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July 30, 2015 — (Becket, Mass) A charismatic new force in contemporary dance, Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company comes to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s intimate Ted Shawn Theatre, August 5-9. Defined by power, passion, and spotless technique, the company’s program will include a new work by burgeoning choreographer and company Artistic Director Osnel Delgado with live music by GRAMMY Award-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. The company will also perform Under Fire, a new work by the ever-popular choreographer Trey McIntyre set to music by Boise-based singer/songwriter Grandma Kelsey. This engagement marks Malpaso Dance Company’s Jacob’s Pillow debut.

“Humbling and sparklingly present” (Siobhan Burke, The New York Times), Malpaso Dance Company brings a diverse program that celebrates cultural collaboration, dazzling dance, and live music. Choreographed by Malpaso Dance Company’s Artistic Director and one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” of 2015, Osnel Delgado’s Despedida is set to an original score by Mexican-American composer Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, performed live. Taking inspiration from the eponymous poem by the award-winning Argentinian writer and recipient of the French Legion of Honour (1983) Jorge Luis Borges, Despedida showcases the company’s signature virtuosic range in style from Brazilian capoeira to ballet where “agile dancers rise and spill to the floor with resiliency” (Gia Kourlas, The New York Times). O’Farrill’s compositions “traverse pan-American styles and historical eras to draw connections all their own”(Jon Pareles, The New York Times) and his orchestra has been dubbed “the best jazz orchestra in existence” by The New Yorker. The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble includes Arturo O'Farrill on piano, Vince Cherico (drums), Carlo De Rosa (bass), Carlos Maldonado (percussion), Rafi Malkiel (trombone), Adam O'Farrill (trumpet), Ivan Renta (tenor saxophone), and Tony Rosa (percussion).

American choreographer Trey McIntyre’s “engaging and provocative” (Karen Campbell, The Boston GlobeUnder Fire is an intimate portrait of redemption and renewal. Set to popular covers and original works by Boise-based singer/songwriter Grandma Kelsey, the work includes renditions of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Ginuwine’s “Pony” with “an alternately plaintive and playful air” (Robert Greskovic, The Wall Street Journal). Gia Kourlas of The New York Timesstates that Under Fire “builds gradually while never relinquishing its silky flow” and possesses a “meditative quality” and “illusion of weightlessness”. Costumes are designed by former Lar Lubovitch Dance Company dancer Reid Bartelme, with lighting design by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Lighting Director Al Crawford. Under Fire is co-commissioned by The Joyce Theater and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Founded in 2012 by Osnel Delgado, Dailedys Carrazana, and Fernando Sáez, Malpaso Dance Company is committed to bringing the voice of Cuban contemporary dance into the present and global dance community. The company is based in Havana, Cuba and comprised of ten dancers, many of whom studied at Cuba’s National Ballet School. Following their 2014 U.S. debut at The Joyce Theater, the troupe was praised for their “pristine technique” (Siobhan Burke, The New York Times) and “chameleon-like nature” (Amsterdam News, Charmaine Patricia Warren). Since 2014 and the improvement of Cuba-U.S. relations, Malpaso Dance Company has announced plans to tour across the United States during 2015/2016 including California, Ohio, Washington, Texas, Oregon, and Massachusetts.



Praised for his “finely kneaded movement, which almost makes you want to grab it in fistfuls”(Siobhan Burke, The New York Times), Malpaso Dance Company Artistic Director and co-founder Osnel Delgado serves as the resident choreographer for the company. An alumnus and current professor of the National Dance School in Cuba, Delgado has received prestigious awards for choreography including the Premio a Mejor Coreografia del Concurso Solamente Solos (Award for Best Solo Choreography) and el Premio Ramiro Guerra (Ramiro Guerra Prize). Recently noted as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” of 2015, Delgado’s choreographic style is "steeped in the island's distinctive style of modern dance, a blend of Graham and Afro-Cuban techniques” and lauded for his innate “vitality, fluidity, and musicality” (Jordan Levin,Dance Magazine).


Born in Mexico and raised in New York, Arturo O’Farrill is a pianist, composer, educator, and founder of the highly-esteemed nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. O’Farrill received his training at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. After playing piano with the Carla Bley Big Band from 1979 through 1983, he developed a career as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. O’Farrill went on to direct the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra in 1995, which recently concluded a 15-year residency at Birdland and preserved much of his father’s music. Jon Pareles of The New York Times extols O'Farrill for his unparalleled artistry and ambition, “a magnificent player...sharp, splashy, and driving." 

In 2002, O’Farrill created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center, and received GRAMMY Award nominations with the Orchestra in 2006, 2009, and 2011, earning GRAMMY Awards for Best Latin Jazz Album in both 2009 and 2015.


One of the most sought-after choreographers and artists working todayTrey McIntyre has garnered a number of awards and much acclaim including a United States Artists Wynn Fellow, a recipient of the Gold Medal of Lifetime Achievement from the National Society of Arts and Letters, two choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography. The Los Angeles Times called McIntyre a “bright light, a brainy ballet choreographer whose best works fuse visceral physicality with a deep and true humanism.” McIntyre has served as choreographic associate for Houston Ballet (1989–2008) and resident choreographer for Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis, and The Washington Ballet. He has created a canon of works for some of the premier dance companies in the world including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Moscow Ballet Theatre, the State Ballet of Georgia, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet de Santiago (Chile), Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Philadanco, Sacramento Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Smuin Ballet.

Under Fire choreographer Trey McIntyre debuted his company, Trey McIntyre Project, at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2005; the company gave their farewell performance during Festival 2014.

