Inside the Pillow Lab: Irene Rodríguez
Inside the Pillow Lab is an intimate new film series that captures works in process and behind-the-scenes moments of what it’s like for artists to live, work, and rehearse together again in COVID-compliant residencies on the Pillow’s retreat-like campus. Irene Rodríguez Pillow Lab residency led up to the Jacob’s Pillow Gala, where she developed a new work that has been commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow and the Vivienne Jones Endowment Fund at Jacob’s Pillow. The work premiered at the Season Opening Gala on June 18, 2022. Born in Cuba, and settled recently in the US, Irene Rodríguez is a leading international figure of Spanish dance and choreography; the King of Spain granted her the Order “Isabella the Catholic,” Spain’s highest civilian honor. Principal Dancer, Choreographer and educator, she has worked as dancer and style and Choreography consultant of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. She earned a Theater Arts Degree and a Master’s Degree in Theoretical Studies of Dance given conferences internationally and master classes to the Juilliard School, San Jose Ballet, etc. In 2019 she was the director of the Spanish and Flamenco Dance Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow. Rodriguez founded her own dance company: Compañía Irene Rodríguez, which has performed in the most prestigious theaters and festivals around the world and in the U.S., including the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She founded and directed Havana’s most prestigious Spanish dance academy and she has also been the artistic director of the International Festival “La Huella de España” founded by Alicia Alonso. Among her awards are: First Prize in the VIII Iberoamerican Choreography Competition, the Audience and UNEAC Award at the Choreography contest “Vladimir Malakhov,” the Iberoamerican Medal Honoris Causa (México University); among others. INSIDE THE PILLOW LAB Irene Rodríguez RESIDENCY DATES: June 13 - June 19, 2022 APPEARING IN FILM: Irene Rodríguez, Choreographer Irene López, Manager and Costume Design Marlon Fernandez, Dancer Don Laurin Johnson, Musician Christian Puig, Musician MUSIC: Don Laurin Johnson, Musician Christian Puig, Musician Film Produced by Nel Shelby Productions: Nel Shelby, Producer and Director Loren Robertson, Producer and Project Manager Christopher Duggan, Drone Operator and Videographer Michelina Risbeck, Videographer Nel Shelby, Editor Benjamin Richards, Graphic Animation Photography by Christopher Duggan "No TUrning Back" (World Premiere) was created during a Pillow Lab Residency at Jacob's Pillow in the spring of 2022. The work explores the fusion of Irene's Latin American and African roots that crafts her cultural and personal expressions today. LEAD SUPPORT OF THE 2021-2022 PILLOW LAB IS PROVIDED BY: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM: Deborah & Charles Adelman Arison Arts Foundation The Barr Foundation Harkness Foundation for Dance Barbara and Amos Hostetter Christopher Jones & Deb McAlister Mertz Gilmore Foundation National Endowment for the Arts © 2022 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Inc.
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Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: André Zachery
Inside the Pillow Lab: André Zachery
During his Pillow Lab residency, André Zachery develops "Respiration", an evening-length multimedia performance of dance, original sound and digital media inspired by the novel "The City We Became" by acclaimed Afrofuturist writer N.K. Jemisin.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Mythili Prakash
Inside the Pillow Lab: Mythili Prakash
"She’s Auspicious" examines notions of femininity and purity through the paradox of the Hindu Goddess Devi, who is worshiped as powerful and auspicious, in contrast to the woman who is objectified and marginalized in society.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Rokafella and Kwikstep
Inside the Pillow Lab: Rokafella and Kwikstep
During this Pillow Lab residency, Kwikstep and Rokafella took time to look over their choreographic body of work to extract inspiring phrases and build a new duet that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Theresa Ruth Howard
Inside the Pillow Lab: Theresa Ruth Howard
For this Pillow Lab, MoBBallet (Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet) founder Theresa Ruth Howard tapped 2021 Guggenheim Choreographic Fellow Christopher Huggins to enter a process with eight international Black dancers.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Larissa Velez-Jackson
Inside the Pillow Lab: Larissa Velez-Jackson
For this project, "Yackez Love For A New World Paradigm", Larissa returns to directing and choreographing Yackez, her collaboration with her husband, musical director Jon Velez-Jackson.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Faye Driscoll
Inside the Pillow Lab: Faye Driscoll
Go inside the development of Faye Driscoll’s newest work, "Weathering," a multi-sensory flesh sculpture made of bodies, sounds, scents, liquids, and objects.