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. While at Inside/Out, we ask that you do not video record performances. Photography is permitted for personal use only, please do not solicit. Photography is not permitted at Saturday performances by The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

2019 Inside/Out Performance Series

Inside/Out: Kotchegna Dance Company

Jun 19 | Performing in elaborate masks to the explosive percussion of a group of brilliant drummers, Kotchegna Dance Company brings to life the ancient stories and legends of Africa’s Ivory Coast, praised by The New  York Times for “feverishly intricate rhythms from drummers who knew countless ways to subdivide a beat and make it jump.”

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Inside/Out: Luke Hickey

Jun 20 | Tap dancer and choreographer Luke Hickey, an alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, performs the percussive revue A Little Old, A Little New.

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Inside/Out: Micaela Taylor’s TL Collective

Jun 21 | TL Collective fuses contemporary dance and theatrical hip-hop with elements of groove and acrobatics, bringing high levels of athleticism to the stage. Artistic Director Micaela Taylor is highly acclaimed, including as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and recent recipient of the Inaugural EMERGE Choreographic Award from Springboard Danse Montréal.

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

Jun 22 | Dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary 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 choreography by Aszure Barton as well as the new ballet created on them for the 2019 Season Opening Gala by esteemed choreographer Matthew Neenan.

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Inside/Out: Briseyda Zárate Flamenco

Jun 26 | Accompanied by the rhythmically melodic guitar and bitter sweet flamenco song, powerhouse dancer Briseyda Zárate delivers an intimate rendition of flamenco. Pushing the limits of self-expression and moving away from choreographies and towards exciting improvisation, she and her inspired ensemble of musicians will take audiences on an exhilarating journey deep into the heart and soul of flamenco.

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Inside/Out: Vanaver Caravan

Jun 27 | Hudson-Valley based Vanaver Caravan performs excerpts of Turn, Turn, Turn, a celebration with dance and live music featuring Pete Seeger’s most beloved songs in honor of the esteemed folk singer’s 100th birthday.

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Inside/Out: Sayat Nova Dance Company

Jun 28 | Boston-based Sayat Nova Dance Company was formed in January 1986 under the direction of Apo Ashjian. Named after a famous 18th century Armenian troubadour, they are dedicated to preserving and promoting Armenian culture and multicultural awareness. Their performance celebrates the livelihood, aspirations, legends, and beauty of Armenian folk dance.

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Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Flamenco & Spanish Dance

Jun 29 | Dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow Flamenco & Spanish Dance program train with revered artists from Spain in the traditional rhythms and palos of flamenco and Spanish dance, such as alegrías, bulerías, and seguiriyas. Their performance for Festival audiences features a glimpse into their studio work where communication with musicians evokes each dancer’s passionate duende.

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Inside/Out: The LayeRhythm Experiment

Jul 3 | LayeRhythm began as a jam session of music and dance, created in 2015 in New York City as a monthly event. Now, The LayeRhythm Experiment, comprised of street dancers, musicians, an emcee, and a singer, takes its club roots and brings it to the stage. They perform It Takes Two, a new interactive production where audience ideas are transformed into the performers’ movements, sounds, and lyrics, described as “an improv comedy show where dancing, not laughs, is the currency” (The New York Times).

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Inside/Out: Kyle Marshall Choreography

Jul 4 | Recipient of the 2018 Juried Bessie Award, and one of Dance Europe Magazine’s “New to Watch,” Kyle Marshall uses dance as an opportunity to empathize with other human beings. Developed in 2014, Kyle Marshall Choreography sees the dancing body as a container of history, an igniter of social reform, and a site of celebration, returning to the Inside/Out stage.

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Inside/Out: Daniel Doña’s Compañía de Danza

Jul 5 | Madrid-based Daniel Doña is at the forefront of a generation of dancers finding their own choreographic and interpretative voice through flamenco and Spanish dance. Since 2004, Compañía de Danza has invigorated audiences with dance that combines the traditions and new trends of Spanish dance. As a choreographer and Artistic Director, Doña’s work has been performed at renowned festivals worldwide.

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Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow | Flamenco & Spanish Dance

Jul 6 | Dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow Flamenco & Spanish Dance program train with revered artists from Spain in the traditional rhythms and palos of flamenco and Spanish dance, such as alegrías, bulerías, and seguiriyas. Their performance for Festival audiences features a glimpse into their studio work where communication with musicians evokes each dancer’s passionate duende.

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Inside/Out: Phunk Phenomenon

Jul 10 | Seen on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, Phunk Phenomenon’s Urban Dance Theatre brings together a diverse group of professional dancers from across New England through a non-traditional dance studio that celebrates hip-hop’s vibrant culture. The dynamic crew promotes and educates on ethnic and personal empowerment through a cross-cultural fusion of contemporary urban dance.

