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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.
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 seat passes are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. When possible, a live video simulcast with limited seating is offered in a nearby studio. Passes are distributed beginning at 5:20pm. We encourage patrons not to arrive before 5:20 if it is raining unless they are prepared to wait in the rain for pass distribution.
Call the Box Office at 413.243.0745 after 5pm to find out if the Inside/Performance has been moved indoors and what to expect regarding indoor availability.