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Monday, July 15, 2013

Jacob's Pillow presents the U.S. Debut of Israeli Contemporary Dance Company L-E-V

JACOB’S PILLOW PRESENTS THE U.S. DEBUT OF AUDACIOUSLY ORIGINAL ISRAELI CONTEMPORARY COMPANY L-E-V, JULY 24-28 

July 10, 2013—(Becket, MA) L-E-V, the contemporary dance company founded by Israel-based co-creators and artistic directors Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, will make its U.S. debut in the Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival July 24-28. The company performs the U.S. premiere of HOUSE, a hypnotic evening-length work originally commissioned by the Batsheva Dance Company. With a score by the popular composer Ori Lichtik and lighting by acclaimed designer Bambi, the exquisite dancers of L-E-V, including Sharon Eyal herself, perform this compelling and mesmerizing work. 


An adventurous, collaborative ensemble, L-E-V creates cross-disciplinary works that fuse intense, provocative movement with music, fashion, art, technology, and lighting, bringing exceptional artistry to the stage. In HOUSE, the dancers wear nude body-stockings that show the fierce technicality, astonishing flexibility, and subtle articulation that is required of them. 

―L-E-V is thoroughly original and unusual: there is nothing like this company anywhere in the world. L-E-V means ―heart‖ in Hebrew. It’s a fitting name for this troupe. The energy, power, and daring of the dancers; the theatrical atmosphere that is created by the lighting, sound, and costuming all work together to make a total experience. HOUSE is like encountering a new tribe in an exotic land. It’s impossible to be neutral about it.‖ – Ella Baff, Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. 

As a choreographer, Eyal is known for her unique movement language that often incorporates stark imagery and raw physicality. Behar, on the other hand, is a well-known underground art and rave events producer. Known for their previous collaborations with Ohad Naharin's Batsheva Dance Company, Carte Blanche, NDT2, and G√∂teborgsOperans Danskompani, Eyal and Behar began exploring new artistic possibilities within the context of L-E-V, their newly formed company, in 2013. 
The dancers of L-E-V come from a variety of backgrounds including Batsheva Dance Company and Carte Blanche, bringing finesse and a range of strengths to the stage. 

Company History: A celebrated performer, Eyal danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 until 2008, served as Associate Artistic Director in 2003 – 2004, and House Choreographer between 2005 – 2012. She has received numerous honors, including the Ministry of Culture Award for young dance creators, and in 2008 she was named a Chosen Artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation. Outside of Batsheva, Eyal and Behar have created acclaimed works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Germany’s Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, G√∂teborgsOperans Danskompani, and Carte Blanche of Norway. 

Festival Connections: The rich history of Israeli dance at the Pillow dates back to 1951 with Hadassah, and since then has included work by Pearl Lang (1970 and 1974), Batsheva de Rothschild with Martha Graham (1956), and the U.S. debut of Inbal Pinto (2001). Sharon Eyal’s signature work, Love, had its U.S. premiere with the Batsheva Dance Company during the 2004 Festival season. The Norwegian company Carte Blanche made its U.S. debut at the 2011 Festival performing Sharon Eyal’s Killer Pig (2009). 

Sharon Eyal and dancer Douglas Letheren will serve on faculty during the Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, July 15–20, 2013. They will be teaching Ohad Naharin’s movement approach, Gaga, and choreographing on the students. 

PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION L-E-V Ted Shawn Theatre Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday July 27 at 8pm Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 at 2pm 
 This program contains adult content. 

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

A Post-Show Q&A with Artistic Director Sharon Eyal and Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe will take place onstage on Friday, July 26. 

Tickets $39-$65. Now on sale online at jacobspillow.org, via phone at 413.243.0745, or in person at the Jacob’s Pillow Box Office. Under 35 Friday Tickets are available for $19 on Friday, July 19 (ages 18–35), two per person, must show I.D. when picking up tickets. Available by phone and in person only. 

Box Office Hours: Sunday through Tuesday 11am–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 theatres are handicapped-accessible. 

