The Clark Hosts a Sneak Peak of NL: A Season of Dutch Arts in the Berkshires on April 22

For Immediate Release

April 09, 2007

Preview this summer's collaborative program of art, music and dance, NL: A Season of Dutch Arts in the Berkshires, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 22. During the 2 pm free program, the Clark and Jacob's Pillow will offer a sneak peak into their upcoming NL offerings. Jacob’s Pillow Executive Director Ella Baff and Director of Preservation Norton Owen will also examine the fresh innovations and rich traditions of Dutch dance in the Berkshires through a showing of rare film clips and discussion of the important Dutch artists who have been a vital part of 75 years of dance at Jacob's Pillow.

Jacob’s Pillow’s Dutch connection began with the U.S. debut of Nederlands Dans Theater in1965, and the organization has presented several notable U.S. premieres by Nederlands Dans Theater 3 in 1994. Dutch artists have performed or taught at the Pillow since the early 1940s, including Lucas Hoving, Nel Roos, and Pauline de Groot. Benjamin Harkarvy, the co-founder of Nederlands Dans Theater, first presented his choreography at the Pillow in 1957 with the Benjamin Harkarvy Ballet, and later directed the Ballet Project of The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

Ella Baff has been Jacob’s Pillow’s executive director since 1997. Baff has received several awards, including the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Owen has been associated with Jacob's Pillow since 1976 and has been director of preservation since 1990, initiating and conducting all programs concerning dance documentation, exhibitions and archival resources. He wrote A Certain Place: The Jacob’s Pillow Story, and contributed essays to two books on José Limón. He was awarded the Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance at Harvard’s Houghton Library, and was selected as a recipient of Dance/USA’s Ernie Award.

In addition to Baff and Owen’s presentation, Lisa Green, director of communications and design at the Clark, will preview NL programs at the Clark including the exhibition Dutch Dialogues, a performance by the Amstel Quartet, a series of Dutch films,lectures on Dutch architecture and design, and a family day.

Dutch Dialogues is organized in collaboration with “NL: A Season of Dutch Arts in the Berkshires” and received initial funding from the Netherlands Culture Fund.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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