Never Stand Still

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2 out of 5 stars
Never Stand Still

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

Nestled in the woodsy nirvana of the Berkshires, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance center has been a creative safe space for more than 80 years; any adventurous choreographer worth their salt has made pilgrimages to Ted Shawn’s converted barn throughout their career. Ron Honsa’s PBS-appropriate doc pays lip service to the utopian space’s history, and features (too-)brief snippets of performances and modern-dance legends—Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell—praising the landmark. But too often, Honsa will simply let his talking heads ramble on without focus or foundation, and his preference for touchy-feely platitudes over letting the Pillow-based pieces speak for themselves does everybody—the interviewees, the dancers, the fans, you—a disservice.

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