit here that are all Mr. McIntyre’s own.” RELATED EVENT Free PillowTalk: Free To Be You and Me Saturday, August 11, 4pm Nearly 40 years after actress and activist Marlo Thomas launched a landmark book and film Free to Be…You and Me, Trey McIntyre has translated its important lessons about gender stereotyping and prejudice into ballet, and here the project is fully explored. FREE PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION Trey McIntyre Project Ted Shawn Theatre Wednesday, August 8 – Saturday, August 11, 8:00pm Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2:00pm Free Pre-Show Talks with Jacob’s Pillow Scholars-in-Residence are offered in Blake’s Barn 30 minutes before every performance.
  3. 3. A Post-Show Talk with members of Trey McIntyre Project and a Pillow Scholar will take place onstage on Friday, August 10. Tickets $70. Now on sale online at jacobspillow.org, via phone at 413.243.0745, or in person at the Jacob’s Pillow Box Office. Box Office hours: Monday and Tuesday, 10am–6pm, Wednesday through Saturday 10am– 8pm, and Sunday 11am–5pm. Jacob’s Pillow is located at 358 George Carter Road in Becket, MA, 01223 (10 minutes east on Route 20 from Mass Pike Exit 2). The Jacob’s Pillow campus and theatres are handicapped-accessible. IN THE DORIS DUKE THEATRE, AUGUST 8–12 Dance Heginbotham Doris Duke Theatre Wednesday, August 8 – Saturday, August 11, 8:15pm Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2:15pm Acclaimed dancer and choreographer John Heginbotham has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group for the past 14 years. More recently, he has ventured out with his own choreographic work and group of dancers, quickly becoming an emerging choreographer to watch. As a performer “Heginbotham has always been a wonder at the tricky combination of class clown/poet — the truth- telling jester” (Janine Parker, Boston Phoenix). These qualities are also found in his winning choreography, performed by a lively ensemble of dancers. His Pillow program includes Twin and Closing Bell, a delightfully comic, intelligent, “brain teaser” of a dance, set to excerpts from “Central Market” by experimental composer Tyondai Braxton. Tickets $22–38, available at jacobspillow.org and via phone 413.243.0745. FREE THIS WEEK AUGUST 8–12 Weekend OUT Friday, August 10 – Sunday, August 12 During the third annual Weekend OUT, Jacob’s Pillow welcomes GLBT individuals, families, and friends with a full schedule of free and ticketed events. Weekend OUT 2012 includes a gallery reception Friday after the performances; a free screening of the film The Men Who Danced on Sunday at 11am, and a special behind-the-scenes tour highlighting Jacob’s Pillow Founder Ted Shawn and his Men Dancers, given by Jacob’s Pillow Director of Preservation Norton Owen Sunday, August 12 at noon. All Weekend OUT community events are free. Sponsored in part by The Gay & Lesbian Review. Free Inside/Out Performance: A Palo Seco Wednesday, August 8, 6:15pm Described as "awesomely fiery" (The New York Times), this flamenco company is led by Artistic Director and choreographer, Rebeca Tomás. Deeply rooted in flamenco tradition and relevant in a modern urban context, their performance will feature traditional flamenco repertoire combined with the company's penchant for an innovative and edgy New York City feel. FREE Free Inside/Out Performance: Valerie Green/Dance Entropy Thursday, August 9, 6:15pm Founded in 1998, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy performs contemporary works Thread, in which three women tangle, unravel, and knot together in fluid motions; Kin, a joyful, action-packed duet; and Rip Tide, a work for six dancers that evokes the violence and beauty of the ocean. FREE Free PillowTalk: Rediscovering Ted Shawn
  4. 4. Friday, August 10, 5pm Barnard College professor Paul Scolieri is writing a long-overdue book on Pillow founder Ted Shawn, taking him to leading research institutions and revealing many untold stories, which will be previewed in this discussion. FREE Free Inside/Out Performance: Dancewave Company Friday, August 10, 6:15pm Comprised of dancers 12-18 years old selected from all over New York City, Dancewave performs works by lauded contemporary choreographers. Ronald K. Brown's To Harm the Dangerous is "a stylized, resonant group ritual that smoothly incorporates modern dance, social dancing and ballet" (The New York Times). In an excerpt from Twyla Tharp's The One Hundreds, dancers perform precise pedestrian movements slowly at first, then sped up to reveal the beauty in imperfection. Also on the program are excerpts from choreographer Andrea Miller's Chanson and the energetic I Can See Myself in Your Pupil. FREE Free PillowTalk: Free To Be You and Me Saturday, August 11, 4pm Nearly 40 years after actress and activist Marlo Thomas launched a landmark book and film Free to Be…You and Me, Trey McIntyre has translated its important lessons about gender stereotyping and prejudice into ballet, and here the project is fully explored. FREE Free Inside/Out Performance: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program Saturday, August 11, 6:15pm Under the direction of Fosse conceiver Chet Walker, dancers present new works created by Walker and Broadway guest choreographer Matt Williams in preparation for A Jazz Happening, a one- night-only Broadway revue to benefit The School on Sunday, August 19. FREE FREE EXHIBITS—OPEN JUNE 20–AUGUST 26 Decades of Dance Blake's Barn