The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival launches its 74th season with half of its companies coming from overseas, a number of premieres, and several works performed to live music. The performances, scheduled for June 17-Aug. 27, range from the Suzanne Farrell Ballet's presentation of rarely seen George Balanchine gems to a US premiere by Mexico's Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza, in which a performer will dance in a very shallow pool of water.
Ten companies will perform in the Ted Shawn Theatre. The Suzanne Farrell Ballet is making its only East Coast appearance away from its home base at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Coming to the Pillow for the first time, the company will bring both Balanchine favorites and his lesser-known works.
While Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza is performing its first full program in the United States, the Limón Dance Company celebrates its 60th anniversary at Jacob's Pillow.
Finland's Tero Saarinen Company performs with the vocal ensemble Boston Camerata in the US premiere of ''Borrowed Light," inspired by the Shaker movement of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Spain's CND2 (Compañía Nacional de Danza 2), led by Nacho Duato, returns for its third appearance with a US premiere by assistant artistic director Tony Fabre.
Eva Yerbabuena, said to be one of the greatest flamenco dancers in Spain today, brings her company of dancers and musicians. The Trey McIntyre Project brings a new work with music by the bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley. And Shen Wei Dance Arts brings several works, including a new dance based on travels to Tibet.
Pacific Northwest Ballet, with Peter Boal as the new artistic director, makes its first East Coast appearance in 10 years, with three contemporary works and a neoclassical favorite.
Mark Morris Dance Group closes the season celebrating the company's 25th anniversary with a selection of old and new works, accompanied by the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble.
In the smaller Doris Duke Studio Theatre, kicking off the season is a showing of the documentary film ''Ballets Russes," narrated by actress Marian Seldes, on June 23.
Companies performing in the space include ASzURe & Artists, returning with a new work; Israel's contemporary, award-winning Emanuel Gat Dance; Robert Moses' Kin in the troupe's third Pillow visit; India's Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, which brings an adaptation of the 2,000-year-old odissi classical Indian form; Danish Dance Theatre, with two US premieres; the contemporary ballet company Armitage Gone! Dance; the Greek troupe Choreftes in its US debut; and Montreal's Rubberbandance Group, which fuses ballet, modern, and hip-hop forms. Richard Move also premieres his latest project, MoveOpolis!
Jacob's Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. Tickets: 413-243-0745, starting Feb. 21.