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International Film Festival: The Berkshire County connection

"Cold Wallet" Production Manager Lizzy Aspenlieder Aspenlieder described the Berkshire International Film Festival as “a melting pot for some of the most talented artists in the world.” “There is something for everyone at this festival,” she said. “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

The arc of life as told in tap: Dorrance Dance at Jacob’s Pillow

Solos, duets, trios and multitudes crackled with electricity, improvisation, shouts and whispers of the legacies of their and our tap forebears, and at the same time protecting and insulating us.

Observations/opinions: Dynamic choices begin the 85th Jacob’s Pillow season

Week five was thrilling. I have never seen anything like the piece offered by Faye Driscoll. Again, kudos to Tatge for having the guts to offer this challenging work.

DANCE REVIEW: Transcendent and tireless tap at Jacob’s Pillow

The magic of tap is movement, plus percussive instrument, plus compositional originality through improvisation. All this rests on a foundation of musical structure, communication, and a story to tell, often of the difficult lives of its African American and Latin originators.

Bits & Bytes: Buxton School teacher awarded Kapteyn Prize; ‘TIRELESS’ at Jacob’s Pillow; ‘The Golden Age of Carousels;’ BCC dean’s list

Currently in her 29th year at Buxton School, Linda Burlak has taught biology, physics, algebra, geometry and popular electives in marine science, astronomy and nature writing.

ON DANCE: An interview with Pamela Tatge, artistic director of Jacob’s Pillow

“We are initiating a program of commissioning works that draw attention to the environmental splendor of our Berkshire home, thereby illuminating our responsibility to steward this great landscape on behalf of future generations.” -- Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge

Bits & Bytes: VIM Berkshires patient screening; 1753 House carol sing; auditions at the Barn; IS183 winter classes; Jacob’s Pillow’s 85th season

For the past six months, Volunteers in Medicine has formalized and expanded a program called “Social Determinants of Health,” run in partnership with the Berkshire Community Action Council.

Bits & Bytes: ‘The Spirit of Christmas Past;’ ‘Omar;’ Spencertown Academy members art show; ‘Middletown’ at Austen Riggs; Jacob’s Pillow announces 2017 programs

The 2017 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival program directors include ballet luminary Anna-Marie Holmes; noted master teacher Milton Myers; Broadway choreographer/director Chet Walker; and choreographer, performer, MacArthur Genius Fellow, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient Michelle Dorrance.

REVIEW: Tap Dance heaven at Jacob’s Pillow with Dorrance Dance

Tap also tells a story about race, power, emotion, and adaptation, which comes about through ingenuity and hybridization, stretching the envelope of the art to incorporate new elements, and creating an evolving, elastic, vigorous organism.

Tip-Top Tapping at Jacob’s Pillow: Dorrance Dance’s World Premiere of ETM: The Initial Approach

These are dancers who are musicians with their bodies, head to toe. -- Ella Baff, artistic and executive director of Jacob's Pillow
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