Ella Baff, Michelle Dorrance, Wendy Whelan, and More Step out to Kick-off the 81st Annual Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

by Spot LA


Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Celebrated its 81st annual Festival with an opening Gala on Saturday, June 15.  Honorary Co-Chairs for the Season Opening Gala included Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem Virginia Johnson and principal dancer with the New York City Ballet Wendy Whelan.  The evening was filled with performances in the Ted Shawn Theatre by Wendy Whelan and Lloyd Knight of Martha Graham Dance Company; Dancers from DTH; Michelle Dorrance and the students of the Ballet program at Jacob's Pillow.  The event raised a remarkable $411,000 to benefit artists, students and the thousands of visitors who enjoy the Pillow annually. Guests enjoyed two new exhibits curated by Norton Owen and a delicious three course dinner by The Old Inn and Megan Moore. 

 

 PHOTO CAPTION: First Lady Diane Patrick and Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick   backstage with Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff, New York City   Ballet star Wendy Whelan, soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company Lloyd   Knight. Photographer Karli Cadel; Courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance

PHOTO CAPTION: First Lady Diane Patrick and Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick 

backstage with Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff, New York City 

Ballet star Wendy Whelan, soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company Lloyd 

Knight. Photographer Karli Cadel; Courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance

 PHOTO CAPTION: First Lady Diane Patrick and Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick   backstage with 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Winner Michelle Dorrance.   Photographer Karli Cadel; courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance

PHOTO CAPTION: First Lady Diane Patrick and Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick 

backstage with 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Winner Michelle Dorrance. 

Photographer Karli Cadel; courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance

 PHOTO CAPTION: Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Trey McIntyre Project   John Michael Schert, Director of Sunny Artist Management Ilter Ibrahimof, Resident   Choreographer of Hubbard Street Chicago Alejandro Cerrudo, and Fashion Director of   Quest Media Daniel Cappello, prior to the Gala performance. Photographer Tina Lane;   courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance

PHOTO CAPTION: Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Trey McIntyre Project 

John Michael Schert, Director of Sunny Artist Management Ilter Ibrahimof, Resident 

Choreographer of Hubbard Street Chicago Alejandro Cerrudo, and Fashion Director of 

Quest Media Daniel Cappello, prior to the Gala performance. Photographer Tina Lane; 

courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance

 PHOTO CAPTION: Jacob’s Pillow Board Chair Joan Hunter and New York City Ballet star   Wendy Whelan under the Gala tent. Photographer Tina Lane; courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow   Dance   

PHOTO CAPTION: Jacob’s Pillow Board Chair Joan Hunter and New York City Ballet star 

Wendy Whelan under the Gala tent. Photographer Tina Lane; courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow 

Dance

 

 PHOTO CAPTION: Wendy Whelan and Lloyd Knight in Martha Graham’s Canticle for   Innocent Comedians (1952); Photographer Karli Cadel; Courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance

PHOTO CAPTION: Wendy Whelan and Lloyd Knight in Martha Graham’s Canticle for 

Innocent Comedians (1952); Photographer Karli Cadel; Courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance

 PHOTO CAPTION: Martin Monas and wife, former New York City Ballet Dancer Teresa   Reyes during cocktail hour. Photographer Tina Lane; courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance

PHOTO CAPTION: Martin Monas and wife, former New York City Ballet Dancer Teresa 

Reyes during cocktail hour. Photographer Tina Lane; courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance