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.

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Festival 2018 PillowTalks

Friday, June 22 at 5pm

Scottish Dance: Yesterday & Today | Celebrating her company’s U.S. debut Scottish choreographer Janis Claxton joins forces with historian Agnes Ness to trace Scotland’s dance history and explore its current cultural scene.

Saturday, June 23 at 4pm

Nikolaj Hübbe’s Royal Danish Ballet | Now directing one of the world’s most venerable dance institutions, Hübbe talks about his career and his summer studying ballet at the Pillow in 1985.

Friday, June 29 at 5pm

Dancing on Air | A behind-the-scenes look at the internet resource known as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive, with new themes and essays featuring many more online videos and photos.

Saturday, June 30 at 4pm

Through You | Dancer/filmmaker Lily Baldwin is forging new territory with a unique blend of dance, storytelling, cinema, virtual reality, mixed reality, and interactive technology, demonstrated and discussed here.

Friday, July 6 at 5pm

Gotta Dance, Too! | The stunning collection of dance movie posters now on view in Blake’s Barn are from the collection of former film executive Mike Kaplan, who discusses his favorites.

Saturday, July 7 at 4pm

Mr. Gaga in Person |  Ohad Naharin is a monumental force in Israeli dance who has influenced the field worldwide; here he talks about his history with Batsheva and what lies ahead.

Friday, July 13 at 5pm

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui | Eastman‘s director, Belgian dancer/choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, made his Pillow debut a decade ago with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and returns now with his own stunning dancers.

Saturday, July 14 at 4pm

Founding PHILADANCO! | A primal cultural force for decades, Joan Myers Brown founded the Philadelphia Dance Company in 1970 and continues to nurture the company’s predominantly African American traditions.

Friday, July 20 at 5pm

Launching the Pillow Lab | A central focus of the Pillow’s new year-round activities is the Pillow Lab, offering research and creative time to dance artists, some of whom discuss its impact.

Saturday, July 21 at 4pm

Dance We Must | A current exhibit at the Williams College Museum of Art focuses on Jacob’s Pillow’s extensive collections of costumes, sets, and other artifacts, discussed here by the curators.

Friday, July 27 at 5pm

Between Yourself and Me | This new film profiles Third Rail Projects, the New York-based company specializing in experiential performance with acclaimed immersive theater works such as Then She Fell.

Saturday, July 28 at 4pm

The Ted Shawn Theatre’s Next Act | The architects tasked with addressing urgent backstage needs in America’s first dance theater share their ideas about what’s ahead and invite feedback from audience members.

Friday, August 3 at 5pm

Award-winning Faye Driscoll | Recipient of this year’s coveted Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, choreographer Faye Driscoll recounts her journey from Pillow student in 1994 to acclaimed artist today.

Saturday, August 4 at 4pm

40 Years of Hubbard Street | In celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, critics and longtime observers reflect on many memorable appearances since their 1983 Jacob’s Pillow debut, with video highlights.

Friday, August 10 at 5pm

Scholars United | Netta Yerushalmy’s Paramodernities brings together some of today’s best and brightest minds, assembled here to consider the sometimes disparate worlds of dance and academia.  

Saturday, August 11 at 4pm

Limón’s Resurgence | Under new direction for the first time in 40 years, the Limón Dance Company has entrusted former company dancer Colin Connor with leading the way forward.

Friday, August 17 at 5pm

You’ll Still Call Me Sonya Tayeh | Bridging the worlds of television, theater, music videos, and concert dance, Sonya Tayeh discusses the emotionally charged work on view this week and her rocketing career.

Saturday, August 18 at 4pm

Bob Fosse: Big Deal | Kevin Winkler’s new book is subtitled “Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical,” and it offers a behind-the-scenes view at of this revolutionary director/choreographer.

Friday, August 24 at 5pm

NY Export: Opus Jazz | Shot on location with an ensemble of New York City Ballet dancers, this film adaptation of Jerome Robbins’s 1958 “ballet in sneakers” is screened and discussed.

Saturday, August 25 at 4pm

Robbins Reconsidered | In the centennial year of Jerome Robbins, new attention is focused on this groundbreaking choreographer, and this talk features Julia Foulkes, curator of an upcoming exhibition at the New York Public Library, Robbins scholar Hiie Saumaa, and Robbins interpreter Wendy Whelan.