Jacob’s Pillow goes year-round with most dance residencies ever
A flurry of action is coming to Jacob’s Pillow next season. Known for its starry summer festival, the Becket-based dance mecca plans a year-round 2016-2017 season with an expanded Creative Development Residency program. “The development of new work is of the utmost importance to the Pillow and the dance field at large,” said Jacob’s Pillow director Pamela Tatge in a statement. Ten artist residencies will mark the Pillow’s largest residency season ever: Choreographer Ronald K. Brown will create a new work with Grammy-winning jazz artist Arturo O’Farrill; New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns will collaborate with hip-hop dance partners Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez; break dancer Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie will team with her brother, jazz pianist Ehud Asherie; and choreographer John Heginbotham will work on a piece with artist/author Maira Kalman. Other residencies will feature 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner Camille A. Brown as well as choreographers David Dorfman, Netta Yerushalmy, Mark Dendy, Joanna Kotze, and the Boston-based Marsha Parrilla.