Dance of the Ages
Jacob’s Pillow (358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA 01223)
Ted Shawn’s historic Dance of the Ages (1938) comes alive once again at Jacob’s Pillow in this engagement with Adam Weinert and collaborators. Ted Shawn, founder of Jacob’s Pillow, considered Dance of the Ages to be his masterpiece.
This iconic choreography was based on the radical queer text Towards Democracy (1883) by Edward Carpenter and comprised Shawn’s response to what he saw as the rise of fascism around the world. This new performance brings a fresh perspective to the piece, offering subtle updates to themes of gender performance and national identity.