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 at 6:15pm during the Festival.
The newly rebuilt Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space, comprise this outdoor amphitheatre with a panoramic view of the Berkshires Hills. An essential part of the Pillow’s mission and a beloved tradition, Inside/Out performances are free and open to the public. Audiences of all ages and walks of life travel from around the world and right down the road to meet new people and enjoy the art of dance as a community.
Every year Inside/Out performances feature a variety of styles. Past performances have included classical ballet, tap, jazz/musical theatre dance, hip-hop, flamenco, traditional Korean dance, India’s bharata natyam, and many other genres. Performances are family-friendly and are followed by a brief question and answer session with the audience.
Patrons are welcome to arrive early to claim a seat or to bring chairs from home. Food and drink are welcome in the performance space.
What happens when it rains?
In the event of rain, most Festival events continue as scheduled. The 6:15pm Inside/Out performance may be cancelled or moved indoors to a studio seating 80 or fewer people, and seats are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. When possible, a live video simulcast with limited seating is offered in a nearby studio.
Call the Box Office after 5pm to find out if the Inside/Performance has been moved indoors and what to expect regarding indoor availability.
Festival 2017 Inside/Out Performance Series
Celebrating the power of the Pillow’s pastoral setting, internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus Dance Theatre will premiere a new work commissioned specifically for the Pillow’s iconic outdoor stage set against the Berkshire hills.Learn More
Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Ballet Program
Dancers of The School’s Ballet Program are pre-professionals, apprentices, trainees, and early career professionals with leading ballet companies from around the world. They perform solos, pas de deux, and ensemble variations from classical ballets as well as a new work created on them for the 85th Anniversary Gala by choreographer Bruce Wells.Learn More
Inside/Out: PASSION FRUIT
Kicking off a week of hip-hop and street dance presentations, this all-female hip-hop crew performs Dance Within Your Dance, created by choreographer and director Tatiana Desardouin. This invigorating work illustrates how dancers influence each other’s style within the hip-hop and house community, combining themes of connection and transformation with individual groove.Learn More
After wowing the Berkshire County community last season with FLEXN, Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray returns with a new program for the Inside/Out Performance Series.Learn More
Inside/Out: 860 Movement
This presentation is a celebration of youth and the next generation of hip-hop dancers from the surrounding region. 860 Movement is an all-styles street dance collective, under the direction of Jolet Creary, an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow; the troupe implements original street dance in collaboration with contemporary styles of hip-hop.Learn More
Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Tap Program
Dancers of the Tap Program have journeyed from around the world to study with Tap Program Directors Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards.Learn More
Inside/Out: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers is the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York, founded in 1963 by a group of men and women who were descended from Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago, and San Blas tribes.Learn More
Inside/Out: Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre
Dušan Týnek is a Czech-born choreographer, and for more than 10 years his company and works have been known for sophistication, expert craftsmanship, and an exceptional level of artistry.Learn More
Inside/Out: The Black Iris Project
Founded in 2016 by choreographer-on-the-rise Jeremy McQueen, The Black Iris Project is a ballet collaborative and education vehicle that creates relevant and engaging classical ballet works that celebrate diversity and Black history.Learn More
Inside/Out: Adam H. Weinert/DANCE OF THE AGES
Following the critically-acclaimed premiere of MONUMENT at Festival 2016, dancer/choreographer Adam H. Weinert returns with Dance of The Ages, an epic ensemble work created by Jacob’s Pillow founder Ted Shawn in 1938 and not seen since his company’s final season nearly 80 years ago.Learn More
Inside/Out: Dances by Isadora
Dances by Isadora (based in NYC and Boston) has been sharing the work of modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan since 1986.Learn More
Inside/Out: Sounds of Korea
Sounds of Korea is part of the New York-based Korean Performing Arts Center (KPAC), consisting of a dance troupe, an instrumental chamber ensemble, and a percussion ensemble.Learn More
Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Contemporary Program
Dancers of the Contemporary Program present a work-in-progress created on them during their first week of study at The School at Jacob’s Pillow.Learn More
Inside/Out: James Whiteside Presents
In the premiere of his new production company “James Whiteside Presents,” Whiteside, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, brings 5 Dances, a collection of works in varied styles that he has created over the years.Learn More
