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9919 x132 MONTRALBASED LA OTRA ORILLA FUSES TRADITIONAL FLAMENCO WITH CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHY, VIDEO ANIMATION, AND LIVE MUSIC IN ITS U.S. DEBUT AT JACOBS PILLOW, AUGUST 14-18 August 13, 2013(Becket, MA) Inventive flamenco company La Otra Orilla makes its U.S. Debut at Jacobs Pillow August 14-18 in the Doris Duke Theatre. The company, led by Co-Artistic Director, choreographer, and dancer Myriam Allard, and Co-Artistic Director, singer, and stage director Hedi el Moro Graja, will present El12 (el doce), a production created in 2010 that fuses traditional flamenco dance with contemporary choreography, video animation, and an expert ensemble of three live musicians, including acclaimed flamenco composer and guitarist Caroline Plant. Nominated for Outstanding Production at Torontos 2010 Dora Awards, El12 embodies the 12 beats essential to flamenco and explores the connection of dance and music in relation to the passage of time, such as the 12 months in a year. Frdrique Doyon of Le Devoir feels that El12 offers a wide range of flamenco styles reflecting the different stages of life, taking just the right liberties to breathe new life into this Andalusian art without altering it completely. The work includes an original, hybrid choreographic language that depicts both classical and modern style by blending the traditions of the flamenco art form with present-day aesthetics. Allard, coartistic director, choreographer, and dancer, studied in Spain with flamenco masters for six years before co-founding La Otra Orilla in 2005. Allards dancing reflects her personal style of strength and elegance. Aline Apostolska of La Presse writes that Allard is a magnificent flamenco dancer, energetic and magnetic, not only a performer respectful of formal purism, but completely free in reinterpreting tradition with her resolutely contemporary vision.
Co-founder and singer Graja had an unconventional start to his flamenco career as a self-taught singer. Graja began his training by moving to Seville, Spain, listening to great flamenco vocalists, and participating in local fiestas before co-founding La Otra Orilla with Allard. In El12, Graja is a passionate, singer, a low baritone, and not the traditional flamenco tenor, his husky, growling voice giving an edge to the dance (Paula Citron, Globe and Mail). The music, performed live during the work, is an original composition by Caroline Plant, accompanied by guitarist Jos Vega and percussionist Miguel Medina. A vital part of the performance, Graja refuses to let the musicians become a mere soundtrack for Allards dance. Their performance is also choreographed, as they move around the stage between each section (Sylvain Verstricht, Adding final elements to the companys unique approach to flamenco are the stunning video animations created by video artist Genevive Allard for El12 that provide evocative images throughout (Paula Citron, Globe and Mail).

Company History: Acclaimed La Otra Orilla from Montral, Canada creates work that showcases a unique and radical approach to flamenco, which reflects a trans-disciplinary vision. Based on the collaboration between Co-Artistic Director, choreographer, and dancer Myriam Allard, and Co-Artistic Director, singer, and stage director Hedi el Moro Graja, this company embodies and celebrates the timeless and universal appeal of flamenco. The artistic directors draw on their extensive knowledge of the nuances and modes of this art, acquired over many years spent in Andalusia, Spain, to suggest a hybrid flamenco language that is modern and poetic. This language explores the traditions of this art form while remaining firmly rooted in the present. PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION La Otra Orilla Doris Duke Theatre Wednesday, August 14 through Saturday, August 18 at 8:15pm Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 at 2:15pm Free Pre-Show Talks with Jacobs Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Suzanne Carbonneau are offered on the porch of the Doris Duke Theatre 30 minutes before every performance. A Post-Show Q&A with artistic personnel from La Otra Orilla will take place onstage on Thursday, August 15. Tickets $22$38. Now on sale online at, via phone at 413.243.0745, or in person at the Jacobs Pillow Box Office. Box Office hours: Sunday through Tuesday, 11am5pm; Wednesday through Saturday 11am 8pm. Jacobs Pillow is located at 358 George Carter Road in Becket, MA, 01223 (10 minutes east on Route 20 from Mass Pike Exit 2). The Jacobs Pillow campus and theatres are handicapped-accessible.

IN THE TED SHAWN THEATRE, AUGUST 14-18 Wendy Whelan/Restless Creature Ted Shawn Theatre Wednesday, August 14- Saturday August 18, 8pm Saturday, August 17 & Sunday, August 18, 2pm New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan joins forces with four of todays top male choreographers in the world premiere of Restless Creature. She performs a vibrant suite of duets, each with its own distinct style and artistry, created by and danced with 2012 Jacobs Pillow Dance Award-winner Kyle Abraham, contemporary ballet choreographer Joshua Beamish, Festival artist Brian Brooks, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicagos Alejandro Cerrudo. FREE EVENTS AT JACOBS PILLOW, AUGUST 14-18 Inside/Out Performance: Mystic Ballet Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space Wednesday, August 14, 6:15pm Connecticut-based Mystic Ballet is dedicated to performing a diverse range of contemporary dance works. Along with resident choreographers, Mystic Ballet showcases works by Stephan Toss, Sergei Vanaev, Sidra Bell, Gabrielle Lamb, Brian Enos, Jozsef Csaba Hajzer, and Lauren Edson. With the support of Connecticut's Department of Economic and Cultural Development, the company has toured Germany, Japan, Central America, and Brazil. FREE

