Performing as a Part of the Inside/Out Series 

Thank you for your interest in performing as a part of the Inside/Out Series at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. We are interested in presenting all dance forms and genres, including culturally-specific dance forms and dance-theater in addition to classical and contemporary choreography. Additionally, we accept applications that contain an audience engagement element, work-in progress proposal, or educational component.

Artists appear as a part of the Inside/Out Series by invitation from Ariana Brawley, Program Manager. Artists may apply to perform in the Series by carefully reading the below information and submitting an application and video of their work here.

The 2016 Festival will take place June 22-August 28 Inside/Out performances occur every Weds, Thurs, Fri, and Saturday evening during the Festival. 

The deadline to apply to perform as a part of the Inside/Out Series is October 31, 2015.

The Venue
Performances take place at The Marcia and Seymour Simon Performance Space on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage. Both the audience and performers are surrounded by nature and the stunning backdrop of the Berkshire Hills.

Performances are free and open to the public. They are geared toward exposing audiences to dance in an informal way, giving all people, regardless of their financial means, the opportunity to experience a wide variety of dance. The audience is seated on low wooden benches. The audience includes both experienced dance-goers who attend the Festival on a regular basis as well as newcomers to dance. Inside/Out attracts a multi-generational audience from children to teens, young professionals, families, and elders. All programming must be family-friendly. The venue capacity is approximately 1,000.

Please remember that both the content and production needs of your presentation must be appropriate for a free outdoor venue with sound only. There are no lights, wings or other staging, and the performance moves indoors in the event of rain.

The Stage
The stage is 40' wide by 36' deep, with a slight rake. The dance floor is an Aerodeck Sprung Panel floor covered with Harlequin white cascade marley. There is a dressing area underneath the stage, out of view of the audience. The stage is lit only by the natural light of the outdoors. There is an excellent sound system. There are no wings, curtains, lights, or masking. Two crew members coordinate all technical needs and run sound during the performance. Please click here for complete technical specifications.

Performance Schedule and Duration
Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights throughout the Festival. Dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow perform on Saturday nights.

Performances begin at 6:15pm and end at 7:00pm. The performance program is no longer than 35 minutes, including any pauses or costume changes that may be required.

The performance is immediately followed by a brief moderated question and answer session with the audience.

In the event of rain or threatening weather conditions, Inside/Out moves indoors to the Ruth St. Denis studio, approximately 35' wide x 25' deep. The performance is also simulcast to another studio on site.

Inside/Out artists receive a small honorarium, meals in the Stone Dining Room (our resident cafeteria) and, when available, tickets to either a Ted Shawn Theatre or Doris Duke Theatre performance. Jacob's Pillow does not provide transportation or housing.

Documentation and Crediting
All Inside/Out performances are videotaped, and most are photographed, and become part of the Jacob's Pillow Archives. Artists receive a complimentary video of their performance to use for not-for-profit promotional purposes.

The following credit is required on the video and in all public materials of any kind:
The Inside/Out Series at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2016 Festival has passed. If you have questions regarding the application process please email us at the email listed below. 

Each year, we receive an overwhelming volume of highly qualified applicants. For this reason, we ask for no phone calls please. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged via email. Invitations to perform will be sent by February 1. The Series line-up will be announced publicly in April. 

Thank you for your interest in performing at Jacob's Pillow.

Inside/Out Participants & Artist Submissions

The application deadline for the 2016 Festival has passed.

The Inside/Out Series line-up will be announced publicly in April.

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