Events

Apr
25
Thu
Stockbridge, MA–Daffodil Festival @ Naumkeag House Museum
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come to Naumkeag for this new springtime tradition!

The gardens at Naumkeag have been planted with over 60,000 daffodil, tulip and spring bulbs. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring in the Berkshires with friends and family. Each weekend will have a variety of pop-up activities on the grounds for visitors to enjoy. Admission to the festival includes self-guided access to the grounds and the first floor of the house.

Cost–Member Adult: $9; Member Child: FREE; Nonmember Adult: $15; Nonmember Child: FREE;

May
18
Sat
CHESTER, MA–The 28th Anniversary: Chester On Track Events
May 18 all-day

2019 marks the 178th year since the railroad was opened.

There will be a massive parade, Civil War, Blacksmith demos, Hand hewn woodworking demo, and early Irish railroad re-enactors from Storrowton Village, will be on the north lawn of the station. A train show will be in the station, and commemorative envelopes and historic stamps with a special postal cancellation.

State Police K-9 demo, Steam Train Derby, Bounce House, Petting Zoo Garden Tractor pulls, Sand Art and other amusements will be in full swing at the ballfield on Emery St.

A craft fair, face painting and ‘one-lung’ steam & gas engine demos will be along Main St and on the lawn of the Chester Inn. Also on the Chester Inn front porch will be live music throughout the day by the group, ‘Just Us’.

Classic cars from Model ‘T’s to the newest Corvettes will line up on Maple St., where kids can visit the and be entertained by Nicole the Railroad Clown, formerly of Ringling Bros. Circus.

The railroad station outdoor stage will host music by the Pitoniak Bros., Pioneer Valley Fiddlers, Dogwalker, and an open jam session by a number of local musicians during the afternoon. The Pioneer Valley Live Steamers will display their large scale operating steam and diesel locomotives and a selection of rolling stock on the station’s south lawn.

The Hamilton Memorial Library will hold a Book and Bake Sale on the lawn, and the Library’s Chester Mineral Collection will be open for tours with John Marge from 10 AM to 1 PM. The Chester Historical Commission will be on hand at the Old Jail for tours from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

The Cornerstone Church will be open for lunch, A&L Market will be open all day, and the Foundation’s own Blue Caboose will open at 8 AM for breakfast and have a hearty railroad man’s menu throughout the day, where you can eat ‘hobo style’ in an antique wooden boxcar.

A number of 1920’s-era freight cars, including the 100 year old wooden caboose and ‘Children’s Boxcar’ will be open to the public. The Fire Dept. will hold their annual Duck Race on the Westfield River at 3:00 PM.

Visitor’s can hike to the first American cluster of stone arch RR bridges on the first MA Wild & Scenic River the Westfield. Tour an archeological stone works, enjoy historic displays & more! FREE (donations accepted) Partially funded through a grant by the Chester Cultural Council, a local agency, through Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

(413) 354-7878 or  Chester, MA 01011-0743. Like us on Facebook!

May
26
Sun
Concert and Opening Celebration. A Free Woman: The Amazing Grace of Mum Bet with Diane Taraz @ Bidwell House Museum
May 26 @ 3:00 pm

– In 1781, during the American Revolution, a slave named Bet sued for her freedom in a court of law in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She won her case and chose a new name: Elizabeth Freeman. Her fierce desire to be a free woman led her on a path that illuminates the experiences of women in the early days of our country.

Diane explores the life of Elizabeth Freeman in the music of the time. She performs in the sort of clothing Elizabeth wore, and accompanies her singing on lap dulcimer and an instrument similar to the English guitar played by women in the 1700s. Refreshments will be served.

Free for members, $15 for non-Members.
Please note: the museum is closed for tours this day.

