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- 2011, Ron Honsa, USA, 74 min. Narrated by Bill T. Jones “An exhilarating documentary featuring every kind of dance form imaginable in rapid, kinesthetically gripping visuals.” —Andrea Pflaumer, San Francisco Examiner Jacob’s Pillow is an idyllic Massachusetts farm property bought by choreographer Ted Shawn in 1931 as a platform for his innovative ideas on dance. In 1942 he inaugurated the summer event that soon became the premier American dance festival, celebrated for its unique rapport between performers and audience, and its electric creative atmosphere, with each participating group challenged to create a new dance within four days. This festive documentary captures Jacob’s Pillow’s history (including one of the last interviews with the late Merce Cunningham) and its still vital presence, with a generous selection of dance performances that range from beautifully traditional (Paul Taylor, Frederic Franklin, Royal Danish Ballet) to youthfully innovative (Chunky Move, Bad Boys of Dance, Stockholm 59 North). HDCAM video. (MR)
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