If you missed Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow: Never Stand Still in theaters in May 2012, now is your chance to catch it on the small screen. The award-winning documentary will air on PBS this Friday, July 26, at 9:00pm (check local listings) as part of Thirteen/WNET New York’s Great Performances.
Bill T. Jones’ deep voice narrates 74 minutes of Pillow tribute. Suzanne Farrell, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Judith Jamison, Mark Morris and other dance world heavy-hitters discuss the Pillow's role in the study, creation, and celebration of dance. These conversations are set against the backdrop of the tranquil festival grounds, interspersed with other stunning visuals: priceless black-and-white historical footage and vibrant clips of recent live Pillow performances.
Experiencing Jacob’s Pillow's idyllic scenery and dance diversity firsthand is, of course, a dream come true, but Never Stand Still comes pretty close! Plus, the film chronicles decades of the festival’s history, so you can catch up big-time on recent highlights. So get cozy at home this Friday night in front of your TV—and don’t forget your Pillow!
Photo by Christopher Duggan