Free Outdoor “Inside/Out” Performances

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.


Festival 2017 Inside/Out Performance Series

Inside/Out: Xan Burley & Alex Springer

August 16 | Xan Burley and Alex Springer are dancers, choreographers, teachers, collaborators, and members of Doug Varone and Dancers.

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Inside/Out: Periapsis Music and Dance

August 17 | 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.

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Inside/Out: Stilo Dance

August 18 | 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.

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Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Musical Theatre Dance Program

August 19 | 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.

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Inside/Out: Leonardo Sandoval/Parangolé Collective

August 23 | 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.

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Inside/Out: American College Dance Association Highlights

August 24 | 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.

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Inside/Out: Charya Burt Cambodian Dance

August 25 | 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.

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Inside/Out: Red Sky Performance

August 26 | Red Sky Performance is Canada’s leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in dance, theater, music, and media.

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Perform on Inside/Out

Artists appear as a part of the Inside/Out Performance Series by invitation.

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