Malpaso Dance Company Executive Director and co-founder Fernando Sáez will be featured in the PillowTalk entitled It’s Happening in Havana, Saturday, August 8 at 4pm. All PillowTalks are located in Blake’s Barn; admission is free.


Malpaso Dance Company
Ted Shawn Theatre
Wednesday, August 5 through Saturday August 8 at 8pm
Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 at 2pm

·         Free Pre-Show Talks with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe are offered in Blake’s Barn 30 minutes before every performance.

·         A Post-Show Q&A with members of Malpaso Dance Company and Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe will take place onstage on Friday, August 7.

·         Tickets $45-$75. Now on sale online at jacobspillow.org, via phone at413.243.0745, or in person at the Jacob’s Pillow Box Office. A limited number of $19 Under 35 Friday tickets are available for August 7; limit 2 per person, must be between the ages of 18 and 35.

·         Box Office HoursSunday through Tuesday11am–5pm, Wednesday through Saturday 11am–8pm.

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 theaters are handicapped accessible.


Jessica Lang Dance in The Wanderer 
July 29 – August 9, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:15pmSaturday and Sunday at2:15pm
Doris Duke Theatre

Prolific choreographer and recent New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award winner Jessica Lang returns for a two-week run of a new evening-length ballet. The sweeping, romantic contemporary story ballet The Wanderer was created in part during a Creative Development Residency at the Pillow. The ballet is set to Franz Schubert’s famous song cycle Die schöne Müllerin, which will be performed live at the Festival. With a striking, interactive set designed by Mimi Lien, costumes by fashion designer and former Mark Morris Dance Group company member Bradon McDonald, and lighting by Nicole Pearce, The Wanderer is a feast for the senses. Tickest $35-$45.

Free Inside/Out Performance: Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

Wednesday, August 5, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea and with an American branch based in North Texas, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (DCCD) explores the depth of human connection within a multicultural framework. Led by Dance Magazine’s 2015 “25 to Watch" choreographer Joshua L. Peugh, DCCD features innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles with a dynamic company of performers. The program will include the quirky duet Critics of the Morning Song, the theatrical ensemble work Slump, as well as the beautifully meditativeWhite Day. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Brian Sanders’ JUNK

Thursday, August 6, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon performance Space

Based in Philadelphia, Brian Sanders’ JUNK is known for its ingenious use of found objects and clever inventions that bridge the gap between dance and physical theater. The troupe’s performances are an exhilarating feast of exciting physicality and creativity, comedy served with beauty and intellect. The company presents a preview of new work American Standard, set to traditional bluegrass music. FREE

Free PillowTalk: Blake’s Barn’s Best: PillowTalks
Friday, August 7, 5pm
Blake’s Barn

Nearly two decades of fascinating discussions will be screened and celebrated by resident scholars, featuring video clips of Twyla Tharp, Peter Yarrow, Jacques d’Amboise, Rachel Maddow, and many others. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

Friday, August 7, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

Celebrating their 40th anniversary season, Chicago’s Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater brings a fusion of folkloric, classical, Flamenco, and contemporary dance imbued the music traditions of Spain. Founded by Dame Libby Komaiko and led by Artistic Director Irma Suarez Ruiz, the company represents a mosaic of cultures, comprised of forty dancers, singers, and musicians from around the world. With live musical accompaniment, the company will presentSur, a classical ballet and contemporary flamenco work, as well as the world premiere of Nuestro Camino, a Flamenco Alegrias duet from southern Spain’s Andalucia. Ensemble Español is in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. FREE

Free PillowTalk: It’s Happening in Havana
Saturday, August 8, 4pm
Blake’s Barn

The new Cuban ensemble Malpaso Dance Company represents a collaborative experiment in contemporary dancemaking. Co-founder Fernando Sáez talks about the challenges and the triumphs of this exciting troupe’s first three years. FREE

Free Inside/Out Performance: Musical Theatre Dance of The School at Jacob’s Pillow

Saturday, August 8, 6:15pm

Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space

The international students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow perform repertory works to live music coached by program director, Tony Award winner, and Broadway veteran Chet Walker in preparation for the annual benefit for The School at Jacob’s Pillow, A Jazz Happening. FREE


Blake’s Barn’s Best
Blake’s Barn
Open daily, noon to 10pm Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5pm Sundays-Tuesdays.

Highlights of landmark photography and art exhibits by Annie Leibovitz, Jules Feiffer, Lois Greenfield, Al Hirschfeld, and more are shown together for the first time, heralding the coexistence of past and present in the Pillow’s future. The new Norton Owen Reading Room features treasures from the Stephan Driscoll Collection, an ongoing gift to the Pillow.


Kyle Froman: Bodies/Buildings
Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby
Open 60 minutes prior to every performance.

Former New York City Ballet dancer Kyle Froman is now a photographer, capturing performers on Broadway and in leading dance companies worldwide. In this exclusive exhibition he juxtaposes dancers with architecture in highly original and surprising ways, revealing new facets in both bodies and structures.

Ivan Chermayeff Designs
Doris Duke Theatre Lobby
Open 60 minutes prior to every performance.

A celebrated designer, illustrator, and artist, Ivan Chermayeff has created familiarly iconic images for prominent clients such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian, and won numerous awards, and his designs for Jacob’s Pillow in the 1980s and 90s are remembered for their bold vision and originality.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Archives
Blake's Barn
Open daily, noon to 10pm Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5pm Sundays-Tuesdays

This newly-expanded 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. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive, available on the popular touch-screen kiosk in the Reading Room, provides instant access to rare film clips ranging from the present day back to the 1930s. Visitors may also sample videos from other Dance Heritage Coalition archives and companies throughout the country. FREE

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Address: 358 George Carter Road Becket, MA 01223

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