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Jacobs Pillow — Summer 2008
By Elyse Sommer
Of the three pieces that comprised the program, two were world premieres. Surrender and Leatherwing Bat, were notable for their playfulness, greatly enhanced by the clever, apt choice of music.
Chanel Da Silva and Jason Hartley, the featured dancers of Surrender, segued from a Broadway-musical like beginning to the music of without missing a beat from a Grand Funk Railroad to Tchaikovsky and Regina Spektor— all with impressive arm and shoulder as well as footwork, and without missing a beat.
John Michael Schert, Brett Perry, Virginia Pilgrim, Annali Rose, Dylan G-Bowley and Lio Cirio proved to be terrific interpreters of McIntyre's amusingly crafted story ballet, Leatherwing Bat. The whimsical, children's book flavored lyrics of the musical selections from Peter, Paul and Mary's album Peter, Paul and Mommy ("Iíve been swallowed by a boa constrictor, and I don't like it" ) turned out to be a perfect fit for the distinctively choreographed moves. The ever endearing "Puff, the Magic Dragon" was particularly enchanting.
The final piece, The Reassuring Effects (Of Form and Poetry was set to the music of Dvorak. It featured eight dancers, including a reprise from the outstanding Jason Hartley from Surrender, in a stunning display of traditional given a strikingly contemporary twist.
All in all the evening confirmed Jacob Pillow's commitment to presenting adventurous dance. It should reassure Trey McIntyre that, his having ventured from a successful free lance career to undertake the risks of heading his own full-time company, has a good chance of succeeding. If he and his dancers continue to met with the enthusiasm of the Pillow audience, the Trey McIntyre Project is unlikely to be swallowed up by a boa constrictor.
While the Festival season ends on August 24th, Jacob's Pillow is a year-round organization, so check their website (which, not so incidentally, is one of the entertainment world's most attractive, informative and easy to navigate sites) regularly: Jacob's Pillow web site.