I am stating to believe that Summer will be here….eventually. We’ve seen the Tanglewood 2015 schedule (tickets go on sale to the public on January 25.) And now, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has released it’s summer schedule. I am just able to imagine feeling the breeze through the trees at the Inside Out performances.
Programs start this year in mid-June and run through the end of August with ticket sales starting on April 1st for non-members. Pick your performance(s), book your room at The Rookwood Inn and summer will be here soon!
Straight from their website, here’s the 2015 Festival schedule:
“THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, ONE RADIO HOST Ira Glass, host of public radio’s This American Life, is joined by dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in a lively production that combines two unique art forms–dance and radio. Special Event! June 13 and 14 | Ted Shawn Theatre
BALLET BC Directed by Emily Molnar, Canada’s premier contemporary ballet company returns with stellar dancers and new works from top international choreographers. June 24-28 | Ted Shawn Theatre
CINDERELLA This classic story ballet, performed by the outstanding dancers of New York Theatre Ballet, is a delightful treat for the entire family. June 24-28 | Doris Duke Theatre
DORRANCE DANCE Tap sensation Michelle Dorrance and her all-star company return with The Blues Project, featuring live music by folk/blues composer Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely. July 1-5 | Ted Shawn Theatre
BODYTRAFFIC This on-the-rise ensemble brings athleticism and style to Dust by Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter and a new creation by Victor Quijada of RUBBERBANDance Group. July 1-5 | Doris Duke Theatre
Nederlands Dans Theater 2 NDT2 masters exquisite technique in striking contemporary works by Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Johan Inger, and other major dancemakers. July 8-12 | Ted Shawn Theatre
BIG DANCE THEATER Blurring the lines between theater, dance, and performance art, Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature seamlessly merges video, song, movement, and scenic design. July 8-12 | Doris Duke Theatre
LINES BALLET Artistic Director Alonzo King is a ballet visionary. His San Francisco-based company astonishes with classical elegance and bold new ideas. This mixed program features King’s newest works. July 15-19 | Ted Shawn Theatre
MONCHICHI The dynamic dance duo Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang perform in a touching, theatrical show combining hip-hop, contemporary dance, and inventive set design. July 15-19 | Doris Duke Theatre
DANIIL SIMKIN’S INTENSIO Critics compare American Ballet Theatre’s Daniil Simkin to Baryshnikov and Nureyev. See him perform in this much-anticipated world premiere, with stars of ABT (and beyond) in new dances by the world’s top choreographers. July 22-26 | Ted Shawn Theatre
GAUTHIER DANCE From Germany in its U.S. debut, this ensemble’s multifaceted talent shines in original, entertaining dances by Alejandro Cerrudo, Artistic Director Eric Gauthier, and others. July 22-26 | Doris Duke Theatre
DANIEL ULBRICHT & STARS OF AMERICAN BALLET After last season’s BALLET 2014 engagement, audiences were clamoring for the return of Ulbricht and fellow dancers. They’re back, with an all-new program. July 29-August 2 | Ted Shawn Theatre
JESSICA LANG DANCE in THE WANDERER Jessica Lang creates a wondrous contemporary story ballet to Franz Schubert’s moving song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin, performed live. July 29-August 9 | Doris Duke Theatre Two week run!
MALPASO DANCE COMPANY This versatile contemporary company from Cuba delivers power and charisma in two new works: one by Osnel Delgado, with live music by GRAMMY winning composer Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, and the other by the ever-popular choreographer Trey McIntyre. August 5-9 | Ted Shawn Theatre
THE SARASOTA BALLET Lauded for their vitality and elegance, this top ballet company performs Sir Frederick Ashton’s Monotones I and II, Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, and a world premiere by Ricardo Graziano. August 12-16 | Ted Shawn Theatre
LA OTRA ORILLA From Montréal, La Otra Orilla embodies a deep mastery of traditional flamenco dance and the music of Andalusia, married with a rebellious contemporary twist. August 12-16 | Doris Duke Theatre
L.A. DANCE PROJECT In their Pillow debut, these gorgeous, classically-trained dancers present works by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck, a new ballet by Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied, and more. August 19-22 | Ted Shawn Theatre
LIZ GERRING DANCE The New York Times calls glacier “an enthralling and important new dance work.” This is a performance full of beautiful contradictions–grace, athleticism, passion, and poeticism. August 19-23 | Doris Duke Theatre
A JAZZ HAPPENING This celebration of joyous dance and live music features students of the Musical Theatre Dance Program, and benefits The School at Jacob’s Pillow. August 23 | Ted Shawn Theatre
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY The legendary modern dance company launches its 90th Anniversary at the Pillow, celebrating a pioneering past and trail-blazing future with classic Graham works and exciting new dances by choreographers of today. August 26-30 | Ted Shawn Theatre
MADBOOTS DANCE Discover this young company of male dancers with fresh ideas about modern masculinity and dances that are athletic, powerful, and tender. August 26-30 | Doris Duke Theatre
Tickets go on sale to the public April 1. Members get early access to tickets, the best seats, and $10 off Ted Shawn Theatre tickets during the Member
The Rookwood Inn is fortunate to be nestled in the midst of a vibrant and multi-talented theater-loving community.
Within just a few miles of our Berkshires bed and breakfast are several wonderful, varying stage productions and theater groups that offer endless opportunities to be entertained and surprised. Whether you love Shakespeare, drama, live bands, comedy, musicals, thrillers — even rock and roll! — Lenox, MA and the Berkshires have it all.
Below are a few of the more prominent groups and stages in the area.
With over 150 contributing artists who strive to perform as the Elizabethans did — their roots in classical ideals and a love of universal mystery, poetry, and physical prowess — Shakespeare & Company has been creating theater of unrivaled excellence since 1978. View their calendar.
Shakespeare & Company is approximately 1/2 mile from The Rookwood.
The Berkshire Theater Group supports performing arts on five stages around Lenox. The group is involved in a wide range of the arts, including theater, dance, music, and entertainment. View their full events list or choose a stage.
Their theaters include:
- Fitzpatrick Main Stage, about 5 miles from the Rookwood
- Unicorn Theater, about 5 miles (housed on the same campus as Fitzpatrick)
- Neil Ellenoff Stage, about 5 miles (also housed on the same campus as Fitzpatrick)
- The Garage, about 6 miles from the Rookwood
- The Colonial, about 6 miles from the Rookwood
During early fall, South Main presents some of the world’s leading chamber music soloists and ensembles. Built in 1918, the Colonial-styled concert hall is now on the National Register of Historic Buildings. View their concert schedule.
South Main is approximately 5 1/2 miles from The Rookwood
With several award-winning plays and musicals to its credit, the Barrington Stage Company attracts upwards of 50,000 patrons each year on its two stages. They are nationally recognized for having productions of superior quality, as well as educational programming. View their calendar.
Barrington Stage Company is approximately 7 Miles from The Rookwood.