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Inside/Out: Kim Lusk

Jul 11 | Seattle-based choreographer Kim Lusk is known for her subtle humor and intricate movement, praised for choreography that “literally vibrates at the intersection of classicism and pop action, like a slam-dancing sarabande” (Seattle Weekly). Lusk and her dancers teeter between success and failure in A Dance for Dark Horses, set to ‘90s pop beats. The end result showcases a rag-tag bunch of go-all-out dancers that the audience can’t help but root for.

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Inside/Out: Charlotte Ballet

Jul 12 | Led by Artistic Director Hope Muir, Charlotte Ballet is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire that ranges from the classics to bold, contemporary work. The company of 18 professional dancers who make Charlotte their home annually present six performance series in Charlotte with an international roster of choreographers.

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

Jul 13 | Dancers of the Contemporary Program are apprentices, advanced pre-professionals, and early-career professionals from leading dance companies and training centers around the world. Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jae Man Joo, and Didy Veldman—three of today’s most sought-after, and stylistically diverse, contemporary choreographers will create new work on the ensemble of dancers. See them on Inside/Out!

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Inside/Out: Ice Dance International

Jul 17 | Led by Artistic Director Douglas Webster, Ice Dance International (IDI) brings “ice” dance to the Inside/Out stage for the first time in Pillow history. IDI exists to showcase and promote ice dancing as an international performing art form that blends dance and skating, bringing the highest caliber of the art form to communities across the United States.

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Inside/Out: Bombshell Dance Project

Jul 18 | Bombshell Dance Project is a Dallas-based dance company founded in 2016 by Artistic Directors Emily Bernet and Taylor Rodman under a mission to promote the female choreographic voice. In their work Like a Girl, the company reimagines the phrase “fight like a girl” through contrasts in athleticism and power dynamics.

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Inside/Out: Teelin Irish Dance Company

Jul 19 | Based in Columbia, Maryland, the Teelin Irish Dance Company has graced stages locally, nationally, and internationally with world class Irish step dance. Under the vision of Director Maureen Berry, recipient of the 2009 Individual Artist Award for Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and the 2016 Howie Award from the Howard County Arts Council, the company’s innovative style fuses traditional Irish step dance with contemporary dance.

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

Jul 20 | Dancers of the Contemporary Program are apprentices, advanced pre-professionals, and early-career professionals from leading dance companies and training centers around the world. Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jae Man Joo, and Didy Veldman—three of today’s most sought-after, and stylistically diverse, contemporary choreographers will create new work on the ensemble of dancers. See them on Inside/Out!

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Inside/Out: Tethered by Reciprocity Collaborative

Jul 24 | Join Ilya Vidrin’s Reciprocity Collaborative in the midst of their week-long research as they break down their movement technology for audiences through an open demonstration that brings together expertise of Argentinian Tango, Latin/Ballroom Technique, Classical Pas de Deux, and Contact Improvisation.

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Inside/Out: Eisenhower Dance Detroit

Jul 25 | Eisenhower Dance Detroit (EDD) is Michigan’s premier contemporary dance company, hailed as one of the most outstanding arts organizations in the Midwest. EDD’s signature artistry, inventiveness, and collaborative spirit have propelled the company to 28 years of national and international acclaim.

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Inside/Out: Cage Shuffle by Paul Lazar

Jul 26 | Cage Shuffle marries the words of John Cage with the choreography of Annie-B Parson and the performance of Paul Lazar in a playful, profound, accessible expression of the joyous interconnectedness of the mind, body, and nature. See the performance at Inside/Out!

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

Jul 27 | Dancers of the Contemporary Program are apprentices, advanced pre-professionals, and early-career professionals from leading dance companies and training centers around the world. Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jae Man Joo, and Didy Veldman—three of today’s most sought-after, and stylistically diverse, contemporary choreographers will create new work on the ensemble of dancers. See them on Inside/Out!

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Inside/Out: Bryn Cohn + Artists

Jul 31 | Founded in 2011, Bryn Cohn + Artists is a bicoastal company that constructs theatrical worlds of risk and reality with collaborations in film, fashion, music and television. In an innovative repertory program for Inside/Out, BC + A will present their most celebrated works to date including 4AM, HOME and Skin.

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Inside/Out: Liv Schaffer

Aug 1 | Oakland-based choreographer and performer and Jacob’s Pillow Artist Educator with Curriculum in Motion and Medicine in Motion programs, Liv Schaffer, presents three separate works created between 2014-2018 in collaboration with five performers, that abstract essences of remembrance, gender, effort, and wonder.

