Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow: Never Stand Still, winner of Best Documentary at both the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the Dance Camera West Festival in Los Angeles, will have its television premiere on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances July 26 at 9pm on PBS.
Directed by veteran documentary filmmaker Ron Honsa, Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow: Never Stand Still reveals the passion, discipline, and daring of those who choose a life in dance.
Intimate and candid conversations offer personal portraits of leading choreographers and dancers: Suzanne Farrell recalls some of her first performances, Bill Irwin marvels at the physical humor of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Mark Morris talks about his love of music, and Rasta Thomas discusses his “bad boy” route to dance. Former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo star Frederic Franklin, in one of his last filmed interviews, recalls the early days of the Pillow, where Joseph Pilates taught his now ubiquitous body-strengthening methods; and Merce Cunningham, also in one of his last interviews, describes why dance “is not for the timid.”
Visit Great Performances online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information about this and other programs. The program will also be streamed there in full after broadcast.