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Life Encounters: Archie Burnett

Henry J. Leir Outdoor Stage | July 28 – August 1

Directed by the legendary Archie Burnett, first Father of the New York-based House of Ninja, Life Encounters invites audiences to witness the evolution of New York City underground dance histories by way of Burnett’s most cherished personal memories. From long nights spent at NYC’s iconic underground dance party The Loft to developing kinships with the Hustle, Waacking, Vogue, and post-modern dance communities, Burnett and a dynamic cast of guest artists—Abdiel Jacobsen, Princess Lockeroo, Ephrat Asherie, and more—embody the adage that there is nothing quite like a life well-danced. A leading figure in the social and street dance scene for over 45 years, Burnett co-directed the Street & Club Dances program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow last summer, and has performed at Danspace, 92nd Street Y, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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This is an in-person event. An online presentation of this event will be available to stream August 12-26. If you are interested in booking a ticket for the online event, please click here.

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Please review our COVID-19 protocols for visits to Jacob’s Pillow. All patrons are required to wear masks on-site. Patrons are only permitted to enter campus with a completed copy of our pre-provided Health Questionnaire and a ticket to at least one event occurring on the day of their visit. All events at Jacob’s Pillow this summer will be held outside or in outdoor tents. Performances and PillowTalks are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. We value your safety; thank you for helping us to produce our festival responsibly.

Event Dates
Wednesday, Jul 28

2:00 PM

Wednesday, Jul 28

6:00 PM

Thursday, Jul 29

2:00 PM

Thursday, Jul 29

6:00 PM

Friday, Jul 30

2:00 PM

Friday, Jul 30

6:00 PM

Saturday, Jul 31

2:00 PM

Saturday, Jul 31

6:00 PM

Sunday, Aug 1

2:00 PM

Onsite Event:
Life Encounters: Archie Burnett
(Leir Stage)

At Henry J. Leir Outdoor Stage: Jul 28 - Aug 1