Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Jacob’s Pillow Opening Night Delights
Amy Krzanik reports from Becket. The big night had finally arrived, and the sold-out Jacob’s Pillow crowd couldn’t have been more pleased. Well, it could have been a few degrees warmer, but the Festival’s leafy grounds are beautiful in any weather. The June 14 gala welcomed dance fans to the 2014 season with a performance by Pillow School dancers, choreographed by Jessica Lang in only four days. The Hong Kong Ballet followed, with a performance of The Frog Prince - A Ballet Chinois (complete with human frog). This year’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award went to John Heginbotham, who performed a one-minute piece he choreographed especially for the occasion. A short live auction led by Board chairman Mark Leavitt raised funds for dance school scholarships and the many free performances and talks the Pillow puts on throughout the season. The soon-to-be-retiring Trey McIntyre Project gave an athletic performance of Bad Winter that included a heart-wrenching duet which left the silent crowd in awe. Dance legend Carmen de Lavallade closed the show with an excerpt from The Creation, set against lush foliage seen through the open doors of the Ted Shawn Theatre. Guests made their way toward the tent, which was the scene of much mingling of old friends and new, as well as a gourmet meal from The Old Inn on The Green, and celebratory dancing to DJ BFG to end the night. Shown above: Board President Chris Jones, board member Hunter Runnette and Mimi Bradley, director of development.
Gala co-chairs Jim and Joan Hunter with Tracy and Joe Finnegan.
Mike Kaplan, whose poster collection is on display in Blake’s Barn, and Norton Owen, the Pillow’s director of preservation; Charmaine Jefferson, executive V.P. of the California African American Museum, Bobbi Paley and Garrett Johnson.
The scene inside the tent.