September 29, 2017 – (Becket, MA) After celebrating its record-breaking 85th Anniversary Season, Jacob’s Pillow announces new, expanded fall, winter, and spring programming as a main component of Vision ‘22, a strategic approach to the Pillow’s transformation into a year-round center for dance research and development and a civic partner in our region. Highlights include the launch of the Pillow Lab and the In Process Series, a robust series of 12 customized artist residencies open to an intimate, invited audience; year-round events consisting of convenings, social dances, Pillow Pop-Up performances, and community programming; and co-presentations with Berkshire County cultural partners including the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College.
Programming additions reflect interviews that Jacob’s Pillow conducted among a diverse group of 36 choreographers living and working in the United States. A field-wide scan was conducted to examine existing and developing choreographic residency programs at peer institutions to inform how the Pillow Lab fits within the overall national dance ecology with a distinctive mission, vision, goal, and approach. The community engagement strategy has emerged from community fora and one-on-one meetings with community partners where the Pillow staff and Trustees have listened to what the needs of its region are.
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