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Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow

A film by Ron Honsa

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Legendary dancers and choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, Judith Jamison and Bill Irwin appear alongside new innovators to reveal the passion, discipline, and daring of the world of dance in Never Stand Still. Filmed at the iconic Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, this thrilling documentary features amazing performances by world-renowned dancers interwoven with intimate interviews, behind-the-scenes insights, and rare archival footage.

Founded in the 1930s by visionary dance pioneer Ted Shawn on a farm in the Berkshires, today the Pillow is an idyllic mecca for artists and audiences from around the world, a place where dance in all its forms – from ballet to jazz to contemporary – is studied, created, performed and celebrated.

A wonderful companion to the recent hit Pina, Never Stand Still immerses us in the lives of extraordinary artists and the power of dance.

Narrated by Bill T. Jones

WINNER! Best Documentary- San Francisco Dance Film Festival
WINNER! Best Documentary- Dance Camera West Festival

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What the Critics are Saying

"An exhilarating documentary featuring every kind of dance form imaginable in rapid, kinesthetically gripping visuals." -San Francisco Examiner

"Highly recommended." - The New York Times

"Brilliant! 74 minutes of pure joy." - Larry Murray, Berkshire OnStage

"An intimate look at dance that will galvanize anyone who's ever moved his body to music."
- CityArts


See details about this film's theatrical run.

Read The New Yorker piece about Never Stand Still and the history of the festival.

Never Stand Still was produced by Moving Pictures, a production company in Manhattan.  It has been led by director Ron Honsa and producer Nan Penman since its inception.

Features and Specifications

Special Features:

  • Extended Interview with Merce Cunningham
  • The Carter Family Farm at Jacob’s Pillow / Invisible Wings
  • Performance footage of Chunky Move in I Want to Dance Better at Parties
  • Mimulus in On the Left-Hand Side of Who Goes up the Street
  • The Lombard Twins / C Jam Blues

Format: DVD
Release Year : 2012
Running Time: 74 minutes
Color: Color
Language: English

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