For more than 82 seasons, Jacob's Pillow has been faithfully committed to artist support and development through a variety of significant programs.
The Jacob's Pillow Creative Development Residency Program supports the development and rehearsal of new dance repertory. This program serves as a signature of the Pillow's artistic focus and underscores its support for the expansion of the art form, for artists and audiences. During Creative Development Residencies, choreographers and companies are invited to spend one to three weeks at the Pillow rehearsing or creating new work, with free housing for the company, unlimited use of studio space, and access to the Archives and other Pillow resources. In the beautiful, retreat-like atmosphere of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, these residencies are rare opportunities for artists to focus on the creative process without distraction. Following a stay of producing work with his company, choreographer Stephen Petronio observed, "Dancing at the Pillow was like being marooned in heaven."
Notable artists who have created work at the Pillow include Big Dance Theater, whose acclaimed piece, The Other Here, was finalized during a residency in 2006; Mark Morris Dance Group, who collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma on the film Falling Down Stairs; Zaccho Dance Theatre's site-specific Invisible Wings and the Kate Weare Company which performed the world premiere of Bridge of Sighs as part of the 2008 Festival.
The Creative Development Residency (CDR) Program gives artists the opportunity to focus on creating new work or re-staging important work in the idyllic environment of Jacob's Pillow.