Inside/Out Performance: Amy Marshall Dance Company Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space Thursday, August 15, 6:15pm The Amy Marshall Dance Company, co-founded by choreographer Amy Marshall and Executive Director Chad Levy, uses dance as a visual metaphor for the human spirit. The work's emotional structure explodes across the stage with dramatic confrontation, then resolves into a poignancy of classical dimensions. Since its inception in 2000, the company has performed and taught across North America, Europe, and Asia. FREE PillowTalk: The Art of Promotion Blakes Barn at Jacobs Pillow Friday, August 16, 5:00pm An important way to engage audiences, short online dance films are an exciting innovation. Festival videographer Nel Shelby shares her collaborations with ballet star Wendy Whelan while New York City Ballet's Ellen Bar shows her film work as well. FREE Inside/Out Performance: American Repertory Ballet Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space Friday, August 16, 6:15pm American Repertory Ballet (ARB) is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside new and existing works. Formed in 1978, the company is now under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and with the American Repertory Ballet since 1993 as a dancer, teacher, and ballet master. The company's repertory includes works by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. Former artistic directors include Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre, and Graham Lustig. FREE PillowTalk: Carmen, A Gypsy Geography Blakes Barn at Jacobs Pillow Saturday, August 17, 4:00pm Ninotchka Bennahum's new book explores Carmen, the female Gypsy character, in all her many guises--in dance, opera, and in the ancient Mediterranean world--and now this dance historian outlines her theories. FREE Inside/Out Performance: The School at Jacobs PillowJazz/Musical Theatre Dance Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space Saturday, August 17, 6:15pm To conclude their study in the Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program, dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow present jazz/musical theatre dance variations coached by program director Chet Walker. FREE Exhibit: Shooting Stars Blakes Barn at Jacobs Pillow Open June 19 Aug 25 Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 10pm, Tuesday and Sunday, noon to 6pm To experience dance through the eyes of other dancers is a rare treat, and this exhibit encompasses uncommon sights and vantage points, photos taken by professional dancers, that will be totally new to most viewers. New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan reveals what goes on in the dressing

rooms of New York City Ballet while Miguel Anaya shares his backstage view from last seasons production From the Horses Mouth: The Men Dancers, and much more. FREE Exhibit: Jordan Matter: Dancers Among Us Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby Open 60 minutes pre-performance By showing dancers in everyday surroundings, photographer Jordan Matter demonstrates just how extraordinary the human body can be. There's no photo manipulation here--no trampolines, no gimmicks, no tricks--which makes these images of roadside leaps and high kicks on the subway all the more remarkable. Including recognizable dance figures and relative unknowns, this collection truly communicates the excitement of having dancers among us. FREE Exhibit: Christopher Duggan: Inside/Out Doris Duke Theatre Lobby Open 60 minutes pre-performance As the Pillow's Festival Photographer since 2006, Christopher Duggan has now documented literally thousands of indelible dance moments. Focusing specifically on Inside/Out for an exhibit last summer at Saratoga's National Museum of Dance, these images are now coming home for the first time. Duggan's superb extra-large prints show off an incomparable setting in an unforgettable way. FREE Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival Archives Blakes Barn at Jacobs Pillow Open June 19 Aug 25 Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 10pm, Tuesday and Sunday, noon to 5pm This informal library and reading room allows Pillow visitors to view videos, browse through books, access the Pillow's computer catalog, or peruse permanent collections of Pillow programs and photographs. Pillow Interactive, the popular touch-screen kiosk, provides instant access to rare film clips ranging from the present day back to the 1930s, and the Dance Heritage Coalition's new Secure Media Network features videos from other archives throughout the country. FREE ###
Jacobs Pillow, marking its 81st Festival in 2013, is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest running international dance festival. The Festival includes more than 50 national and international dance companies and 350 free and ticketed performances, talks, tours, classes, exhibits, and events. The School at Jacobs Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S., encompasses the diverse disciplines of Ballet, Cultural Traditions, Contemporary, and Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance, as well as an Intern Program in various disciplines of arts administration, design, video, and production. The Pillows extensive Archives, open year-round to the public, chronicle more than 80 years of dance in photographs, programs, books, costumes, audiotapes, and video. Year-round Community Programs enrich the lives of children and adults through public classes, residencies in area schools, and more than 200 free public events. Through Jacobs Pillow Curriculum in Motion, a nationally-recognized program, artist-educators work with Berkshire County teachers and students grades K-12, transforming curricula such as biology, literature, and history into kinesthetic and creative learning experiences. Creative Development Residencies, in which dance companies are invited to live and work at the Pillow and enjoy unlimited studio time; choreography commissions; and the annual $25,000 Jacobs Pillow Dance Award all support visionary dance artists and choreographers. Virtual Pillow is aimed at expanding global audiences for dance and offers the opportunity to experience dance and Jacob's Pillow from anywhere in the world via online interactive exhibits, global video networks, and social media. As part of the Virtual Pillow initiative, Jacobs Pillow Dance Interactive is a curated online video collection of dance highlights from 1936 to today. On March 2, 2011, President Obama honored Jacobs Pillow with a National Medal of Arts, the highest arts award given by the United States Government. Jacobs Pillow is the first dance presenting organization to receive this prestigious award. For more information, visit