BerkshireWeekend

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire region.

Incubator for New Choreography to Feature Works-in-Progress Showings

'Out of the Box' choreography by Vincent Brewer

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Berkshire native Vincent Brewer has founded the Berkshire Choreography Project, an incubator for creating new cutting-edge, original choreography. The project is based at Berkshire Pulsein Housatonic, and will present two free, informal showings of works-in-progress on Friday, August 15, 2014, at 8pm and Saturday, August 16, at 7:30 pm. “In the…

Contemporary Brazilian Troupe to Unveil World Premiere at Jacob’s Pillow

Scene from 'Na Pista' (photo Gregory Lorenzutti)

(BECKET, Mass.) – The street life of Rio will pervade Jacob’s Pillow this week when Companhia Urbana de Dança returns for a five-show engagement in the Ted Shawn Theatre from Wednesday, August 13, through Sunday, August 16, 2014. The troupe brings a program of contemporary hip-hop dances never before seen by Pillow audiences, including the thought-provoking,…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, August 6-10, 2014

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  DANCE-THEATRE WORK ‘STARDUST’ by DAVID ROUSSÈVE/REALITY PREMIERES at JACOB’S PILLOW (BECKET, Mass.) – Bringing a contemporary variation on the traditional coming of age story, David Roussève/REALITY comes to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with the world premiere of the company’s latest dance-theatre work, Stardust, running from Wednesday, August 6, through Sunday, August 10, in the…

New Bolcom Work Celebrating Leonard Slatkin at 70 to Premiere at Tanglewood

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  (LENOX, Mass.) – Among the highlights of this weekend’s programs at Tanglewood is the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom’s Circus Overture, commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to celebrate conductor Leonard Slatkin’s 70th birthday, on Friday, August 8, 2014, in a program featuring violinist Gil Shaham and BSO principal oboe John…

Romantic Comedy by Mark St. Germain Gets World Premiere at BSC

Paige Davis  (photo Paul Gregory)

  (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – “Dancing Lessons,” the new romantic comedy by playwright and BSC associate artist Mark St. Germain, receives its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company (BSC) from Thursday, August 7, 2014, through Sunday, August 24. Directed by Barrington Stage artistic director Julianne Boyd, “Dancing Lessons” stars John Cariani and Paige Davis. The play centers…

Joshua Redman and The Bad Plus to Team Up at the Mahaiwe

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  (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Hard-driving modern jazz trio the Bad Plus joins forces with dynamic saxophonist and improviser Joshua Redman for a unique program at the Mahaiwe on Friday, August 8 at 8pm. The Bad Plus initially gained fame for its innovative jazz versions of modern tunes by rock bands including Blondie, Nirvana, the Bee…

Fringe Troupe Brings Low-Fi ‘Play with Music’ to WTF

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  (WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – The PigPen Theatre Company brings its critically acclaimed, low-fi, original music-theater production, “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” to the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival from Wednesday, August 6, 2014, through Sunday, August 17. The “play with music,” as the troupe of seven — all of whom met…

MASS MoCA Installation Marks Centennial of Passenger Pigeon Extinction

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(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Eclipse, a site-specific installation at MASS MoCA on view beginning Saturday, August 9, 2014, evolved from a series of conversations between New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert and artist duo Sayler/Morris (Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris). The exhibition examines species extinction through the passenger pigeon, whose once-massive population disappeared 100 years ago.…