Special Events

85th Anniversary Season Opening Gala

June 17

Enjoy performances by Miami City Ballet, an exclusive work-in-progress collaboration by New York City Ballet dancer Sara Mearns and international hip-hop duo Wang Ramirez, and a world premiere by Bruce Wells performed by dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow. This event also includes presentation of the 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, special pop-up performances, and a fabulous after-party under the tent with live music and dancing!

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June 21-23

Celebrating the power of the Pillow’s natural setting, internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus will premiere a new work commissioned specifically for the iconic outdoor stage.

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All Styles Dance Battle

July 2

Beloved performer, choreographer, Festival artist, and Tap Program director Michelle Dorrance hosts an All Styles Dance Battle with exciting Festival artists, the talented participants of the Tap Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and New England-based street artists in the Doris Duke Theatre.

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Eiko's A Body at the Pillow

July 22

In an exclusive one-day-only engagement, Japanese-born artist Eiko Otake will perform A Body at the Pillow, a site-specific solo performance. The work is the newest installment of Otake’s A Body in Places series, which includes performances in train stations, warehouses, and libraries, as well as the fraught Fukushima site.

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A Jazz Happening

August 20

A one-night-only performance featuring the multi-talented dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow's Musical Theatre Dance Program, directed by Broadway veteran Chet Walker. | LIVE MUSIC

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Alumni Day

August 26

Former Jacob's Pillow staff, interns, students, faculty, and Board members are invited! $45 includes a ticket to a performance in either theatre and access to Post-Show activities.

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Festival Finale

August 26

Dance the night away at the ultimate Pillow party featuring closing weekend performance from The Washington Ballet and The Principles of Uncertainty, tasty treats, an epic dance party with DJ BFG, and more.

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Mass MoCA Co-Presentations

March 4 & April 7

This event has passed. Check back in Spring 2018 for Pre-Festival Events.

Nick Cave’s expansive installation Until has been met with awe and critical acclaim. Fusing immersive visual and performing arts, two choreographers present solo works in response to Cave’s exhibition: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner Bill T. Jones and writer, actress, and “Bessie” Award recipient Okwui Okpokwasili.

Performances held at MASS MoCA.

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