Jun
19
Wed
Becket, MA–BALLET BC Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 19 @ 8:00 pm

Hailing from Vancouver, Ballet BC pushes the boundaries of classical ballet with a cutting-edge, contemporary sensibility and “gorgeous energy” (The Independent). Praised as “physically rigorous, dramatically solid, and truly contemporary” (Dance Magazine), Ballet BC celebrates ten years under the leadership of Artistic Director and former company member Emily Molnar, whose vision has guided the company into an unprecedented era of innovation and collaboration.

As one of the most significant Canadian companies, Ballet BC returns to the Pillow with a diverse program including Molnar’s most recent work To this day and the U.S. premiere of Bedroom Folk, originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater by sought-after Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, among others.

 

 

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Becket, MA–Circa Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 19 @ 8:15 pm

CIRCA
“Circus at its purest and most thrilling” (Daily Review), Brisbane-based Circa is at the forefront of a new wave of contemporary Australian circus, creating awe-inspiring performance from extreme physicality. Three fearless acrobats challenge perceptions of what the human body is capable of through a sublime display of interlocking bodies, aerial rope, and trapeze work in What Will Have Been, accompanied by a live, on-stage violinist who plays a thrilling fusion of electronic music.

Founded by visionary Yaron Lifschitz, the ensemble blurs the lines between movement, dance, theater, and circus and has toured to over 39 countries across six continents since 2004, returning to the Pillow for the third time.

 

 

Jun
20
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–BALLET BC Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm

Hailing from Vancouver, Ballet BC pushes the boundaries of classical ballet with a cutting-edge, contemporary sensibility and “gorgeous energy” (The Independent). Praised as “physically rigorous, dramatically solid, and truly contemporary” (Dance Magazine), Ballet BC celebrates ten years under the leadership of Artistic Director and former company member Emily Molnar, whose vision has guided the company into an unprecedented era of innovation and collaboration.

As one of the most significant Canadian companies, Ballet BC returns to the Pillow with a diverse program including Molnar’s most recent work To this day and the U.S. premiere of Bedroom Folk, originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater by sought-after Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, among others.

 

 

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Becket, MA–Circa Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 20 @ 8:15 pm

CIRCA
“Circus at its purest and most thrilling” (Daily Review), Brisbane-based Circa is at the forefront of a new wave of contemporary Australian circus, creating awe-inspiring performance from extreme physicality. Three fearless acrobats challenge perceptions of what the human body is capable of through a sublime display of interlocking bodies, aerial rope, and trapeze work in What Will Have Been, accompanied by a live, on-stage violinist who plays a thrilling fusion of electronic music.

Founded by visionary Yaron Lifschitz, the ensemble blurs the lines between movement, dance, theater, and circus and has toured to over 39 countries across six continents since 2004, returning to the Pillow for the third time.

 

 

Jun
21
Fri
Becket, MA–BALLET BC Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm

Hailing from Vancouver, Ballet BC pushes the boundaries of classical ballet with a cutting-edge, contemporary sensibility and “gorgeous energy” (The Independent). Praised as “physically rigorous, dramatically solid, and truly contemporary” (Dance Magazine), Ballet BC celebrates ten years under the leadership of Artistic Director and former company member Emily Molnar, whose vision has guided the company into an unprecedented era of innovation and collaboration.

As one of the most significant Canadian companies, Ballet BC returns to the Pillow with a diverse program including Molnar’s most recent work To this day and the U.S. premiere of Bedroom Folk, originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater by sought-after Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, among others.

 

 

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Becket, MA–Circa Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 21 @ 8:15 pm

CIRCA
“Circus at its purest and most thrilling” (Daily Review), Brisbane-based Circa is at the forefront of a new wave of contemporary Australian circus, creating awe-inspiring performance from extreme physicality. Three fearless acrobats challenge perceptions of what the human body is capable of through a sublime display of interlocking bodies, aerial rope, and trapeze work in What Will Have Been, accompanied by a live, on-stage violinist who plays a thrilling fusion of electronic music.

