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 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.

2018 Inside/Out Performance Series

Inside/Out: Oyu Oro Afro Cuban Dance Ensemble

Jun 20 | Committed to the preservation of Afro-Cuban culture through dance, song, and music, Oyu Oro Afro Cuban Dance Ensemble was founded in 1998 in Cuba and re-formed in New York City in 2005 by Danys “La Mora” Perez, an international Afro-Cuban folklorist and dance ethnographer. The ensemble presents high caliber and authentic folkloric dance performances that represent Cuba’s unique history and cultural landscape.

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Inside/Out: Efsane Crimean Tatar Ensemble

Jun 21 | Esfane Crimean Tatar Ensemble, based at the Crimean Tatar Cultural Center in Brooklyn, is a 40 member ensemble that preserves and promotes the cultural heritage and history of Crimean Tatars, the indigenous people of the Crimean peninsula.

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Inside/Out: Dance & Dialogue: Classical Indian Solos

Jun 22 | Renowned classical dance soloists Barkha Patel and Vinod Para perform a showcase of classical Indian dance styles—Kathak and Bharatanatyam—with a talkback moderated by Associate Professor of Dance at Wesylean University, Hari Krishnan.

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Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Ballet Program

Jun 23 | Dancers of The School’s Ballet Program are apprentices, trainees, pre-professionals, and early-career professionals with leading ballet companies from around the world. Their performance for Festival audiences includes classical solo, pas de deux, and ensemble variations, as well as a new ballet created on them for the 2018 Season Opening Gala, by choreographer Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa.

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Inside/Out: Translucent Borders

Jun 27 | Translucent Borders will host a three-day residency at Jacob's Pillow, bringing together for the first time its global collaborators from Cuba, Israel, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Italy, with some artists making their U.S. debuts. The residency will culminate in the debut presentation of intercultural works-in-progress with more than twenty musicians and dancers as part of the Inside/Out Performance Series.

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Inside/Out: Wild Rhythm

Jun 28 | One of New York’s most decorated swing duos, Nathan Bugh and Gaby Cook, perform an exciting evening of swing dance alongside an ensemble of performers.

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Inside/Out: Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami

Jun 29 | Since their “triumphant” (El Nuevo Herald) and “exuberant” (Miami Herald) 2016 debut, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami has rapidly built a reputation as a brilliant new ballet company, featuring an alluring Latino/American cast and repertoire that reflects the vibrancy and vitality of Miami.

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Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Gaga Program

Jun 30 | Gaga: The Language of Ohad Naharin has attracted dancers from around the world to study with Naharin and former members of his Batsheva Dance Company. Following their first week of movement research in The School at Jacob’s Pillow, dancers invite audiences to an open rehearsal where dancers apply Gaga principles to deeply explore and embody Naharin’s movement vocabulary.

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Inside/Out: Emma Portner,
An Evening Of Twos

Jul 4 | Boundary-breaking and genre-blurring, Canadian choreographer and dancer Emma Portner is known for her online viral contemporary dance films and collaborations with artists like Justin Bieber and Ellen Page. Portner makes her Pillow debut with an evening of duets featuring regular collaborators Ajani Johnson-Goffe, Brian Davis, and Chantelle Good, among others.

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Inside/Out: Bruce Wood Dance

Jul 5 | Bruce Wood Dance (BWD) harnesses the power of contemporary dance to entertain, enrich, and heal through high-caliber, original choreography performed by dynamic artists. Bruce Wood was a prolific choreographer who created more than 80 diverse works in his career. Current Artistic Director Kimi Nikaidoh leads this Dallas-based company forward, presenting treasured pieces from Wood’s repertoire as well as new commissions.

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Inside/Out: Dancing Crane Georgian Dance Ensemble

Jul 6 | With thrilling feats of acrobatics performed in traditional costumes, Dancing Crane Georgian Dance Ensemble presents traditional music and dance from the country of Georgia. Founded in 1996, Brooklyn, NY-based Dancing Crane Georgian Dance Ensemble is committed to studying and accurately representing Georgian folk traditions.

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Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Gaga Program

Jul 7 | Gaga: The Language of Ohad Naharin has attracted dancers from around the world to study with Naharin and former members of his Batsheva Dance Company. To conclude their two weeks of movement research in The School at Jacob’s Pillow, they invite audiences to an open rehearsal where dancers apply Gaga principles to deeply explore and embody Naharin’s movement vocabulary.

