Cast Party attendees watch as 2009 hip-hop program students tear up the dance floor
As this edition of PillowPages attests, there is a terrific array of special events on the horizon this summer.
From our Season Opening Gala to A Jazz Happening, and every Cast Party and Alumni gathering in between, the Pillow's special events put the festive in Festival by bringing together artists, students, Members and Alumni for mixing, mingling, and always, dancing!
Read on to learn more about what's in store, and email our Events Coordinator Gwen at the email address below (scroll to bottom) or 413.243.9919 x126 to RSVP to any of our upcoming special events.
Members Only Event
New York Export: Opus Jazz
plus, preview Lois Greenfield: Imagined Moments
Sunday, June 13
FREE to Pillow Members
The Special Events season gets underway with a film screening of New York Export: Opus Jazz, a remake of the Jerome Robbins classic produced and performed by current members of the New York City Ballet--including Sean Suozzi who is interviewed in this edition of PillowPages. Following the screening, Members are invited to preview Lois Greenfield: Imagined Moments a new photography exhibit in Blake's Barn, and meet the celebrated photographer and award-winning filmmakers at an exclusive reception.
Season Opening Gala
Saturday, June 19
Our Season Opening Gala will provide a dazzling start to our season with a spectacular performance featuring ballet great Nina Ananiashvili; rising star Monica Bill Barnes; soulful powerhouse Camille A. Brown; extraordinary performer and choreographer Kyle Abraham; and the much anticipated performance of a new ballet by Karole Armitage performed by dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow. The evening also includes a sumptuous dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing under a tent on the Great Lawn.
Weekly Cast Parties
Saturdays, June 26 - August 28
Following the 8pm performance
Cast Parties happen every Saturday evening after the performance in the Ted Shawn Theatre, and there is no better place to feel the energy and vibe of the Festival. Whether or not you are attending a show on a Saturday night, please let us know if you'd like to attend a Cast Party. We would love for you and your guests to join. Starting at the Supporter level, Members and their guests, and all Alumni are invited to attend at least one Cast Party a year. Ted Shawn Circle Members are welcome to all ten.
Let's Dance! at the Pillow
Sunday, July 4, 10am-1pm
FREE, Everyone Welcome
A new community event featuring performances, dance workshops for teens and adults, music, food, drink, and more! Free and open to the public.
Saturday, July 17
FREE to all Alumni
The Pillow is honored to have hundreds of alumni from all generations, all corners of the world, and working in every aspect inside and outside of the dance field. Alumni Day is the opportunity to bring these interesting and talented individuals together to meet and reunite. This year's Alumni Day will include a PillowTalk about Joseph Pilates and his association with Jacob's Pillow. We hope you will join us to learn more about the man who devoted his life to physical conditioning--especially if you have your own memories of Pilates to share. Armitage Gone! and Pichet Klunchun will perform over the Alumni Day weekend.
Ted Shawn Circle Dinner
Friday, July 23
Tickets available for TSC Members and guests
Ted Shawn Circle Members will receive a formal invitation to this elegant evening under a tent on the Great Lawn. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will be performing in the Ted Shawn Theatre this night and Jacoby & Pronk will be in the Doris Duke Theatre. Tickets to these performances should be purchased separately. Call the TSC Ticket Concierge at 413.243.9919 x125 to make arrangements.
Friday, August 13
FREE to Pillow Members
Sure to be a rollicking good time, the second Members-only event of the season will feature the men of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The day also offers special discounts to Members at the Pillow Store, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow Pillow Members.
A Jazz Happening
Sunday, August 22
Each August the Pillow gathers together some of Broadway's biggest stars for A Jazz Happening. This annual fundraiser for The School at Jacob's Pillow puts talented young artists attending The School on stage with veterans of Broadway for a thrilling revue of song and dance. Gold ticket buyers are invited to a post-show dessert reception with the performers to mingle with today's and tomorrow's stars of the Broadway stage.
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