Founded by visionary Yaron Lifschitz, the ensemble blurs the lines between movement, dance, theater, and circus and has toured to over 39 countries across six continents since 2004, returning to the Pillow for the third time.

 

 

Jun
22
Sat
Becket, MA–BALLET BC Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 22 @ 2:00 pm

Hailing from Vancouver, Ballet BC pushes the boundaries of classical ballet with a cutting-edge, contemporary sensibility and “gorgeous energy” (The Independent). Praised as “physically rigorous, dramatically solid, and truly contemporary” (Dance Magazine), Ballet BC celebrates ten years under the leadership of Artistic Director and former company member Emily Molnar, whose vision has guided the company into an unprecedented era of innovation and collaboration.

As one of the most significant Canadian companies, Ballet BC returns to the Pillow with a diverse program including Molnar’s most recent work To this day and the U.S. premiere of Bedroom Folk, originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater by sought-after Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, among others.

 

 

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Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 22 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–BALLET BC Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm

Hailing from Vancouver, Ballet BC pushes the boundaries of classical ballet with a cutting-edge, contemporary sensibility and “gorgeous energy” (The Independent). Praised as “physically rigorous, dramatically solid, and truly contemporary” (Dance Magazine), Ballet BC celebrates ten years under the leadership of Artistic Director and former company member Emily Molnar, whose vision has guided the company into an unprecedented era of innovation and collaboration.

As one of the most significant Canadian companies, Ballet BC returns to the Pillow with a diverse program including Molnar’s most recent work To this day and the U.S. premiere of Bedroom Folk, originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater by sought-after Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, among others.

 

 

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Becket, MA–Circa Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 22 @ 8:15 pm

CIRCA
“Circus at its purest and most thrilling” (Daily Review), Brisbane-based Circa is at the forefront of a new wave of contemporary Australian circus, creating awe-inspiring performance from extreme physicality. Three fearless acrobats challenge perceptions of what the human body is capable of through a sublime display of interlocking bodies, aerial rope, and trapeze work in What Will Have Been, accompanied by a live, on-stage violinist who plays a thrilling fusion of electronic music.

Founded by visionary Yaron Lifschitz, the ensemble blurs the lines between movement, dance, theater, and circus and has toured to over 39 countries across six continents since 2004, returning to the Pillow for the third time.

 

 

Jun
23
Sun
Becket, MA–BALLET BC Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm

Hailing from Vancouver, Ballet BC pushes the boundaries of classical ballet with a cutting-edge, contemporary sensibility and “gorgeous energy” (The Independent). Praised as “physically rigorous, dramatically solid, and truly contemporary” (Dance Magazine), Ballet BC celebrates ten years under the leadership of Artistic Director and former company member Emily Molnar, whose vision has guided the company into an unprecedented era of innovation and collaboration.

As one of the most significant Canadian companies, Ballet BC returns to the Pillow with a diverse program including Molnar’s most recent work To this day and the U.S. premiere of Bedroom Folk, originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater by sought-after Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, among others.

 

 

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Jun
26
Wed
Becket, MA–COMPAÑÍA IRENE RODRÍGUEZ Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC & A WORLD PREMIERE

Compañía Irene Rodríguez is a revered voice in the emerging contemporary Cuban dance scene, known for a particular vision of flamenco that is both Spanish and Cuban. Rodríguez, praised as “intense” and “exacting” by The New York Times, created her company in 2012 that has since “succeeded in positioning itself among the best of the Spanish genre in Cuba” (Granma, Cuba). After a sold-out Pillow debut in 2017, this fiery ensemble of dancers and live musicians returns with audiences favorites and a world premiere, including the Pillow-commissioned Pena Negra based on poetry by Federico García Lorca, among others.

