Inside the Pillow Lab: Sonya Tayeh & Jenn Freeman
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. "Is It Thursday Yet?" is a stimulating hybrid of theatricality and clinical analysis, a solo dance work with live musical accompaniment exploring autistic choreographer and dancer Jenn Freeman’s neurodivergent brain in motion. Diagnosed in her adulthood at age 33, Freeman’s work seeks to foster the understanding of autism for herself and others. Directed by Tony Award® winner Sonya Tayeh, "Is It Thursday Yet?" will be scored with original live music from renowned U.S. musician Holland Andrews and utilizes recordings from Freeman’s autism diagnosis sessions, with accompanying vocals, clarinet, drums, and electronic music elements. Embracing child-like surrealism, the work in development will include vibrant, colorful, and tactile scenic design by Tony Award® winner Rachel Hauck and is inspired by Freeman’s sensory sensitivities to texture, color, light, and sound. Projected footage from her childhood along with clinical information will undergo digital re-imaging and will be woven into the story, serving as a narrative. INSIDE THE PILLOW LAB Sonya Tayeh and Jenn Freeman Is it Thursday Yet? RESIDENCY DATES: November 2-13, 2022 CO-CREATORS: Jenn Freeman and Sonya Tayeh PERFORMED BY: Jenn Freeman CO-CHOREOGRAPHED BY: Jenn Freeman and Sonya Tayeh DIRECTOR: Sonya Tayeh COMPOSER: Holland Andrews SCENIC DESIGN: Rachel Hauck MEDIA DESIGN: Joseph Digiovanna COSTUME DESIGN: Márion Talán de la Rosa MUSICIANS: Holland Andrews and Joshua Strmic CREATIVE CONSULTANTS: Alexander Hammer CREATIVE ASSOCIATES: Maddy Wright, Lily Sheppard, and Holly Thiel GENERAL MANAGEMENT: ArKtyoe – Thomas O. Kriegsmann NEL SHELBY PRODUCTIONS Nel Shelby, Producer & Videographer Christopher Duggan, Videographer Sonia Bartolomeo, Project Manager & Editor Benjamin Richards, Graphic Animation The 2022-2023 PILLOW LAB RECEIVES LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FROM: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation © 2022 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Inc.
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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.
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: 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: 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: Camille A. Brown
Inside The Pillow Lab: Camille A. Brown
Continuing her explorations of Black Joy, director and choreographer Camille A. Brown is creating a new work for her Company that launches queries into the possibilities of imagination—investigating the past to boldly reimagine it.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: LaJuné McMillian
Inside the Pillow Lab: LaJuné McMillian
For this project, LaJuné McMillian is developing "Spirit and Child", a series of prayers between Child and Spirit, presented as a live motion capture performance and installation.