The fifth annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award will be presented to Crystal Pite, an internationally renowned Canadian choreographer and artistic director of contemporary dance company Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM, at the Pillow’s season-opening gala June 18.
The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award honors outstanding visionary artists and carries a prize of $25,000, one of the largest cash awards in the dance industry, to be used by the choreographers to enhance their artistry in any way they choose.
“Crystal is one of the most talented, intelligent, and original dancemakers to come along in recent years,” said Ella Baff, Jacob’s Pillow executive and artistic director, in a news release. “A former dancer with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet and a riveting performer with her own troupe, she has also choreographed for major international companies, many of which have performed at the Pillow. She is respected and admired by the dance field throughout the world, and each of her creations is something unexpected and deeply imaginative.”
To watch a video preview of Pite’s piece Dark Matters, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/kiddpivot#p/u/0/VNyLjFiKrfY.
The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award emphasizes the Pillow’s commitment to support choreographers at various stages of their careers, and to support the creation of new work through the Pillow’s Creative Development Residency Program. For more information, visit www.jacobspillow.org.
Choreographer Bill T. Jones, co-founder and artistic director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, will receive the fourth annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.
The award honors outstanding visionary artists and carries a prize of $25,000. Ella Baff, executive director of Jacob’s Pillow, will present the award to Jones on June 19 at the opening gala of the annual summer dance festival in Becket, Massachusetts.
“Bill is quite simply one of the greatest artists of our time,” Baff said in a news release. “Fearless in his thinking and aesthetic investigations, he has taken his art, and his audiences along with it, to illuminating places.”
Jones’ company will perform Serenade/The Proposition, a collage of movement, live music, and American history, July 21 to 25 at the festival. In addition, “Arnie Zane on Bill T. Jones,” an exhibit of photographs featuring a young Jones by the late Arnie Zane, will open at the Pillow on June 23 and run through the end of August.
The first Jacob’s Pillow Award went to Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, co-directors of Big Dance Theater, in 2007. Subsequent honorees were Alonzo King, artistic director of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and Merce Cunningham.