Among many accolades, Rodríguez was recently awarded the Order Isabel la Católica from the King of Spain and the Spanish government. The Festival presentation coincides with a two-week Professional Advancement program in the current and historic traditions of flamenco and Spanish dance, directed by Rodríguez in The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

 

 

 

Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 26 @ 8:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Ticketed Performances

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Jun
27
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–COMPAÑÍA IRENE RODRÍGUEZ Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC & A WORLD PREMIERE

Compañía Irene Rodríguez is a revered voice in the emerging contemporary Cuban dance scene, known for a particular vision of flamenco that is both Spanish and Cuban. Rodríguez, praised as “intense” and “exacting” by The New York Times, created her company in 2012 that has since “succeeded in positioning itself among the best of the Spanish genre in Cuba” (Granma, Cuba). After a sold-out Pillow debut in 2017, this fiery ensemble of dancers and live musicians returns with audiences favorites and a world premiere, including the Pillow-commissioned Pena Negra based on poetry by Federico García Lorca, among others.

Among many accolades, Rodríguez was recently awarded the Order Isabel la Católica from the King of Spain and the Spanish government. The Festival presentation coincides with a two-week Professional Advancement program in the current and historic traditions of flamenco and Spanish dance, directed by Rodríguez in The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

 

 

 

Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 27 @ 8:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Ticketed Performances

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Jun
28
Fri
Becket, MA–COMPAÑÍA IRENE RODRÍGUEZ Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC & A WORLD PREMIERE

Compañía Irene Rodríguez is a revered voice in the emerging contemporary Cuban dance scene, known for a particular vision of flamenco that is both Spanish and Cuban. Rodríguez, praised as “intense” and “exacting” by The New York Times, created her company in 2012 that has since “succeeded in positioning itself among the best of the Spanish genre in Cuba” (Granma, Cuba). After a sold-out Pillow debut in 2017, this fiery ensemble of dancers and live musicians returns with audiences favorites and a world premiere, including the Pillow-commissioned Pena Negra based on poetry by Federico García Lorca, among others.

Among many accolades, Rodríguez was recently awarded the Order Isabel la Católica from the King of Spain and the Spanish government. The Festival presentation coincides with a two-week Professional Advancement program in the current and historic traditions of flamenco and Spanish dance, directed by Rodríguez in The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

 

 

 

Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 28 @ 8:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Ticketed Performances

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Jun
29
Sat
Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 29 @ 2:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 29 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–COMPAÑÍA IRENE RODRÍGUEZ Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC & A WORLD PREMIERE

Compañía Irene Rodríguez is a revered voice in the emerging contemporary Cuban dance scene, known for a particular vision of flamenco that is both Spanish and Cuban. Rodríguez, praised as “intense” and “exacting” by The New York Times, created her company in 2012 that has since “succeeded in positioning itself among the best of the Spanish genre in Cuba” (Granma, Cuba). After a sold-out Pillow debut in 2017, this fiery ensemble of dancers and live musicians returns with audiences favorites and a world premiere, including the Pillow-commissioned Pena Negra based on poetry by Federico García Lorca, among others.

Among many accolades, Rodríguez was recently awarded the Order Isabel la Católica from the King of Spain and the Spanish government. The Festival presentation coincides with a two-week Professional Advancement program in the current and historic traditions of flamenco and Spanish dance, directed by Rodríguez in The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

 

 

 

Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 29 @ 8:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Ticketed Performances

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Jun
30
Sun
Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 30 @ 2:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–ALL STYLES DANCE BATTLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm

It’s back! For the third year in a row, we host an all styles dance battle featuring Festival artists, participants of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, regional street artists, surprise judges—and of course, one winner.

Tickets to this event are general admission: be a part of the action as you circle around some of the best dancers across multiple genres, as they battle it out right in front of you.

