Welcome to Festival 2016

A quirky, charming company from Germany, the explosive footwork of South American gauchos, inspiring ballet companies from across the U.S., astounding flex dancers from the streets of Brooklyn, and twelve high-flying men from Algeria. Plus, more live music than ever before.

 

This summer, the world of dance is at Jacob’s Pillow.

 

Ticketed Performances

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Jun 22-26

This vibrant, versatile contemporary ballet company is an audience favorite. They open our 2016 season with an East Coast premiere by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, and more.

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Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe

Jun 22-26

Captivating dancers and musicians immerse audiences in an extraordinary world of traditional flamenco dance and powerful live music.

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Che Malambo

Jun 29-Jul 3

Fast-paced footwork, explosive drumming, whirling lasso boleadoras--this thrilling display of dance and music celebrates the unique traditions of the South American cowboy.

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Bereishit Dance Company

Jun 29-Jul 3

In their Pillow debut, this contemporary dance company from Seoul, South Korea merges the control and full-body excitement of break dance with sleek artistry and urban cool.

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GAUTHIER DANCE // DANCE COMPANY THEATERHAUS STUTTGART

Jul 6-10

Back after a sold-out engagement last season, Gauthier Dance brings its signature wit, charm, and top-notch contemporary choreography.

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And Still You Must Swing

Jul 6-10

Three of the world's most influential ambassadors of tap come together in a show that captures the heart and legacy of tap dance. Don't miss this rhythmic feast.

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Jul 13-17

Chicago-based with a world-class reputation, Hubbard Street brings exquisite dancers and breathtaking contemporary works, including Solo Echo by Jacob's Pillow Dance Award-winner Crystal Pite.

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HUBBARD STREET 2 IN MARIKO’S MAGICAL MIX: A DANCE ADVENTURE

Jul 13-17

In this joyful, imaginative, family-friendly show, a restless girl finds inspiration in her mother's vinyl records. For ages 5 and up, and the young at heart.

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BalletX

Jul 20-24

Philadelphia's premier contemporary ballet company performs a beautiful and intensely emotional narrative ballet created by choreographer Matthew Neenan and composer Rosie Langabeer.

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ZviDance

Jul 20-24

Israeli-born choreographer Zvi Gotheiner brings Escher/Bacon/Rothko, full of passionate vision, versatile choreography, and lush movement.

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"Some of a Thousand Words"

Jul 27-31

Choreographer Brian Brooks and former New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan return with new dances, full of elegance and electricity, accompanied by the remarkable music of Brooklyn Rider.

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Arias Company

Jul 27-31

A veteran of high-profile dance companies like Crystal Pite's Kidd Pivot and Nederlands Dans Theater, Bryan Arias premieres and stars in a rather lovely thing.

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Compagnie Hervé KOUBI

Aug 3-7

In their Pillow debut, 12 outstanding men from Algeria and Burkina Faso deliver a jaw-dropping performance packed with backflips, head spins, and a transcending emotional intensity.

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New York Theatre Ballet

Aug 3-7

This bright and intriguing chamber ballet company presents a 1937 masterpiece by Antony Tudor and a new contemporary work set to a score by Philip Glass, performed live by the NYU steel drum ensemble.

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Dorrance Dance

Aug 10-14

Michelle Dorrance returns with collaborator and musician Nicholas Van Young and Dorrance Dance, her company of virtuosic tap dance artists and musicians.

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Monument by Adam H. Weinert

Aug 10-14

Fueled by his passion and research involving Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers, Adam Weinert and his dancers recreate classic works and combine them with original contemporary choreography.

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Flexn

Aug 17-20

FLEXN is a visionary production that combines raw personal narrative with flex--an electrifying street dance characterized by gliding, contortion, and more--to explore complicated social justice issues.

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Pam Tanowitz Dance

Aug 17-21

A company celebrated for its wit, sharp energy and unpredictable rhythms performs with New York City-based ensemble FLUX Quartet.

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THE SCHOOL AT JACOB’S PILLOW PRESENTS: A JAZZ HAPPENING

Aug 21

A one-night-only performance featuring the multi-talented dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow's Musical Theatre Dance Program, directed by Broadway veteran Chet Walker. Live music!

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Pacific Northwest Ballet

Aug 24-28

The powerhouse ballet company returns from Seattle with bright steps, brilliant pointe work, and a world premiere commission by prolific choreographer Jessica Lang.

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Souleymane Badolo

Aug 24-28

Deeply personal and full of intimate gesture and bursts of energy, his contemporary work Yimbégré is strongly grounded in African traditions.

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Explore More at the Pillow

Ticketed performances are only part of the excitement. Each summer, the Festival features more than 200 free performances, talks, exhibits, tours, classes, and more. Visitors can explore the National Historic Landmark grounds, visit The School at Jacob’s Pillow, picnic and dine at our on-site restaurants, and more.

We can’t wait to see you this summer.