Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Jacob’s Pillow Gala Opening 2015
Amy Krzanik reports from Becket. The spirits of Pillow founder Ted Shawn and dancer Ruth St. Denis seem always to be present at Jacob’s Pillow’s season opening galas, as dancers from all over the world perform for a rapt crowd in the theater named after the festival’s creator. This year, on Saturday, June 20, gala guests were treated to cocktails in the newly renovated Blake’s Barn, where a debut photography exhibit was on display. A performance followed, featuring pupils from The School in a world premiere by BalletX founder Matthew Neenan, and performances by New York City Ballet’s Sara Mearns and Russell Janzen, Martha Graham Dance Company and American Ballet Theatre’s Daniil Simkin, as well as the presentation of the 2015 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award to choreographer Liz Gerring. After a meal by The Old Inn on The Green, dancers, board members, Pillow staff and guests “got down” on the dance floor thanks to music by DJ BFG. Pictured above: The Pillow’s director of preservation, Norton Owen, who was honored for his 40 years of service to the festival’s dance archives, with Michael Flamini.
Choreographer Liz Gerring with her daughter, Nicole Radke, and gala co-chair and Pillow board member, RI’s Mark Williams; Amber Ju, Taryn Leavitt, Charles Oliver and Renata Celichowska.
Cathy Deely, Amanda Sackey, Tom Patti, who is the creator of each year’s beautiful glass-blown Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, and Marilyn Patti.
Dr. Justin Wernick and Pillow board member Nancy Kalodner; Kathleen Chrisman and Laird White.
Adriana Robertson and Susan Bernhardt of Kripalu in Lenox; Norm Appel, Susie Friedman, Naomi Gordon and Roger Gordon.
Kirk Radke, Leslie Nelson and Michael Wainwright.
Before the performance, guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres as tasty as they were creative; the purple-hued scene inside the tent where dinner was served.