IN THE DORIS DUKE THEATRE, JULY 24-28 
Dorrance Dance Doris Duke Theatre 
Wednesday, July 24 – Saturday, July 27, 8:15pm 
Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28, 2:15pm 
Tap dancer Michelle Dorrance is pure dynamite. Her Blues Project features contagious energy and performances by some of today’s best tap artists, with live music by acclaimed composer and performer Toshi Reagon. Tickets: $22–$43 

FREE EVENTS AT JACOB’S PILLOW, JULY 24-28 Inside/Out Performance: Earl Mosley/Life Dance Company Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space Wednesday, July 24, 6:15pm Life Dance Company has grown out of the work of Diversity of Dance, Incorporated’s founder and Artistic Director Fredrick Earl Mosley. The choreography of this young repertory company is a diverse mix of different styles, objectives, concepts, and expressions of some of today's greatest artists, including works by Ronald K. Brown, Kevin Wynn, Meredith Rainey, and Darrell Grand Moultrie, among others. The dancers bring beauty, grace, energy, and style to each work, often with humor. The company's vision is unique as its mission is to donate a portion of each performance, workshop, or residency to a worthy charitable cause such as cancer research. FREE 

Inside/Out Performance: Vacanti Ballet Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space Thursday, July 25, 6:15pm The program includes technically demanding movement and intense dancing. Proverb is a highly-technical male solo that manipulates thematic dance vocabulary into an intricate mathematical puzzle creating a unique symbiotic relationship between dance, language, and music. Ruhe intertwines choreography around the ideas of peace, quiet, and rest. Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal explores current personal interpretations of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name. The ballet captures the sensuality, vulnerability, and yearning of attraction and unrequited love. FREE 

Inside/Out Performance: Texture Contemporary Ballet Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space Friday, July 26 at 6:15pm Texture Contemporary Ballet is comprised of classically-trained professional ballet dancers who perform under artistic directors Alan Obuzor and Kelsey Bartman. The company strives to inspire dancers, teachers, directors, choreographers, audience members, and artists of every kind by presenting ballet in an innovative way. FREE 

PillowTalk: Pillow Coast to Coast Blake’s Barn at Jacob’s Pillow Friday, July 26, 5pm Ron Honsa's award-winning Pillow documentary, Never Stand Still, makes its nationwide broadcast debut July 26 on PBS, and we celebrate the occasion with out-takes, anecdotes, and personal appearances in this talk. FREE 

PillowTalk: Music & Movement of Tap Blake’s Barn at Jacob’s Pillow Saturday, July 27, 4pm Tap goddess Michelle Dorrance and the musical powerhouse Toshi Reagon discuss the essential relationship between movement and music and talk about their new collaboration, The Blues Project, premiering this week. FREE 

Inside/Out Performance: The School at Jacob’s Pillow—Contemporary Dance Henry J. Leir 
Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space Saturday, July 27, 6:15pm To conclude their study in the Contemporary Program, dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow present contemporary dance variations coached by program director Milton Myers. FREE 

Exhibit: Shooting Stars Blake’s Barn at Jacob’s Pillow Open June 19 – Aug 25 Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 10pm, Tuesday and Sunday, noon to 6pm To experience dance through the eyes of other dancers is a rare treat, and this exhibit encompasses uncommon sights and vantage points, photos taken by professional dancers, that will be totally new to most viewers. New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan reveals what goes on in the dressing rooms of New York City Ballet while Miguel Anaya shares his backstage view from last season’s production From the Horse’s Mouth: The Men Dancers, and much more. FREE 

Exhibit: Christopher Duggan: Inside/Out 
Doris Duke Theatre Lobby 
Open 60 minutes pre-performance 
As the Pillow's Festival Photographer since 2006, Christopher Duggan has now documented literally thousands of indelible dance moments. Focusing specifically on Inside/Out for an exhibit last summer at Saratoga's National Museum of Dance, these images are now coming home for the first time. Duggan's superb extra-large prints show off an incomparable setting in an unforgettable way. FREE 

Exhibit: Jordan Matter: Dancers Among Us Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby Open 60 minutes pre-performance 
By showing dancers in everyday surroundings, photographer Jordan Matter demonstrates just how extraordinary the human body can be. There's no photo manipulation here--no trampolines, no gimmicks, no tricks--which makes these images of roadside leaps and high kicks on the subway all the more remarkable. Including both recognizable dance figures and relative unknowns, this collection truly communicates the excitement of having dancers among us. FREE 

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Archives 
Blake’s Barn at Jacob’s Pillow 
Open June 19 – Aug 25 
Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 10pm, Tuesday and Sunday, noon to 5pm 
This informal library and reading room allows Pillow 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 
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Jacob’s Pillow, marking its 81st Festival in 2013, 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 350 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 disciplines of arts administration, design, video, 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 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 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. 


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PHOTOS CONTACT: 
Alyssa Mayfield, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator 
413.243.9919 x132 
amayfield@jacobspillow.org