Carte Blanche, Norway's award-winning National Company of Contemporary Dance, makes its U.S. company debut at Jacob's Pillow. Acclaimed for its technical prowess and powerful stage presence, this company of 14 dancers performs a program of two sensational works, both by Batsheva Dance Company choreographer Sharon Eyal. Performances between June 29 July 3 in Becket, MA.
Jacob's Pillow Dance is lauded worldwide as a "hub and mecca of dancing" (TIME Magazine), "one of America's most precious cultural assets" (Mikhail Baryshnikov), and "the dance center of the nation" (The New York Times). "The Pillow" is a treasured 163-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest-running international dance festival.
Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to experience the Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events; train at The School at Jacob's Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S.; explore the Pillow's rare and extensive dance Archives; and take part in numerous Community Programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.
"arrestingly powerful", says The Guardian (U.K.) about Carte Blanche. Acclaimed as "pure dance, singing the praise of the human body's gift of movement" (Ha'aretz), Love is a kaleidoscope of aesthetic pleasures and movement invention. The work is an exploration of love told as only Sharon Eyal can, with her unique dance language and bold, intoxicating style. The U.S. premiere of Eyal's Killer Pig is a hypnotic dance that grabs the audience from the beginning and builds in intensity throughout. It is a stunner, performed by six women who display the epitome of control, abandon, sensuality, and physical power.
Born in Jerusalem, Sharon Eyal has been called "a worthy heiress to the renowned Ohad Naharin" (Arts de la scéne). She danced with Batsheva Dance Company for 18 years and assumed the role of resident choreographer in 2008. She has received numerous honors, including the Ministry of Culture Award for young dance creators. In 2008, she was named a Chosen Artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.
Wednesday, June 29--Saturday, July 2, 8pm
Saturday, July 2 & Sunday, July 3, 2pm
Tickets $43.50-64.50; tickets on sale now.