Ticketed Performances

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Jul
3
Wed
Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 3 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Jul
4
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 4 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 4 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Jul
5
Fri
Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 5 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Jul
6
Sat
Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 6 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 6 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Jul
7
Sun
Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Jul
11
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 11 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Jul
13
Sat
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Jul
17
Wed
Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 17 @ 8:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 17 @ 8:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Jul
18
Thu
Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 18 @ 2:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 18 @ 8:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 18 @ 8:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Jul
19
Fri
Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 19 @ 8:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Jul
20
Sat
Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 20 @ 2:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 20 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 20 @ 8:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Jul
21
Sun
Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 21 @ 2:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Jul
24
Wed
Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 24 @ 8:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 24 @ 8:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Jul
25
Thu
Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 25 @ 2:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 25 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 25 @ 8:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Jul
26
Fri
Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 26 @ 8:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Jul
27
Sat
Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 27 @ 2:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 27 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 27 @ 8:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Jul
28
Sun
Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 28 @ 2:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Jul
31
Wed
Becket, MA–A.I.M BY KYLE ABRAHAM Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 31 @ 8:00 pm

A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, Doris Duke Artist Award winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Kyle Abraham’s “skill as a dancer is a fact” (The New York Times). One of today’s most in-demand choreographers—recently the first black choreographer commissioned to create a work on New York City Ballet in over a decade—Abraham was born into hip-hop culture of the late 1970s and incorporates an artistic upbringing of classical cello, piano, and the visual arts into his work.

After embracing a different identity for his company, A.I.M makes its Ted Shawn Theatre debut performing a mixed repertory program that demonstrates the company’s diverse range of styles and Abraham’s own artistry as a performer with INDY, his first major solo in nearly a decade. A.I.M’s dynamic dancers perform Andrea Miller’s all-female state set to Reggie Wilkins’ hypnotic electronic score, as well as Show Pony, The Quiet Dance, and Drive, marked by Abraham’s “urgent and expressive choreography” (The New York Times).

 

Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 31 @ 8:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Aug
1
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–A.I.M BY KYLE ABRAHAM Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm

A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, Doris Duke Artist Award winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Kyle Abraham’s “skill as a dancer is a fact” (The New York Times). One of today’s most in-demand choreographers—recently the first black choreographer commissioned to create a work on New York City Ballet in over a decade—Abraham was born into hip-hop culture of the late 1970s and incorporates an artistic upbringing of classical cello, piano, and the visual arts into his work.

After embracing a different identity for his company, A.I.M makes its Ted Shawn Theatre debut performing a mixed repertory program that demonstrates the company’s diverse range of styles and Abraham’s own artistry as a performer with INDY, his first major solo in nearly a decade. A.I.M’s dynamic dancers perform Andrea Miller’s all-female state set to Reggie Wilkins’ hypnotic electronic score, as well as Show Pony, The Quiet Dance, and Drive, marked by Abraham’s “urgent and expressive choreography” (The New York Times).

 

Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 1 @ 8:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Aug
2
Fri
Becket, MA–A.I.M BY KYLE ABRAHAM Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm

A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, Doris Duke Artist Award winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Kyle Abraham’s “skill as a dancer is a fact” (The New York Times). One of today’s most in-demand choreographers—recently the first black choreographer commissioned to create a work on New York City Ballet in over a decade—Abraham was born into hip-hop culture of the late 1970s and incorporates an artistic upbringing of classical cello, piano, and the visual arts into his work.

After embracing a different identity for his company, A.I.M makes its Ted Shawn Theatre debut performing a mixed repertory program that demonstrates the company’s diverse range of styles and Abraham’s own artistry as a performer with INDY, his first major solo in nearly a decade. A.I.M’s dynamic dancers perform Andrea Miller’s all-female state set to Reggie Wilkins’ hypnotic electronic score, as well as Show Pony, The Quiet Dance, and Drive, marked by Abraham’s “urgent and expressive choreography” (The New York Times).

 

Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 2 @ 8:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Aug
3
Sat
Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 3 @ 2:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 3 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–A.I.M BY KYLE ABRAHAM Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 3 @ 8:00 pm

A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, Doris Duke Artist Award winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Kyle Abraham’s “skill as a dancer is a fact” (The New York Times). One of today’s most in-demand choreographers—recently the first black choreographer commissioned to create a work on New York City Ballet in over a decade—Abraham was born into hip-hop culture of the late 1970s and incorporates an artistic upbringing of classical cello, piano, and the visual arts into his work.

