PillowTalks are a curated series of entertaining and informative discussions with choreographers, writers, filmmakers, and cultural experts. Moderated by Pillow Scholars, PillowTalks provide an excellent opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes insight.

Hour-long PillowTalks are held Fridays at 5pm and Saturdays at 4pm in Blake's Barn (next to the Box Office), and are free and open to the public.


The Denishawn Centennial
Friday, August 22 at 5pm
Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn were married exactly 100 years ago this month, and this presentation examines their unusual partnership and the anniversary celebration held here fifty years ago. Rare film clips will be screened and author Elizabeth Kendall (Where She Danced) joins the conversation.

Gotta Dance Onscreen
Saturday, August 23 at 4pm
Film historian Robert Osborne, the beloved host of Turner Classic Movies, makes a special appearance in conjunction with the current exhibit, GOTTA DANCE! Surrounded by dozens of posters advertising movies from the golden age of Hollywood musicals, Osborne shares some of his favorites in this program of vintage film clips celebrating some of the greatest screen dancers of all time.


The Evolution of Institutions 
Friday, June 20 at 5pm 
This summer's grand reopening of an expanded Clark Art Institute offers an opportunity for Director Michael Conforti to sit down with the Pillow's Ella Baff to discuss how their institutions have evolved. 

Carmen & Geoffrey 
Saturday, June 21 at 4pm 
The one-and-only Carmen de Lavallade makes a special personal appearance following this screening of a stellar documentary about her life and career alongside artist/director husband Geoffrey Holder. Extended 90-minute program 

Gotta Collect! 
Friday, June 27 at 5pm 
Mike Kaplan, award-winning poster art director (A Clockwork Orange) and producer (The Whales of August) talks about poster design and his monumental collection highlighted in GOTTA DANCE!, an exclusive Blake's Barn exhibition. 

Trey McIntyre's Best Moves 
Saturday, June 28 at 4pm 
In this final week of performances by the Trey McIntyre Project, a panel of friends and fans pay homage and show clips from some of their favorite McIntyre dances. 

Dancing Fourth at the Pillow 
Friday, July 4 at 5pm 
Jacob's Pillow celebrates Independence Day with dance of all kinds. Themed video highlights and special memories from years past help illustrate that every day is a holiday at the Pillow. 

Tap or Die 
Saturday, July 5 at 4pm
Loaded with terrific dance sequences, this documentary film focuses on both the triumphs and challenges faced by today's tap artists, followed by a conversation with filmmaker Jaclyn Paré. Extended 90-minute program 

Talking About Dance 
Friday, July 11 at 5pm 
Ever-increasing audiences nationwide are attending public talks to enhance their performance experiences, and here a dynamic panel discusses this trend and how it manifests itself at the Pillow. 

Black Ballerinas: What's New 
Saturday, July 12 at 4pm 
Misty Copeland has written a book about her life as American Ballet Theatre's only black soloist, while Virginia Johnson now directs Dance Theatre of Harlem. Here they discuss achievements and challenges. 

Legacies of Robbins and Balanchine 
Friday, July 18 at 5pm 
Commemorating this week's performances of Fancy Free--the first Jerome Robbins ballet to be performed here since 1949--Ellen Sorrin discusses her role in safeguarding the legacies of both Robbins and George Balanchine.

Afternoon of a Faun 
Saturday, July 19 at 4pm 
Nancy Buirski introduces a screening of her poetic new film on Tanaquil LeClercq, the iconic Balanchine ballerina who was struck by polio at the height of her fame, featuring rare Pillow footage. Extended 90-minute program 

Mark Morris on Music 
Friday, July 25 at 5pm 
Critics often single out Mark Morris for his musicality, and this conversation with the choreographer himself delves into his musical influences and his working relationships with both dancers and musicians. 

A Chat with Chet 
Saturday, July 26 at 4pm 
Celebrating fifteen years as director of the Pillow's Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program, Broadway choreographer Chet Walker (PippinFosse) talks about his busy professional life and working with young dancers.

How to Like an Angel 
Friday, August 1 at 5pm 
This unusual film combines the daredevil physicality of CIRCA with a live performance of baroque music in the breathtaking beauty of several historic English cathedrals, introduced by one of the performers. 

Chalk & Soot: Composing & Choreographing 
Saturday, August 2 at 4pm 
Choreographer John Heginbotham and composer Colin Jacobsen premiere a new work this week, and here they discuss their inspirations, their working process, and the journey thus far. 

Through the Eyes of a Dancer 
Friday, August 8 at 5pm 
Dance Magazine Editor-at-Large Wendy Perron writes from an insider's perspective, as a dancer and choreographer with an unusually varied career which she reveals in a fascinating new collection of essays. 

Creating Stardust 
Saturday, August 9 at 4pm 
The writer, director, and choreographer of a new dance about an African American gay urban teenager, David Roussève talks about the evolving nature of intimacy in our technology-driven world. 

How to Structure Dance
Friday, August 15 at 5pm 
Just as a dramaturg helps shape theater productions in often mysterious ways, a similar role is emerging in dance, as Anne Davison proves in her work with Doug Elkins

Painting Cunningham 
Saturday, August 16 at 4pm 
Kenneth E. Parris III discusses his evocative paintings inspired by the backstage life of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's final tour, now on view in the Doris Duke Theatre Lobby


Fridays 5pm, Saturdays 4pm during the Festival
Located in Blake's Barn, FREE

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