Jacob's Pillow Announces 80th Anniversary Season


JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 80TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK, NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS HONOREE,
AND AMERICA'S LONGEST-RUNNING DANCE FESTIVAL
CELEBRATES EIGHT DECADES OF DANCE

PERFORMANCES FROM AUSTRALIA, CHINA, FRANCE, FINLAND, AND BEYOND
300+ TALKS, PERFORMANCES, EXHIBITS & ONE-TIME ONLY EVENTS

PLUS THE RELEASE OF FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY NEVER STAND STILL

December 19, 2011 - (Becket, Mass.) January 2012 will kick off the momentous 80th Anniversary of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, a National Historic Landmark, National Medal of Arts honoree, and America's longest-running international dance festival. Founded in 1933 by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn as a retreat for his company of Men Dancers, Jacob's Pillow has been a mecca of dance for eight decades. Nestled in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, "the Pillow" is acclaimed for its rich history, unique and beautiful location and atmosphere, and forward-thinking international programming of the highest quality. The international celebration of dance, music, the visual arts, and culture begins June 16 with the 80th Anniversary Season Opening Gala and continues through August 26.

The 80th Anniversary Season includes an impressive blend of world premieres, U.S. premieres, live music, company debuts, legendary dance companies, emerging choreographers, and more than 300 ticketed and free events, talks, performances, classes, exhibits, and tours hosted at the Pillow's 163-acre National Historic Landmark site.

Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff comments, "The 80th Anniversary Season celebrates Jacob's Pillow's history-making contributions to dance over eight decades, beginning with early 20th century pioneers Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, and the Men Dancers. This year's Festival also affirms the Pillow's steadfast commitment to new and important dance-makers and performers, as well as unique presentations that give artists and audiences opportunities to discover new things about dance. There is no other place like Jacob's Pillow; it is truly unique. It is a destination - a nexus for dance that generates inspiration and is enjoyed by people from all over the world as well as right down the road. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this year's particularly special Festival."

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