After embracing a different identity for his company, A.I.M makes its Ted Shawn Theatre debut performing a mixed repertory program that demonstrates the company’s diverse range of styles and Abraham’s own artistry as a performer with INDY, his first major solo in nearly a decade. A.I.M’s dynamic dancers perform Andrea Miller’s all-female state set to Reggie Wilkins’ hypnotic electronic score, as well as Show Pony, The Quiet Dance, and Drive, marked by Abraham’s “urgent and expressive choreography” (The New York Times).

 

Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 3 @ 8:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Aug
4
Sun
Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 4 @ 2:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Aug
7
Wed
Becket, MA– RED SKY PERFORMANCE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 7 @ 8:15 pm

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance makes their Doris Duke Theatre debut with the U.S. premiere of Trace, a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories.

“Magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail), the award-winning Red Sky Performance is led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and is dedicated to creating and elevating the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance informed by Indigenous culture and worldview. Trace features seven dancers and three musicians and was conceived and directed by Laronde alongside choreography by Associate Artist Jera Wolfe.

 

 

Aug
8
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 8 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA– RED SKY PERFORMANCE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 8 @ 8:15 pm

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance makes their Doris Duke Theatre debut with the U.S. premiere of Trace, a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories.

“Magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail), the award-winning Red Sky Performance is led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and is dedicated to creating and elevating the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance informed by Indigenous culture and worldview. Trace features seven dancers and three musicians and was conceived and directed by Laronde alongside choreography by Associate Artist Jera Wolfe.

 

 

Aug
9
Fri
Becket, MA– RED SKY PERFORMANCE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 9 @ 8:15 pm

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance makes their Doris Duke Theatre debut with the U.S. premiere of Trace, a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories.

“Magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail), the award-winning Red Sky Performance is led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and is dedicated to creating and elevating the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance informed by Indigenous culture and worldview. Trace features seven dancers and three musicians and was conceived and directed by Laronde alongside choreography by Associate Artist Jera Wolfe.

 

 

Aug
10
Sat
Becket, MA– RED SKY PERFORMANCE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 10 @ 2:15 pm

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance makes their Doris Duke Theatre debut with the U.S. premiere of Trace, a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories.

“Magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail), the award-winning Red Sky Performance is led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and is dedicated to creating and elevating the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance informed by Indigenous culture and worldview. Trace features seven dancers and three musicians and was conceived and directed by Laronde alongside choreography by Associate Artist Jera Wolfe.

 

 

Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 10 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA– RED SKY PERFORMANCE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 10 @ 8:15 pm

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance makes their Doris Duke Theatre debut with the U.S. premiere of Trace, a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories.

“Magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail), the award-winning Red Sky Performance is led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and is dedicated to creating and elevating the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance informed by Indigenous culture and worldview. Trace features seven dancers and three musicians and was conceived and directed by Laronde alongside choreography by Associate Artist Jera Wolfe.

 

 

Aug
11
Sun
Becket, MA– RED SKY PERFORMANCE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 11 @ 2:15 pm

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance makes their Doris Duke Theatre debut with the U.S. premiere of Trace, a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories.

“Magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail), the award-winning Red Sky Performance is led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and is dedicated to creating and elevating the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance informed by Indigenous culture and worldview. Trace features seven dancers and three musicians and was conceived and directed by Laronde alongside choreography by Associate Artist Jera Wolfe.

 

 

Aug
14
Wed
Becket, MA–MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 14 @ 8:00 pm

Imbued with the legacy of modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, this acclaimed American company returns to Jacob’s Pillow with The EVE Project, in celebration of female power and the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the 19th amendment. This two-year project presents a comprehensive range of Graham’s classics alongside new commissions by some of today’s leading female voices, providing entree into today’s most pressing conversations.

