Jacob’s Pillow has partnered with global arts and culture video platform NOWNESS for the release of three films, commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow and NOWNESS in a series called Body Language, focused on the theme of breaking boundaries cultural in dance.
The first film, which was directed by Leo Pfeifer and will be released on December 3, stars performance artist Bill Shannon, who moves through New York’s landscapes using dance, skateboarding and his crutches.
The second film, directed by Jean Liu and slated for release on December 6, features three New York-based performing arts troupes whose practice is rooted in Guang Chang Wu – Chinese square dance. Manhattan Performing Arts Troupe, Team ZhiQing and Team Red Dance Studio / Eva Dance Studio together reflect on their love for dance and heritage.
The third film will premiere in the new year. Directed by Haley Anderson, this film will feature Virginia-born Irish dance sensation Morgan Bullock, whose unique style bridges the age-old tradition of Irish dance and contemporary hip-hop culture.
The 3-5 minute films were curated by Ali Rosa-Salas and Melanie George, Associate Curators of Jacob’s Pillow, and the Pillow series producer is Ali Rosa-Salas.
âThe artists featured in this series illustrate that dance is a fundamental form of communication, which welcomes vulnerability, complexity and wonder into conversation,â said Rosa-Salas.
âWe are delighted to partner with NOWNESS on the Body Language film series,â said Pamela Tatge, Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow. âNOWNESS’s mission to promote excellence in storytelling aligns with our desire to provide a platform for making artist stories visible in new and inventive ways. We are excited to share this series with the world. “
The films will first be shown on the NOWNESS website and social media, and after 15 days will be shared on Jacob’s Pillow’s YouTube channel and other platforms.
You can watch the first of the series of films on NOWNESS here.