About

PillowTalk: Grand Union with Wendy Perron

Blake’s Barn | July 4

Remembered today as the “accidental anarchists of downtown dance,” this seminal 1970s performance group is chronicled in a new book by Wendy Perron, who will participate in a book signing after the talk.

PillowTalks are a curated series of entertaining and informative discussions with choreographers, writers, filmmakers, and cultural experts. Moderated by Pillow Scholars, PillowTalks provide an opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes insight into the field of dance. Hour-long PillowTalks take place on-site on Sundays at 3:30pm at Blake’s Barn (next to the Box Office), and are free and open to the public with advance registration. Recordings of online PillowTalks will be shared throughout the summer, premiering Fridays at 4pm.

The 2021 PillowTalk Series features conversations with Festival Artists like Ana Maria Alvarez, Artistic Director of CONTRA-TIEMPO, choreographer and founder of STREB Action Company, Elizabeth Streb; and former editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine Wendy Perron. For the first time, the PillowTalk Series will feature two exclusively online talks: one with MacArthur Fellows Saidiya Hartman and Okwui Okpokwasili; and another with South African artist William Kentridge.

Please scroll down for event dates and times. For easy reference to our summer onsite events only, download our printable onsite event calendar. To browse all upcoming events at Jacob’s Pillow, visit our Calendar page.


This is an in-person event. An online presentation of this event will be available to stream beginning July 16. If you are interested in booking a ticket for the online event, please click here.

Need help planning your visit? Use our FAQ guide for your summer planning.

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. Masks must be worn in The Norton Owen Reading Room regardless of vaccination status. 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

Oh no! You missed this one! Check our calendar for future events.

Onsite Event:
PillowTalk: Grand Union with Wendy Perron

At Blake's Barn: Jul 4