Featured works on the program include Graham’s iconic Appalachian Spring and all-female Chronicle, as well as a suite of Lamentation Variations and a new work by Sleep No More’s choreographer Maxine Doyle and former Batsheva Dance Company member Bobbi Jene Smith.

 

 

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Becket, MA–SARA MEARNS: BEYOND BALLET Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 14 @ 8:15 pm

New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is acclaimed as “a dancer who leaves everything she owns on the stage while realizing movement fully, all the way to her fingertips” (The New York Times). As the recipient of a Bessie Award for sustained achievement, Mearns has expanded notions about what it means to be a versatile dancer today.

In this Pillow-exclusive engagement, Mearns performs in multiple cross-genre collaborations including Pillow-commissioned No. 1, a duet with Honji Wang created under the artistic direction of Sébastien Ramirez of the French hip-hop duo Company Wang Ramirez; the world premiere of a new duet with postmodern dance’s Jodi Melnick, and others.

 

 

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Aug
15
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 15 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 15 @ 8:00 pm

Imbued with the legacy of modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, this acclaimed American company returns to Jacob’s Pillow with The EVE Project, in celebration of female power and the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the 19th amendment. This two-year project presents a comprehensive range of Graham’s classics alongside new commissions by some of today’s leading female voices, providing entree into today’s most pressing conversations.

Featured works on the program include Graham’s iconic Appalachian Spring and all-female Chronicle, as well as a suite of Lamentation Variations and a new work by Sleep No More’s choreographer Maxine Doyle and former Batsheva Dance Company member Bobbi Jene Smith.

 

 

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Becket, MA–SARA MEARNS: BEYOND BALLET Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 15 @ 8:15 pm

New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is acclaimed as “a dancer who leaves everything she owns on the stage while realizing movement fully, all the way to her fingertips” (The New York Times). As the recipient of a Bessie Award for sustained achievement, Mearns has expanded notions about what it means to be a versatile dancer today.

In this Pillow-exclusive engagement, Mearns performs in multiple cross-genre collaborations including Pillow-commissioned No. 1, a duet with Honji Wang created under the artistic direction of Sébastien Ramirez of the French hip-hop duo Company Wang Ramirez; the world premiere of a new duet with postmodern dance’s Jodi Melnick, and others.

 

 

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Aug
16
Fri
Becket, MA–MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm

Imbued with the legacy of modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, this acclaimed American company returns to Jacob’s Pillow with The EVE Project, in celebration of female power and the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the 19th amendment. This two-year project presents a comprehensive range of Graham’s classics alongside new commissions by some of today’s leading female voices, providing entree into today’s most pressing conversations.

Featured works on the program include Graham’s iconic Appalachian Spring and all-female Chronicle, as well as a suite of Lamentation Variations and a new work by Sleep No More’s choreographer Maxine Doyle and former Batsheva Dance Company member Bobbi Jene Smith.

 

 

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Becket, MA–SARA MEARNS: BEYOND BALLET Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 16 @ 8:15 pm

New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is acclaimed as “a dancer who leaves everything she owns on the stage while realizing movement fully, all the way to her fingertips” (The New York Times). As the recipient of a Bessie Award for sustained achievement, Mearns has expanded notions about what it means to be a versatile dancer today.

In this Pillow-exclusive engagement, Mearns performs in multiple cross-genre collaborations including Pillow-commissioned No. 1, a duet with Honji Wang created under the artistic direction of Sébastien Ramirez of the French hip-hop duo Company Wang Ramirez; the world premiere of a new duet with postmodern dance’s Jodi Melnick, and others.

