Jacob's Pillow
Dance Festival 2023

Join us next summer for Festival 2023 from June 28-August 27.

Each summer, the Festival features performances in Ted Shawn Theatre, the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage, and site-specific works all around campus, along with workshops, exhibits, Talks, community and member events, performances across Berkshire County, and more! Visitors can explore the National Historic Landmark grounds, visit The School at Jacob’s Pillow, picnic on the grounds or dine at our on-site restaurants.

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Jacob’s Pillow acknowledges that it rests on the ancestral homelands of the Muh-he-con-ne-ok or Mohican people, who are the Indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today, their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.

Festival Performances

Watch ticketed performances featuring dance artists from around the globe. See elegant ballet, innovative contemporary dance, virtuosic tap, groundbreaking hip-hop, and other dance forms in the Ted Shawn Theatre, on the Henry J. Leir Outdoor Stage, and across the Pillow Campus.

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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.

Watch past PillowTalks online

Exhibits

Diverse exhibits feature outstanding dance imagery in a variety of exhibition spaces. 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 celebrated the work of Lois Greenfield, Annie Leibovitz, Al Hirschfeld, Festival Photographer Christopher Duggan, Jules Feiffer, and John Lindquist, to name only a few.

Morning Classes & Workshops

During the summer, take a variety of in-person dance and movement opportunities open to participants of all experience levels, including beginners, through our Morning Class & Workshop with Festival Artists Series.

Community Events

Events for our community take place each Festival season, ranging from special days that feature local dance groups and family-friendly activities to workshops and pop-up performances across Berkshire County.

Special Events

Each Festival brings a number of special events. Join us for our Season Opening Gala on June 24, 2023, with performances by guest artists, a cocktail party, auctions, dinner, and dancing under the stars; an epic dance battle, dance parties, and plenty more throughout the Festival.

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, or gain access to the hidden treasures of our extensive dance archives and newly renovated Ted Shawn Theatre.

Observe The School at Jacob's Pillow

The public is invited to observe classes and rehearsals of The School at Jacob’s Pillow on weekdays as dancers work with world-renowned Artist Faculty. Observers also include company directors, School supporters, and visiting groups.

Ted Shawn Theatre; photo David Dashiell

Be a Part of the Pillow Family

Jacob’s Pillow Members enjoy the best there is to offer in dance—from renowned and new companies on our stages and on your screens to intimate conversations and Q&As with dancers and leaders in the field of dance, and much more. Members support the Pillow’s performance spaces, Archives, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Community Engagement programs, and our landmark 220 acres.

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