Open Tues-Sun, noon to approx 10pm From its inception in 1933 to the present day, Jacob's Pillow has been home to extraordinary dance from around the world. In celebration of the Pillow's 80th Anniversary Season, remarkable images from each decade are grouped thematically in a unique commemorative exhibition. Culled from the extensive Jacob's Pillow Archives, this cornucopia of treasures includes a virtual Who's Who of the dance world and features rare materials never before exhibited. FREE Old / Pillow Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby Open 60 minutes before every Ted Shawn Theatre performance New York photographer Toby Old has focused his lens on specific locations like Coney Island and Times Square, and explored themes such as fashion shows, nightclubs, and boxing matches. His Jacob’s Pillow visits over the past five years have yielded images that capture both the place and the people who enliven it. Some of these photographs were recently featured in a Paris gallery; this exhibit marks the first time they have been shown in the U.S. FREE Ivan Chermayeff Designs Doris Duke Theatre Lobby Open 60 minutes before every Doris Duke Theatre performance A celebrated designer, illustrator, and artist, Ivan Chermayeff has created familiarly iconic images for hundreds of prominent clients such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian and has won numerous awards. In 1955, with Tom Geismar, he co-founded the internationally-known New York
  5. 5. City design firm Chermayeff & Geismar. Chermayeff's designs for Jacob's Pillow in the 1980s and 90s are still remembered for their bold vision and originality, and many are collected here for the first time. FREE Precious Medals Blake's Barn Open Tues–Sun, noon to approx 10pm When President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Arts to Jacob's Pillow at the White House last year, the Pillow became the first dance presenting organization ever to receive this distinction. The medal itself and the signed presidential proclamation are on display in this exhibit along with some of the other awards received by the Pillow and its founder, Ted Shawn, including the Capezio Award, the Commonwealth Award, Shawn's medal from the King of Denmark, and other treasures. FREE Anniversary Highlights, Part 2 Bakalar Studio Open to the public whenever classes or rehearsals are not in session Photos from past Pillow seasons traditionally line the Bakalar Studio walls, and the current 80th Anniversary Festival offers a special opportunity to look back at memorable images from the Festival's history. FREE Jacob's Pillow Dance Archives Blake's Barn Open Tues–Sun, noon to approx 10pm This informal library and reading room allows impromptu visitors to view videos, browse through books, access the Pillow's computer catalog, or peruse permanent collections of Pillow programs and photographs. Pillow Interactive, the popular touch-screen kiosk, provides instant access to rare film clips ranging from the present-day back to the 1930s, and the Dance Heritage Coalition's new Secure Media Network features videos from other archives throughout the country. FREE Jacob’s Pillow, celebrating its 80th Anniversary Festival in 2012, is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest running international dance festival. The Festival includes more than 50 national and international dance companies and 300 free and ticketed performances, talks, tours, classes, exhibits, and events. The School at Jacob’s Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S., encompasses the diverse disciplines of Ballet, Cultural Traditions, Contemporary, and Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance, as well as an Intern Program in various departments of arts administration and production. The Pillow’s extensive Archives, open year-round to the public, chronicle more than 80 years of dance in photographs, programs, books, costumes, audiotapes, and video. Year-round Community Programs enrich the lives of children and adults through public classes, residencies in area schools, and more than 200 free public events. Through Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®, a nationally-recognized program, artist-educators work with Berkshire County teachers and students grades K-12, transforming existing curricula such as biology, literature, and history into kinesthetic and creative learning experiences. Creative Development Residencies, in which dance companies are invited to live and work at the Pillow and enjoy unlimited studio time; choreography commissions; and the annual $25,000 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award all support visionary dance artists and choreographers. Virtual Pillow is aimed at expanding global audiences for dance and offers the opportunity to experience dance and Jacob's Pillow from anywhere in the world via online interactive exhibits, global video networks, and mobile social media. As part of the Virtual Pillow initiative, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive, is a curated online video collection of dance highlights from 1936 to today. On March 2, 2011, President Obama honored Jacob’s Pillow with a National Medal of Arts, the highest arts award given by the United States Government. Jacob’s Pillow is the first dance presenting organization to receive this prestigious award. For more information, visit www.jacobspillow.org. ###

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