Inside/Out: Caleb Teicher & Company
Caleb Teicher & Company reinvents traditional American dance forms for contemporary contexts. The company's Inside/Out performance features Meet Ella, a male swing dance duet set to classic live recordings of Ella Fitzgerald.Learn More
Inside/Out: Samuel Samways
In February 2017, online participants voted among six dance companies to select the first-ever audience curated Inside/Out performance.Learn More
Inside/Out: Good Foot Dance Company
Good Foot Dance Company, hailing from West Virginia, is known for high-energy, fast-paced footwork, as they explore the complex cultural beginnings of American vernacular dance from Appalachian flatfooting to tap to contemporary urban dance.Learn More
Inside/Out: Gemma Bond Dance
Making waves as a budding female choreographer--rare in the ballet world--Gemma Bond is a corps de ballet member of American Ballet Theatre.Learn More
The US-based Ologunde ensemble celebrates the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador Bahia, Brazil through a diverse repertoire of music, dance and martial arts.Learn More
Inside/Out: Amy Seiwert’s Imagery
Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, a contemporary ballet company based in San Francisco, will show excerpts of Wandering, Seiwert’ first evening-length contemporary ballet set to “Winterreise,” a piano and voice cycle by Franz Schubert to 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller.Learn More
Appearing on the Inside/Out stage for a third time, METdance from Houston, TX, present works by some of the most active and accomplished choreographers of this generation, in a program that highlights the company’s signature effervescent energy and passion for diversity.Learn More
Inside/Out: Inlet Dance Theatre
From Cleveland, Ohio, Inlet Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company founded in 2001 by choreographer and Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade.Learn More
Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Musical Theatre Dance Program
Performers of the Musical Theatre Dance Program share excerpts of song and dance numbers they are preparing for A Jazz Happening, a benefit for The School at Jacob’s Pillow to be held in the Ted Shawn Theatre on August 20.Learn More
Inside/Out: The DASH Ensemble
Showcasing high-octane physicality and combining elements of modern dance, hip-hop, floor work, and physical theater, the DASH Ensemble performs Ways to Handle, created by Artistic Director Gregory Dolbashian in collaboration with the artists of DASH.Learn More
Inside/Out: Collage Dance Collective
Founded in New York City in 2007 and now based in Memphis, TN, Collage Dance Collective works to increase access to outstanding ballet training, diversity on professional ballet stages, and participation by people of color at ballet and other fine arts events.Learn More
Inside/Out: Études by Preeti Vasudevan & Amar Ramasar
Études combines superior technique and the joy of dance, spanning two very different genres. It is a dynamic dance dialogue between Preeti Vasudevan, classical Bharatanatyam dancer, and Amar Ramasar, principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, which redefines classical movement idioms.Learn More
Inside/Out: Xan Burley & Alex Springer
Xan Burley and Alex Springer are dancers, choreographers, teachers, collaborators, and members of Doug Varone and Dancers.Learn More
Inside/Out: Periapsis Music and Dance
Periapsis Music and Dance was founded with a mission to cultivate and support new repertoire at the intersection of dance and music, creating and facilitating opportunities for artists to perform with live music and for choreographers to work with living composers.Learn More
Inside/Out: Stilo Dance
Founded in Arizona in 2007 by David Olarte, Stilo Dance Company is a multi-faceted group that exists as both a performance team and as a community-centered, research-based educational entity.Learn More
Inside/Out: Leonardo Sandoval/Parangolé Collective
Brazilian tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as “strong yet fine-boned, capable of authority and nuance,” is quickly gaining a reputation in the tap world and beyond for his musicality and for adding his own Brazilian flavor to tap dancing.Learn More
Inside/Out: American College Dance Association Highlights
For the second year, American College Dance Association (ACDA) presents highlights from its regional festivals. The ACDA supports and promotes the wealth of talent and creativity from college and university dance departments.Learn More
Inside/Out: Charya Burt Cambodian Dance
Showcasing Charya Burt’s inventive choreography, based in Cambodia’s classical dance tradition, this program includes her 2016 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival premiere, Heavenly Garden; a demonstration of classical Cambodian movements and gestures; Sentimental Dance from the classical repertory; and Intersections Through Time, which explores her personal journey as an immigrant artist.Learn More
Inside/Out: Red Sky Performance
Red Sky Performance is Canada’s leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in dance, theater, music, and media.Learn More
Join us as we celebrate our 85th anniversary season from June 21-August 27, 2017.
For Artists interested in applying to the Inside/Out series
We are interested in presenting all dance forms and genres, including culturally-specific dance forms and dance-theater in addition to classical and contemporary choreography.