Talks & Tours


PillowTalks are a curated series of entertaining and informative discussions with choreographers, writers, filmmakers, and cultural experts.

Moderated by Pillow Scholars, PillowTalks provide an excellent opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes insight. The hour-long PillowTalks are held Fridays at 5pm and Saturdays at 4pm at Blake’s Barn (next to the Box Office), and are free and open to the public.

PillowTalks Online

A growing selection of PillowTalk video excerpts are available online at PillowTV.

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LIZ LERMAN: DANCE FOR OUR TIME | Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner Liz Lerman considers dance to be a vehicle for insight and understanding, and she shares her vision in an intimate conversation. Fri, June 23, 5pm

PILOBOLUS: THEN & NOW | Internationally acclaimed Pilobolus made its Pillow debut in 1974, and returns with a new work commissioned for Inside/Out. This talk explores the commission and recent ventures. Sat, June 24, 4pm

TAP TODAY | Enhancing this week’s performances and School program directed by tap stars Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, they survey the current scene and preview a new website. Fri, June 30, 5pm

RADICAL BODIES | A new book and NY Public Library exhibition survey the work of pioneers Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer; with authors Ninotchka Bennahum and Wendy Perron. Sat, July 1, 4pm

CONNECTING ARTISTS & AUDIENCES | Choreographers Faye Driscoll and Jessica Lang work in different ways to forge strong connections with audiences; here they explain their aims and contrast their approaches. Fri, July 7, 5pm

INTO SUNLIGHT | Ron Honsa’s new documentary film brings together choreographer Robin Becker and author David Maraniss to explore the effects of war on those in battle and at home. A screening of the hour-long film will be followed by a discussion with all three collaborators. Sat, July 8, 4pm-5:30pm

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION | The Pillow presented its first performance 84 years ago today; an occasion marked by individuals furthering the work of Ted Shawn: Adam Weinert, Paul Scolieri, and Norton Owen. Fri, July 14, 5pm

PAUL TAYLOR AT THE PILLOW | Modern dance legend Paul Taylor made his Pillow debut in 1954 and his company returns this week for its 17th engagement. Critics and long-time observers reflect on Taylor’s Pillow history and screen some video highlights from past appearances. Sat, July 15, 4pm

A BODY IN PLACES | Japanese performance artist Eiko has been pursuing this ambitious solo project throughout the world since 2014, sharing her experiences here with photographer William Johnston. Fri, July 21, 5pm

ARTIST-DRIVEN ARCHIVES | Jacob’s Pillow Associate Archivist Patsy Gay is breaking new ground with David Gordon’s archives while Alexis Moh is documenting Eiko; both join Norton Owen to explore new archival approaches. Sat, July 22, 4pm

CURATING PERFORMANCE | Selecting and presenting dance is an increasingly complex process with many considerations, some of which will be explored in this discussion with former Pillow director Sam Miller and national dance consultant Jennifer Calienes. Fri, July 28, 5pm

FOCUS ON VISION ‘22 | A new plan for the Pillow culminates in 2022. Director Pamela Tatge details her goals in an ambitious blueprint known as Vision ‘22. Sat, July 29, 4pm

EXQUISITE CORPS | Filmmaker Mitchell Rose employed 42 prominent choreographers to create a visual “chain love letter” to dance, which he’ll screen and discuss with members of his illustrious cast. Fri, Aug 4, 5pm

PERSPECTIVES ON MEN IN DANCE | In conjunction with the Pillow’s annual Weekend OUT celebration, Festival artists discuss shifting dynamics of gay men in dance from their own perspectives. Sat, Aug 5, 4pm

STAGING DANCE | Camille A. Brown and Mark Dendy each straddle the worlds of concert dance and musical theater in varying degrees; here they define some characteristics of the different worlds. Fri, Aug 11, 5pm

A SALUTE TO BARTON MUMAW | A Pillow icon from his 1930s beginnings here to his eternal role as Ted Shawn Theatre weathervane, Mumaw has further cemented his heroic status with a substantial bequest. Sat, Aug 12, 4pm

TRISHA BROWN’S LEGACY | Trisha Brown’s legacy endures through performances by her company and others, while Susan Rosenberg’s new book celebrates Brown’s choreography as visual art, with all efforts discussed here. Fri, Aug 18, 5pm

CUBA’S CHANGING DANCE SCENE | Spanish dancer Irene Rodríguez is integrally involved in Cuba’s artscape, and a new film highlights her role in Havana’s culture. Sat, Aug 19, 4pm

MAIRA KALMAN’S PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY | Both whimsical and brilliant, Kalman’s work inhabits a world all its own, currently represented at the Metropolitan Museum and in the Doris Duke Theatre, and explored here. Fri, Aug 25, 5pm

INSIDE THE DANCER’S ART | Rose Eichenbaum has spent over 30 years interviewing and photographing dancers; she shares highlights of her life’s work in a new book and Pillow exhibition. Sat, Aug 26, 4pm