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2014 Jacob's Pillow Dance festival

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As always, the Pillow has put together a rich series. For those not familiar with David Dawson's work yet, I really recommend "A Million Kisses to My Skin," on the Pacific Northwest Ballet program August 6-10. In the vein of Balanchine, it starts with a classical vocabulary and sensibility, and then stretches that up to the breaking point, but not beyond. I don't know if all his work is as musical as this -- perhaps it's just the Bach score -- but he's made a really beautiful ballet.

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Ballet companies on the schedule:

Opening Gala, with Hong Kong Ballet, June 14:


Hong Kong Ballet, June 18-22


In Light and Shadows (Pastor/Bach)

Castrati (Duato/Vivaldi and Jenkins)

A Room of Her Own (Bo/Elgar)

Dance Theatre of Harlem, July 9-13


Past-Carry-Forward (Wideman and Davis)

Contested Space (Byrd/Tobin)

Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven (Dove/Part)

Ballet 2014: Soloists and Principals of NYCB, July 16-20


Liturgy (Wheeldon/Part)

Millepied and Muhly Collaboration

Furiant (Peck/Dvorak)

Sunshine (Keigwen/Withers)

World Premiere (LeCrone)

Fancy Free (Robbins/Bernstein)

Pacific Northwest Ballet, August 6-10


A Million Kisses to My Skin (Dawson/Bach)

Rassamblement (Duato/Bissainthe)

Brief Fling (Tharp/Colombier and Grainger)

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