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Inside/Out: Barak Ballet

Jul 11 | Los Angeles-based Barak Ballet presents contemporary dance work that captivates audiences, invokes thought, and expands the art form of ballet. The company thrives on dynamic partnerships with dancers, choreographers, composers, musicians, designers, and media artists, and the resulting works radiate artistic excellence and collaboration. Barak Ballet’s repertoire features a range of athletic pas de deux to syncopated group work.

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Inside/Out: Kate Harpootlian
& Artists

Jul 12 | Kate Harpootlian & Artists brings together a diverse group of individuals from Los Angeles and New York. This musical theater-style ensemble performs the evening-length work Better Late Than Never, which explores the concept of transition versus the finality of destination.

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Inside/Out: PrioreDance

Jul 13 | PriorieDance is a contemporary dance company based in Washington, DC, and led by Artistic Director Robert J. Priore. The company focuses on creating choreography based in human connection and personal experience, focusing on the physical manifestation of human touch, or lack thereof.

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Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Contemporary Program

Jul 14 | Dancers of the Contemporary Program are apprentices, advanced pre-professionals, and early-career professionals at leading dance companies and training centers around the world. They will present a work-in-progress created on them by choreographer Didy Veldman, Dutch artistic director, choreographer, and contemporary teacher.

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Inside/Out: Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Jul 18 | Calpulli Mexican Dance Company returns to the Inside/Out stage for the second time, just before they bring traditional Mexican folklorico to downtown Pittsfield’s Third Thursday on July 19. Celebrating the rich diversity of Mexican and Mexican-American cultural heritage through its unique artistic vision, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company performs as a family of dancers, musicians, and teachers—named after the Aztec word for clan (Calpulli).

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Inside/Out: Breton Follies

Jul 19 | One of New York City's most celebrated on the rise immersive dance theater companies, Breton Follies is the incubator for in house choreographer Breton Tyner-Bryan a CUNY 2018 Artist in Residence, New York Theater Barn Choreography Lab recipient for new musicals, AMDA commissioned artist, and Chance to Dance contest finalist at Jacob's Pillow. With a cinematic approach to movement, the company's vernacular is rooted in classical ballet, cabaret, and latin rhythms, while honoring the style and sounds of the 1940s–1970s in musical theater.

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Inside/Out: Wylliams/Henry Dance Company

Jul 20 | Hailed as one of the most captivating dance troupes in the Midwest, The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company (WHDC) proudly calls Kansas City home. Known for its diverse artists, the company’s mission is to present the best of American contemporary dance through exposure to nationally renowned and emerging artists. WHCDC has a bold, athletic style with repertoire ranging from the lyrical to the avant garde.

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Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Contemporary Program

Jul 21 | Dancers of the Contemporary Program are apprentices, advanced pre-professionals, and early-career professionals at leading dance companies and training centers around the world. They will present choreography set on them by Ronald K. Brown, Founder and Artistic Director of EVIDENCE.

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Inside/Out: Marcat Dance

Jul 25 | As part of the Contemporary Dance from Spain Series, Marcat Dance presents Inside Kid, originally created for the National Company of Wales by co-founder Mario Bermudez Gil. The company is the artistic home for Gil, a Spanish choreographer and former Batsheva Dance Company member, and Catherine Coury.

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Inside/Out: Pittsfield Moves!

Jul 26 | Berkshire-based artists and community leaders will spend two weeks in July creating a collaborative performance that illuminates marginalized narratives, breaks down regional silos, and deepens connections through creative practice. The work, shepherded by NYC-based Angela’s Pulse, will be performed on both the Inside/Out stage and at the Berkshire NAACP's 45th annual Gather-In on July 29.

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Inside/Out: The Carmen Fumero Dance Company

Jul 27 | As part of the Contemporary Dance from Spain Series, The Carmen Fumero Dance Company presents the works . . . eran casi las dos and Un poco de nadie. Based in Madrid and recently established by Carmen Fumero and Miguel Ballabriga, the company seeks to find expressiveness and beauty in movement as a means of creating new forms of communication.

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Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Contemporary Program

Jul 28 | Dancers of the Contemporary Program are apprentices, advanced pre-professionals, and early-career professionals at leading dance companies and training centers around the world. They will present a work-in-progress created on them by choreographer Cayetano Soto, a Barcelona-based dancemaker and currently a Resident Choreographer at Ballet BC.

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Inside/Out: Kinetic Light

Aug 1 | Working in the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and social justice, Kinetic Light creates, performs, and teaches at the intersections of disability, dance, and race. They present the work Under Momentum, which celebrates the joy of being in continuous motion, the allure of speed, and the beautiful futility of resisting gravity.

