Community Events

Pillow Pop-Up Performances

Aug 16 & Sep 20

The Pillow continues to offer a range of special engagements that take place outside the traditional Festival schedule, often in non-traditional theater settings. Join us for these exciting public events throughout the year!

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Pillow Portraits on Inside/Out

Aug 25

Get the chance to stand on the Inside/Out stage and have your portrait taken in front of the Pillow’s iconic backdrop!

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Walkin' with WordxWord at The Mount

Aug 26

Jacob’s Pillow is proud to partner with Lift Ev’ry Voice, WordXWord, and The Mount in two events this summer in which local and regional poets, dancers, musicians, and other performing artists are invited to animate the spaces around the SculptureNow exhibition through their creative responses to selected works.

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Free Inside/Out Performance Series

Bring family and friends of all ages to the Inside/Out series, offering free outdoor performances by emerging and established dance companies and presentations by dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow. Every Wednesday through Saturday during the Festival.

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Community Day

Jun 9

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Join us for a special pre-Festival Community Day featuring free, family-friendly events including performances by Berkshire County region companies and studios, dance classes in varying styles, children’s activities, historic tours, and more.

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Dog Dance

Jul 14

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Back by popular demand! Dance Exchange Artist Elizabeth Johnson will lead you and your leashed canine through a series of simple and fun movements designed to highlight the beauty of our pets, and the unique relationships we share with our dogs.

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Community Residency with Arcell Cabuag

Jul 16-20

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Join Jacob’s Pillow, in partnership with The Funk Box Dance Studio (Pittsfield), Olga Dunn School of Dance (Great Barrington), the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance at Williams College (Williamstown), Youth Alive! (Pittsfield), and Lift Ev’ry Voice (North Adams) for a series of FREE community dance workshops and activities taking place across Berkshire County.

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Pittsfield Moves! Community Residency

Jul 19-29

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Make a show with us! Collaborate with Jacob’s Pillow, Working Cities Pittsfield, and Pittsfield Moves! Artistic Team/Angela’s Pulse artists and dancers to create an original performance drawing from the people and stories of Pittsfield and surrounding regions in this 10-day community residency. We are seeking your voice and skills in this process!

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Weekend OUT

Aug 3-5

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Our annual LGBTQIA+ celebration includes free events, a tour honoring Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers, a Trey McIntyre film, a special performance by Ian Spencer Bell, and a Saturday night dance party hosted by Tyler Ashley, The Dauphine of Bushwick.

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Free Fun Friday

Aug 10

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Enjoy FREE dance games, an outdoor Inside/Out performance, classes, a special kids' tour of the Pillow's historic grounds, and more!

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