August 16, 2019
“A Ballerina Adventures in Postmodern Worlds”
by Deborah Jowitt
“It wouldn’t be entirely fair to call Sara Mearns a force of nature, given her discipline, her skills as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and her interest in exploring new possibilities. However having seen her perform August 14-18 in Jacob’s Pillow’s Doris Duke Theater, I’m strenuously tempted.
It’s especially fascinating to watch Mearns perform at fairly close range in a black-box theater such as the Duke. She doesn’t play to the audience and seems always to have some sort of story running in her head. This quality is not distracting or mystifying. It only means that her focus and the dynamics of her movements change subtly as she dances, and draw you in.”