Looking at pictures from Jacob's Pillow, I always hear sounds of birds tweeting to the strains of Tchaikovsky. No, I'm not actually hallucinating; I'm just craving some great dance al fresco. Luckily, the dance festival’s 2012 season kicks off next weekend—and it looks like it’s going to be another great summer up in the Berkshires.

 

Some of the highlights we’re most excited for are performances by Mophoses (June 27–July 1), Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot (June 27–July 1), The Hong Kong Ballet (July 18–22), The Joffrey (August 22–26) and a free “Inside/Out” show with Gabrielle Lamb and Dancers (August 16). The Pillow’s also offering free “Pillowtalks” with the incoming Miami City Ballet director Lourdes Lopez (June 29) and American Bolshoi star David Hallberg (August 3), both of which are sure to be fascinating. Check out the full schedule at jacobspillow.org.

 

Can’t make it to Massachusetts? Explore the virtual Pillow, which is loaded with great clips of performances and talks, backstage highlights, and more.

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American Ballet Theatre's fall season at Lincoln Center's Koch Theater offers a chance to see the company in shorter works and mixed-repertoire programs. This year's October 16–27 run honors principal Herman Cornejo, who's celebrating his 20th anniversary with the company. Cornejo will be featured in a special celebratory program as well as a new work by Twyla Tharp (her 17th for the company), set to Johannes Brahms' String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111. The October 26 program will include Cornejo in a pas de deux with his sister, former ABT dancer Erica Cornejo.

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