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Inside/Out: Boston Dance Theater

Aug 2 | Under the co-artistic direction of Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and award-winning, Dutch-Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili, Boston Dance Theater (BDT) is Boston’s first contemporary dance repertory company with international ties at the leadership level. With a commitment to presenting works of socio-political relevance that challenge the edges of current world issues, BDT matches the talents of Boston-based dancers with those of acclaimed global choreographers in a tour de force of performative dynamism, community connection, and trans-national ambassadorship.

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Inside/Out: Chance to Dance contest winner | IndianRaga

Aug 3 | IndianRaga, based in Cambridge, MA, is devoted to presenting high quality Indian classical dance to a wider audience. The company provides a platform for artists across the U.S. and the world to collaborate across styles and reach audiences through a unique online platform.

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

Aug 4 | Participants of the Musical Theatre Dance Program share work created by Broadway Director/Choreographer and Program Director Chet Walker. This performance is in preparation for Gotta Dance: New Faces for Broadway.

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Inside/Out: Dawn Lane & Co.

Aug 8 | Stockbridge-based choreographer and long-time Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion© Artist Educator Dawn Lane returns to Jacob’s Pillow with the premiere of 30 Love. Conceived and directed by Lane, the work is a trio for Lane, Jane Goodrich, Leslie Nelson, and 30 tennis balls.

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Inside/Out:
Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow

Aug 9 | Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow engages audiences by transforming and catalyzing stages, screens, and sites, and painting them with singular visuals and visceral movement drawn from the quotidian human experience. Inspired by the fact that light from a star is actually memory made visible, Shape of Memory is a roving, site-specific work that begins on the stage then moves through the Pillow grounds melding gravity, distance, and scale, to explore how memory inhabits the body and the self, the individual and the collective.

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Inside/Out: It’s Showtime NYC!

Aug 10 | It’s Showtime NYC!, in only its third year of activity with now more than 25 members, has become one of the largest street dance companies in New York City. A program of Dancing in the Streets performed to celebrate New York City street culture, the group provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers as a legal alternative to dancing in subway cars.

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

Aug 11 | Participants of the Musical Theatre Dance Program share work created by Broadway Director/Choreographer and Program Director Chet Walker. This performance is in preparation for Gotta Dance: New Faces for Broadway.

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Inside/Out: Lida Winfield

Aug 15 | Mixing dance and theater, Lida Winfield presents Imaginary, in collaboration with Ellen Smith Ahern, Joseph Hall Laurel Jenkins and Maree ReMalia, a deep, quirky, innovative, and socially poignant work that explores perception in relation to imagination, commissioned in part by Jacob’s Pillow through the National Performance Network. The work addresses the fact that imagination is a nearly universal human trait, though it is shaped by both personal and environmental factors.

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Inside/Out: The Bang Group

Aug 16 | Choreographer David Parker returns to Jacob’s Pillow with The Bang Group, an adventurous exploration of the sonic potential of the dancing body in a varied, interlocking suite of percussive dances. The new work, A Mouthful of Shoes, works with a wide-ranging movement vocabulary drawing from classical and contemporary forms as well as tap dance, taking sets of contemporary and traditional musical scores and re-creating them as choreographic systems embodied by dancers.

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Inside/Out: Hood Nation

Aug 17 | Hood Nation, established in 2016 by Face Da Phlave Entertainment, is a multi-diverse dance company based in Philadelphia, PA. Hood Nation is a synergy of professional dancers from all around the globe and a worldwide movement, with artist representation from the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Undefined by styles, the company brings together dances from Lindy Hop, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, locking, popping, and breaking.

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

Aug 18 | Participants of the Musical Theatre Dance Program share work created by Broadway Director/Choreographer and Program Director Chet Walker. This performance is in preparation for Gotta Dance: New Faces for Broadway.

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Inside/Out: Felipe Galganni & Company

Aug 22 | Felipe Galganni is a tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer known for his unique style and versatility in blending the American art form of tap dance with his Brazilian roots. Felipe Galganni & Company present excerpts from the concert TAP&TOM, which premiered at The Players Theatre in New York.

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Inside/Out: American College Dance Association Gala Highlights

Aug 23 | For the third 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: Saung Budaya Dance

Aug 24 | Saung Budaya Dance was established in 2005 by Amalia Suryani to introduce new audiences to Indonesian culture through dance and music. As a vital part of the Indonesian community in New York, Saung Budaya repertoire includes various dances from all over Indonesian archipelago.

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Inside/Out: Subject:Matter

Aug 25 | Closing this year’s Inside/Out Performance Series is Boston-based tap dance company Subject:Matter. They present From the Top, an evening-length work that promises to keep audiences intrigued with its twists and turns through a wide variety of music—from funk and jazz, to afro-beat and oldie pop.

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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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