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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Opens (June 24 – Aug. 30, 2009)
 The 2009 program features works such as the world premiere of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s Orbo Novo by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who is hailed as one of Belgium’s new-age choreographers, as well as Radio & Juliet by Ballet Marbor of Slovenia which uses the music of Radiohead, Des gens qui dansent (Dancing people) by Jean-Claude Gallotta/Groupe Emile Dubois, and a collection of the late works of Alivin Ailey American Dance Theater’s former star dancer Ulysses Dove. Also, in celebration of the 90th birthday of Merce Cunningham, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform Sounddance (1975), CRWDSPCR (1993), and eyeSpace (2006), in which the audience is given iPods to create their own music.
*Mr. Merce Cunningham passed away after this topic was written. We offer our sincere condolence.

Festival Outline:
The name of the festival is taken from the name of a farm that was built in the late 18th century on a hill located on the wagon trail between Boston and Albany. Choreographer Ted Shawn purchased this farm in 1930, and the open lectures he began there in 1933 are considered the origins of this festival. In the 1940’s the festival already functioned as an international dance festival. The Ted Shawn Theater that was constructed as the first theater built in the U.S. specifically for dance in 1942 still functions as the main venue for the festival. There are also other theater, studio and cafe facilities in use, and approximately 50 companies perform in the festival each year. At the open-air stage Inside/Out, free performances by The School at Jacob’s Pillow, which has produced dancers such as Meredith Monk, and by new performers will also be held.
+Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Dates: June 24 – Aug. 30, 2009
Venues: Ted Shawn Theatre, etc.