Dorrance Dance Plays the Pillow

Henry J. Leir Outdoor Stage | June 30 – July 4


Celebrate July 4th week with a uniquely American dance form—a tap dance takeover with dance and live music from Michelle Dorrance, Josette Wiggan-Freund, Nicholas Van Young, special guests, and the remarkable dancers and musicians of Dorrance Dance.

On the Pillow’s outdoor Henry J. Leir stage, Dorrance Dance performs a world premiere full-company work by Nicholas Van Young with new original music by Dorrance Dance musicians. Developed during a COVID-compliant residency at the Pillow Lab this past winter, the work is inspired by this past year’s global experience of isolation and the concept of chaos and order. This piece is framed by a tantalizing excerpt from …Praise: The Inevitable Fruit of Gratitude, created by Josette Wiggan-Freund and features the music of jazz trumpeter extraordinaire Keyon Harrold. The phenomenal company dancers embark on a journey that explores a rhythmical expression of the innermost yearnings of gratitude and praise.

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This is an in-person event. An online presentation of this event will be available to stream July 15-29. If you are interested in booking a ticket for the online event, please click here.

The Henry J. Leir Stage is wheelchair accessible. Additional accessible features include vehicle drop-off, paved pathways to accessible seating, and stairs with handrails.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available for this performance.

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Please review our COVID-19 protocols for visits to Jacob’s Pillow. Masks are required if you are not fully vaccinated. Those who are vaccinated are not required to wear a mask while outdoors. 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

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Onsite Event:
Dorrance Dance Plays the Pillow (Leir Stage)

At Henry J. Leir Outdoor Stage: Jun 30 - Jul 4