Now that the holidays are over and we're all headed back to school (and work), the days can seem a little dreary. (There are how many more months of snow, wind and freezing rain ahead?) But here's something to ward off the winter blues: Jacob's Pillow has released its 2015 Dance Festival lineup, which means summertime is a lot closer than it seems. Even better? This season's programming is utterly ahmahzing.
American Ballet Theatre's Daniil Simkin and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal's Céline Cassone looking fantabulous—as per usual (photo by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory of NYC Dance Project)
Any Daniil Simkin fans in the house? Yeah, I thought so. The American Ballet Theatre principal will star in the Jacob's Pillow Season Opening Gala, along with students from the Pillow's summer ballet program, in a premiere choreographed by BalletX's Matthew Neenan. Later in the season, Simkin will also headline a gala program called Intensio—featuring four world premieres—alongside fellow ABTers Isabella Boylston, Hee Seo, Calvin Royal III and James Whiteside, as well as Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal's Céline Cassone. (You can pick your jaw up off the floor now.)
But wait! There's more. While there are way too many dance events (literally hundreds) to list, highlights include Ballet BC, BODYTRAFFIC, Dorrance Dance, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, L.A. Dance Project, Daniel Ulbricht and Stars of American Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and so. much. more.
Feeling warmer yet? Check out the Jacob's Pillow website for details.