Ted Shawn Theatre; photo Christopher Duggan

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Join us this summer for Festival 2020 from June 24-August 30! Ticketed performances are only part of the excitement. Each summer, the Festival features more than 350 free performances, talks & tours, exhibits, community events, classes, special and members-only events, and more.

Ticketed Performances

Watch ticketed performances featuring dance artists from around the globe. See elegant ballet, innovative contemporary dance, virtuosic tap, and other dance forms in the Ted Shawn and Doris Duke Theatres.

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Inside/Out Performance Series

The backdrop to your summer! Inside/Out performances are free and open to the public. Audiences gather here to meet new people and enjoy the art of dance as a community. The annual line-up features a variety of styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz/musical theatre dance, hip-hop, flamenco, traditional Korean dance, India’s Bharata Natyam, and many other genres.

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Off-site Pillow Pop-Up Performances

Watch dance performances, experience residencies, and engage in talks presented by Jacob's Pillow throughout Berkshire County. All events are FREE, family-friendly, and open to the public. Check out where we might be popping up!

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Special Events

Each Festival brings a number of special events. Join us for our Season Opening Gala with performances by guest artists, a cocktail party, auctions, and dinner & dancing under the stars; GOTTA DANCE, a one-night-only performance featuring the multi-talented dancers of The School's Tap Program; an epic dance battle, dance parties, and plenty more throughout the Festival!

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Community Events

The Pillow offers many fun and engaging community events each Festival ranging from special days that feature local Berkshire County dance groups and family-friendly actives to the Massachusetts-wide Free Fun Friday.

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Talks with Pillow Scholars

The Pillow offers a range of scholar-led talks throughout the Festival. Gain deeper insight into performance with brief Pre-Show Talks before taking your seat in the theatre or stay for a Post-Show Talk with company artists or artistic directors after the final bow. PillowTalks offer an opportunity to interact with artists and experts in the field at free in-depth discussions, moderated interviews, film screenings, and book signings in Blake's Barn every Friday and Saturday.

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Diverse exhibits feature outstanding dance imagery in a variety of exhibition spaces and theater lobbies. All exhibits are curated with the intent to augment performances and celebrate the Pillow’s rich history, and are open to the public throughout the Festival. Past exhibits have included works by Lois Greenfield, Annie Leibovitz, Al Hirschfeld, Festival Photographer Christopher Duggan, Ivan Chermayeff, and John Van Lund, to name only a few.

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Guided Tours

The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley's African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow's beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns.

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Community Dance Classes

Dance with us throughout the summer in classes for all experience levels! Master Classes with Festival artists, Families Dance Together, daily Morning Classes, Special Workshops, and more.

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Visit The School

The public, group visitors, and Jacob’s Pillow members, supporters, and School Sponsors are welcome to observe classes and rehearsals in the Perles Family Studio. Please also join us as an audience member, free of charge, at The School’s showings held Saturdays at Inside/Out!

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Member-Only Events

Jacob's Pillow Members enjoy the best the Pillow has to offer. Mingle with dance artists and choreographers at exclusive Members-only events, watch the artistic process unfold during private rehearsals with Festival companies, and preview exciting exhibits before they open to the public!

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