Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow

As seen on
PBS’ Great Performances

Directed by Ron Honsa | Produced by Nan Penman | Narrated by Bill T. Jones | Distributed by First Run Features

Praise for Never Stand Still

Honsa manages to capture dancers ineffable beauty while offering a delectable glimpse into the art.”
The Boston Globe

Highly recommended!” The New York Times

Never Stand Still lovingly conveys the connection between place, performer, and audience.” The New Yorker

Exhilarating! To thrill lovers of movement.”
The Village Voice

Never Stand Still is a testament to our tradition and roots in movement.” Huffington Post

An exhilarating documentary featuring every kind of dance form imaginable in rapid, kinesthetically gripping visuals.” The San Francisco Examiner

Like Wim Wender’s Pina, Never Stand Still immerses us in the lives of extraordinary artists and the power of dance.” Encore Magazine

Honsa and Nan Penman, have confidence in the more universal approach they’ve taken, and the beautiful artistry they’ve captured in Never Stand Still proves their point. Dance should appeal to everyone.”
Los Angeles Times

From the opening shots of this transcendent documentary, Never Stand Still, we feel the tingling sensation of something other-worldly about to happen, we are transported into another realm. Thanks to Honsa’s sure directorial touch, the wings of the dancers in Never Stand Still are quite visible indeed.” Galo Magazine

74 Minutes of Pure Joy” Berkshire Onstage

Never Stand Still is an enchanting tribute destined to delight both modern dance devotees and the curious alike.”
Kam Williams

A documentary filmmaker has two responsibilities. The first is to make an interesting subject even more interesting. The second is to make a good film. Director Ron Honsa hits both marks with Never Stand Still, an intimate look at dance that will galvanize anyone who’s ever moved his body to music.” CityArts

Never Stand Still is all about the dancers Film Journal

Directed by veteran documentary filmmaker Ron Honsa, the beautifully crafted NEVER STAND STILL reveals the passion, discipline, and daring of those who choose a life in dance. Broadway World

This thrilling documentary features amazing performances by world-renowned dancers Covering Media


Never Stand Still explores why dance matters as it transports the viewer into a world of non-stop dance, the daring artists who dedicate their lives to it, and the extraordinary place where it all happens. Directed by Ron Honsa, narrated by Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones, and filmed on location at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Never Stand Still features world renowned choreographers and dancers and rare archival footage while chronicling the remarkable story of how an abandoned farm, in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, evolved into “the dance center of the nation.”

Intimate interviews with legendary dance artists include Judith Jamison, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell, and Frederic Franklin, as well as one of the last interviews with the iconic Merce Cunningham. Broadway stars Bill Irwin and Rasta Thomas share their personal stories and ideas about art alongside international artists Shantala Shivalingappa, Gideon Obarzanek, Jomar Mesquita and Nikolaj Hübbe.

Above all, the artists share with us their passion for the most ephemeral, physically demanding, and challenging art form, dance. Judith Jamison explains, “You have to touch the human spirit, don’t you? What’s the point otherwise? And as Mark Morris aptly puts it, “I like to say that my work – it’s not for everyone, it’s for anyone.” Never Stand Still is an inspiring film that will appeal to anyone.

DIRECTED by Ron Honsa

PRODUCED AND WRITTEN by Ron Honsa, Nan Penman

CINEMATOGRAPHY by Jimmy O’Donnell, Etienne Sauret, Jeff Hodges

EDITED by Charles Yurick

SOUND by Jason Gillet, Chip Hogg

NARRATED by Bill T. Jones


Marge Champion, Merce Cunningham, Suzanne Farrell, Diane Ferlatte, Frederic Franklin, Joanna Haigood, Nikolaj Hubbe, Bill Irwin, Judith Jamison, Jomar Mesquita, Mark Morris, Gideon Obarzanek, Jens Rosen, Shantala Shivalingappa, Paul Taylor, Linda Tillery, Rasta Thomas


Please contact Producer Nan Penman at Moving Pictures to schedule screenings and for further information at 212-924-7364,, or complete the form below.

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