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Inside/Out: Ebony Williams Choreography & Dancers

Aug 2 | Ebony Williams bridges the worlds of concert, commercial, and theater as a Boston-based dancer and choreographer. She known for her work as a dancer with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and as Beyoncé’s principal dancers in the viral Single Ladies music video and The Formation World Tour.

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

Aug 3 | Dancers of the Tap Program have journeyed from around the world to study with Tap Program Directors Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Michelle Dorrance for three weeks. For Inside/Out audiences, they perform traditional tap vocabulary, cutting edge styles, improvisation, and acapella compositions as soloists and ensemble performers, all in preparation for GOTTA DANCE, a benefit for The School at Jacob’s Pillow held in the Ted Shawn Theatre on August 18.

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Inside/Out: The Land on Which We Dance

Aug 7 | For this landmark gathering of Indigenous dance and as kick-off to a week of celebrating contemporary Indigenous artists, the Pillow campus will be illuminated with an exchange of song, dance, and storytelling—bringing together local Indigenous peoples and inviting all to participate in this exchange.

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Inside/Out: Christopher K. Morgan

Aug 8 | Choreographer and performer Christopher K. Morgan performs Pōhaku, a unique dance and hula performance with live music by electric cellist Wytold and Hawaiian chanter/percussionist Elsie Kaleihulukea Ryder. The show tells the story of Hawaii's colonial past through the choreographer's personal story of his ache for the land he is from, but never lived in.

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Inside/Out: The Art of Isadora

Aug 9 | Capturing the essence of Duncan’s feisty and romantic nature, today’s pre-eminent Duncan interpreter Lori Belilove has staged The Art of Isadora with performance by Belilove herself, New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns, and the senior members of her Company, which introduces Duncan’s signature repertory set to music by Chopin, Brahms, Gluck, Schubert, and Scriabin.  

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

Aug 10 | Dancers of the Tap Program have journeyed from around the world to study with Tap Program Directors Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Michelle Dorrance for three weeks. For Inside/Out audiences, they perform traditional tap vocabulary, cutting edge styles, improvisation, and acapella compositions as soloists and ensemble performers, all in preparation for GOTTA DANCE, a benefit for The School at Jacob’s Pillow held in the Ted Shawn Theatre on August 18.

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Inside/Out: Tapped In: Alumni of The School at Jacob’s Pillow

Aug 14 | Tapped In brings together standout alums from The School at Jacob’s Pillow at Inside/Out for one night only. Tap dancers Demi Remick and Jabu Graybeal will be performing tap solos, with others to be announced.

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Inside/Out: Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami

Aug 15 | Returning to Inside/Out for the second consecutive summer, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami (DDTM) was founded by former Miami City Ballet principals Carlos Guerra and Jennifer Kronenberg. See them perform in Festival 2019!

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Inside/Out: Ayazamana Ecuadorian Dance Group

Aug 16 | Ayazamana (from the Kichwa word meaning where the soul rests) Ecuadorian Dance Group's mission is to allow the community to have greater access to Ecuadorian culture through dance, representing vast regions, such as the mountains, the coast, and the Amazon, that compose the small South American Country.

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Inside/Out: Chance to Dance Live Competition

Aug 17 | Jacob’s Pillow invited dance artists across all genres to participate in the third annual Chance to Dance viewers’ choice contest. Six semi-finalists were voted on by an online crowd on PillowTV where three finalists, MN Dance Company, Soleful Dance Company, and Xing Dance Theater, were selected to compete as part of the Inside/Out Performance Series. Check out the finalists and join us for the LIVE competition!

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Inside/Out: NEW DIALECT

Aug 21 | Banning Bouldin's NEW DIALECT, will make their Pillow debut with an excerpt of The Triangle, which takes its inspiration from Bouldin's own experience battling and making peace with multiple sclerosis. The work poignantly combines conceptual fashion and dance theater in a series of moving portraits that reimagine the agency of disability and otherness.

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Inside/Out: American College Dance Association Highlights

Aug 22 | For the fourth consecutive year, American College Dance Association (ACDA) presents highlights from its regional festivals, supporting and promoting the wealth of talent and creativity from college and university dance departments.

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Inside/Out: Jean Appolon Expressions

Aug 23 | Boston-based, Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) celebrates and advances Haitian folkloric dance by building a contemporary cultural community that produces professional performances, educational opportunities, and dance training for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. See them perform at Inside/Out!

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Inside/Out: Mozaik Dance

Aug 24 | Closing this year’s Inside/Out Performance Series, Mozaik Dance brings together three women through a mix of popping, contemporary dance, and an influence of street styles. Dancers and choreographers Sun Kim, Manon Bal, and J9 collaborate to explore differences and commonalities.

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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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