Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2022

Dance Heginbotham

Henry J. Leir Stage | August 10–14
Celebrated for its vibrant athleticism, humor, theatricality, and commitment to collaboration, Dance Heginbotham, led by Artistic Director John Heginbotham is celebrating its 10th Anniversary having established itself as one of the most adventurous companies on the contemporary dance scene.

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Dance Heginbotham; photo Amber Star Merkens

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Ted Shawn Theatre | August 10–14
Founded in 1977 by dancer and choreographer Lou Conte, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s mission is to bring artists, art and audiences together to enrich, engage, educate and change lives through the experience of dance. The New York Times wrote that Hubbard Street Dance Chicago “ought to bottle itself as a cure for the ills of the era.”

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Kevin J. Shannon, Alyssa Allen, Alysia Johnson, and Andrew Murdock of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 'JARDI TANCAT' by Nacho Duato; Photo Michelle Reid

Liz Lerman

Festival Tent | August 10–13
Witches, trials, and exhibitions fly around in Liz Lerman’s new acclaimed evening-length dance-theater piece, Wicked Bodies. Liz and the unusual cast of performers have been exploring how our bodies become sources of evil and power – from fairy tales to government policies. The multidisciplinary piece is designed specifically for a unique setting at Jacob’s Pillow.

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'Wicked Bodies' by Liz Lerman; photo Brennan Spark Photography

Vanessa Sanchez & La Mezcla

Henry J. Leir Stage | August 17
La Mezcla is a polyrhythmic, multidisciplinary San Francisco-based dance and music ensemble rooted in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous traditions and social justice. Founded in 2014 by Dance/USA Artist Fellow Vanessa Sanchez, the grassroots group brings together Tap, Son Jarocho, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms to share the often unseen histories and experiences of communities of color on stages, streets, and fields.

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La Mezcla; photo Beth LeBarge

Cleo Parker Robinson
Dance Ensemble

Ted Shawn Theatre | August 17–21
Founded by master teacher, choreographer, and cultural ambassador Cleo Parker Robinson in 1970, this Denver-based distinguished modern dance company is renowned for a dynamic body of work inspired by the African American experience and rooted in dance forms and traditions worldwide.

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Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble; photo Jerry Metellus

Explore The Pillow

Intent on legitimizing dance in America as an honorable career for men, choreographer and dancer Ted Shawn founded Jacob’s Pillow in 1931.

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“Thousands of people, of all ages, from across the United States and the world, have Jacob’s Pillow to thank for opening their horizons to dance.”

awarding Jacob’s Pillow with a 2010 National Medal of Arts

Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers in Dance of the Ages, 1938; Photo Shapiro Studios

Dance With Us On Social

Three dancers are mid-leap on an outdoor stage.
A shirtless dancer wearing a bucket hat entwines his arms over his head against a black background. Other dancers are visible behind him.
A small red-haired girl holds a flower with her back to the camera. A smiling woman is looking down at her and smiling.
Two female dancers are in front of the Ted Shawn Theatre. The dancer on the left stands smiling at the camera and the dancer on the right is mid-leap with her arms extended back and leg extended forward.
Two ballet dancers pose outdoors with trees visible behind them. The female dancer on the left wears white and leans her torso and head towards the camera, while the male dancer wearing red on her right supports her.
Two men stand in front with their arms around each other in front of a red barn.
Two men stand in front with their arms around each other in front of a red barn.
A male breakdancer holds himself up on his forearms with his legs in the air on an indoor stage. An audience is visible in the background.