“Virtuosic, spiritually uplifting, and socially conscious” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!) is celebrated for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. Resident modern dance company for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and led by 2013 National Medal of the Arts recipient Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO! works in “a range of idioms most companies don’t even try to possess” (Dance Magazine).
From contemporary ballet to modern genres, PHILADANCO! is a respected staple in the dance hub of Philadelphia, returning to Jacob’s Pillow for the first time in over 20 years. They bring a program that features work by Christopher Higgins, Gene Hill, and Ray Mercer.
Photographed by Lois Greenfield
358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA 01223
On July 9, 1942, the Ted Shawn Theatre, the first theatre in the United States designed specifically for dance, opened its doors. Architect Joseph Franz, who also built The Music Shed at Tanglewood, had agreed with Shawn that the theatre exterior must harmonize with the existing farmhouse and barns.