 

 

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Aug
17
Sat
Becket, MA–SARA MEARNS: BEYOND BALLET Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 17 @ 2:15 pm

New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is acclaimed as “a dancer who leaves everything she owns on the stage while realizing movement fully, all the way to her fingertips” (The New York Times). As the recipient of a Bessie Award for sustained achievement, Mearns has expanded notions about what it means to be a versatile dancer today.

In this Pillow-exclusive engagement, Mearns performs in multiple cross-genre collaborations including Pillow-commissioned No. 1, a duet with Honji Wang created under the artistic direction of Sébastien Ramirez of the French hip-hop duo Company Wang Ramirez; the world premiere of a new duet with postmodern dance’s Jodi Melnick, and others.

 

 

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Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm

Imbued with the legacy of modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, this acclaimed American company returns to Jacob’s Pillow with The EVE Project, in celebration of female power and the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the 19th amendment. This two-year project presents a comprehensive range of Graham’s classics alongside new commissions by some of today’s leading female voices, providing entree into today’s most pressing conversations.

Featured works on the program include Graham’s iconic Appalachian Spring and all-female Chronicle, as well as a suite of Lamentation Variations and a new work by Sleep No More’s choreographer Maxine Doyle and former Batsheva Dance Company member Bobbi Jene Smith.

 

 

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Becket, MA–SARA MEARNS: BEYOND BALLET Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 17 @ 8:15 pm

New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is acclaimed as “a dancer who leaves everything she owns on the stage while realizing movement fully, all the way to her fingertips” (The New York Times). As the recipient of a Bessie Award for sustained achievement, Mearns has expanded notions about what it means to be a versatile dancer today.

In this Pillow-exclusive engagement, Mearns performs in multiple cross-genre collaborations including Pillow-commissioned No. 1, a duet with Honji Wang created under the artistic direction of Sébastien Ramirez of the French hip-hop duo Company Wang Ramirez; the world premiere of a new duet with postmodern dance’s Jodi Melnick, and others.

 

 

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Aug
18
Sun
Becket, MA–SARA MEARNS: BEYOND BALLET Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 18 @ 2:15 pm

New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is acclaimed as “a dancer who leaves everything she owns on the stage while realizing movement fully, all the way to her fingertips” (The New York Times). As the recipient of a Bessie Award for sustained achievement, Mearns has expanded notions about what it means to be a versatile dancer today.

In this Pillow-exclusive engagement, Mearns performs in multiple cross-genre collaborations including Pillow-commissioned No. 1, a duet with Honji Wang created under the artistic direction of Sébastien Ramirez of the French hip-hop duo Company Wang Ramirez; the world premiere of a new duet with postmodern dance’s Jodi Melnick, and others.

 

 

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Becket, MA–A BENEFIT DANCE PERFORMANCE FOR THE SCHOOL @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm

Directed by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Michelle Dorrance, this lively, heartfelt evening showcases choreography and improvisations created in just three weeks by dancers of the Tap Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

Participants of The School at Jacob’s Pillow experience daily, intensive studio work and perform weekly for Festival audiences. They participate in classes, rehearsals, and coaching sessions from master dance faculty 9am to 5pm, six days a week. All programs demand technical and performance skills, stamina, perseverance, risk-taking, and creative collaboration.

 

 

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Aug
21
Wed
Becket, MA–BOSTON BALLET Performance, FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 21 @ 8:00 pm

“Nothing less than brilliant” (The Boston Globe), Boston Ballet returns to Jacob’s Pillow for the first time in over a decade, performing work by choreographic and visual artist William Forsythe, currently in a five-year artistic partnership with the Company, classics by Russian choreographer Leonid Yakobson, and resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites.

Under the artistic directorship of Mikko Nissinen since 2001, Boston Ballet is recognized worldwide for repertoire that is “one of the most eclectic in the country” (The New York Times). As New England’s first professional ballet company with a Pillow history dating to the company’s infancy in 1962, Boston Ballet has mesmerized audiences for over five decades, presenting classical evening-length ballets as well as innovative contemporary works.

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