On many summer evenings you will find me, a sketchbook on my lap and pen in hand, seated in the first row of a darkened theater at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts. As the performance unfolds, my loose hand flies across the paper, tracing the arch of a dancer’s back, the tension and release of a pas de deux, or the collective energy of an ensemble. When I get it right, the narrative, character, spark, rhythm, flow and urgency of performance emerge on the page.
Next to me sits my husband Eli, taking notes. Together we turn these images and observations into dance reviews in The Berkshire Edge, a publication of news, arts and ideas in Western Massachusetts.
Dance is a sampling of these drawings, impelled and inspired by the passion and artistry of some of the best dancers, choreographers, and musicians in the world today.