This week, Jacob’s Pillow will present "Glacier," an award-winning piece choreographed by Liz Gerring. This contemporary dance is set to and named after composer Michael Schumacher’s score “Glacier,” for Colorado's stunningly beautiful Glacier Lake. From the dimly-lit, pale background, the ice- and water-themed costumes, to the movements that would suddenly freeze in the middle of action, the piece is choreographed to perfectly embody the score.
Liz Gerring is a California native, but her work is closely connected to New York City. She received her B.F.A from The Julliard School, and in 1998 founded the Liz Gerring Dance Company in New York City. Her intensely physical work has been likened to that of the great dancers Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham by The New Yorker. In 2014, Gerring was nominated for the Outstanding Production Bessie Award for "Glacier."
It's fitting that an international dance mecca like Jacob’s Pillow will present Gerring’s work at its Summer Festival in the Doris Duke Studio Theatre. If you get the chance to take a trip out to Western Massachusetts, Jo highly recommends stopping by Jacob's Pillow for an "outdoor retreat in the Berkshires and the most awe-inspiring dance pieces and archives this side of the Atlantic."