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. 


UPCOMING

Preserving Balanchine On Video
Nancy Reynolds conceived a wide-reaching program to preserve the choreography of George Balanchine on video with coaching sessions by original cast members, and here she shares excerpts from these unique films.  Fri, July 31, 5pm  

Irina Baronova & The Ballets Russes De Monte Carlo
Tracing her mother's roots from Imperial Russia to the ballet, Broadway, and Hollywood, with a notable summer at Jacob's Pillow, actress/author Victoria Tennant discusses and signs her lavish new book.  Sat, Aug 1, 4pm

Blake's Barn's Best: Pillowtalks
Nearly two decades of fascinating discussions will be sampled and celebrated by resident scholars, featuring video clips of Twyla Tharp, Peter Yarrow, Jacques d'Amboise, Rachel Maddow, and many others.  Fri, Aug 7, 5pm

It's Happening in Havana
The new Cuban company Malpaso represents a collaborative experiment in contemporary dancemaking, and co-founder Fernando Sáez talks about the challenges and the triumphs of this exciting troupe's first three years.  Sat, Aug 8, 4pm

Frederick Ashton Today
The Sarasota Ballet has made a specialty of presenting little-known works by Sir Frederick Ashton, and biographer David Vaughan talks about Ashton's legacy and its unlikely new Florida home.  Fri, Aug 14, 5pm

Capturing Grace
David Leventhal and John Heginbotham--both former Mark Morris dancers and Pillow Alumni--work with Parkinson's patients in this inspiring film, demonstrating art's power to transform and to heal.  Sat, Aug 15, 4pm

Benjamin Millepied: Dancing Is Living
This French documentary shows LA Dance Project's charismatic director at work in the studio, hanging out with Lil Buck, and discussing his future plans in both Los Angeles and Paris.  Fri, Aug 21, 5pm

Award-Winning Liz Gerring
Choreographer Liz Gerring talks about her approach to non-narrative movement and the emphasis on cause and effect rather than storytelling in her distinctive work.  Sat, Aug 22, 4pm

Dance As Museum Piece?
While Adam Weinert has been performing Ted Shawn's work at MOMA and the Tate, Martha Graham company director Janet Eilber resists her troupe's becoming a museum; here they compare experiences.  Fri, Aug 28, 5pm

Rediscovering Film Treasures
A rare film recently discovered in an Australian archive features a lost 1920s Ted Shawn dance with Martha Graham, premiering here with commentary from Shawn biographer Paul Scolieri.  Sat, Aug 29, 4pm


PAST

Al Hirschfeld's Dance Lines
A new book and current exhibition at the New-York Historical Society celebrates the artistry of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, and curator/author David Leopold shows and discusses Hirschfeld's most notable dance images. 

Another Telepathic Thing
Filmmaker Jonathan Demme has dipped his toe into the dance world to document Big Dance Theatre's Another Telepathic Thing, and Annie-B Parson hosts this screening to discuss the results.  

Blake's Barn's Best: Exhibitions
Complementing this year's retrospective in greater depth, exhibition videos and themes are explored by resident curator Norton Owen, sharing previously-untold stories, behind-the-scenes challenges, and triumphs from the past twenty years. 

Dancing Online
Choreographer Lucinda Childs has a new website celebrating her iconic early works, while Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive has been completely redesigned, and Childs participates in this demonstration of both projects.

Every Little Movement
A key influence on Pillow founder Ted Shawn was the 19th-century French movement theorist François Delsarte, and his principles are explored here by California-based dance writer Sasha Anawalt.

Gateway To Freedom
In this Lift Ev'ry Voice event celebrating the Pillow's notable past, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner discusses and signs his latest book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad 

Kyle Froman: Dancer To Photographer
Featured in an exclusive Pillow exhibit this season, Kyle Froman's photographs reveal his years of specialized access as a New York City Ballet dancer, now branching out to theater, fashion, and publications.  

Mia, A Dancer's Journey
Maria Ramas introduces her documentary on celebrated Ballets Russes ballerina Mia Slavenska, fulfilling a promise to tell her mother's story.  Co-directed by Kate Johnson, this moving film features rare Pillow footage. 

Shall We Dance?
Faculty from the current Social Dances Program in The School at Jacob's Pillow share their extensive knowledge of everything from authentic jazz to hip-hop, offering insight into dances of today.

Where Women Don't Dance
Berlin-born Turkish choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin defies cultural expectations in her career choice, and filmmaker Nel Shelby explores the conflicts in this half-hour documentary, mirroring the intercultural differences seen in Monchichi.

Free PillowTalks Schedule

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



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