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.
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.
A growing selection of PillowTalk video excerpts are available online at PillowTV.
THREE ARTISTS, TWO COMPANIES
Fri, June 24, 5pm
While Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty have run Aspen Santa Fe Ballet for 20 years, they more recently joined forces with Juan Siddi to manage both companies, here explaining their various roles.
FINDING OUR COMMUNITY
Sat, June 25, 4pm
Urban Bush Women’s founder-director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is passionate about engaging her audiences in meaningful ways, and she discusses her company’s community activities with Strategic Advisor Jennifer Bleill Calienes.
IMPROVISATION IN DANCE
Fri, July 1, 5pm
As a pioneer in dance improvisation for more than fifty years, Margaret Beals looks back over her extraordinary career, sharing some film highlights and reflections on “the power of the present moment.”
THE DANCING ATHLETE
Sat, July 2, 4pm
Saratoga’s National Museum of Dance hosts a new exhibit exploring intersections of dance and sport, a theme also seen onstage in this week’s Bereishit program, with representatives of each in conversation.
AWARD-WINNING CAMILLE A. BROWN
Fri, July 8, 5pm
This year’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, Camille A. Brown, returns to the Pillow stage this week, and here discusses her unique personal journey, recent TED Talks, and upcoming projects.
WHAT THE EYE HEARS
Sat, July 9, 4pm
Subtitled “A History of Tap Dancing,” this new book by The New York Times critic Brian Seibert has been called “smart, wonderfully anecdotal and definitive.” Seibert will discuss and sign copies.
ANN HUTCHINSON GUEST’S DANCING LIFE
Fri, July 15, 5pm
It has been 75 years since Ann Hutchinson Guest first studied at Jacob’s Pillow, and she has been at the forefront of dance ever since, now recounting old and new adventures.
CURRICULUM IN MOTION
Sat, July 16, 4pm
For more than 20 years, Jacob’s Pillow has been bringing dance into Berkshire County schools in groundbreaking ways. Both the past successes and future plans are outlined in this presentation.
CHOREOGRAPHY AS VISUAL ART
Fri, July 22, 5pm
Art historian Susan Rosenberg has focused on Trisha Brown’s vision while Zvi Gotheiner considers three artists onstage this week, and here they discuss common ground inhabited by dance and visual arts.
NEW DIRECTOR, NEW DIRECTIONS
Sat, July 23, 4pm
In her inaugural year as Director of Jacob’s Pillow, Pamela Tatge shares some of her initial impressions and goals for the years ahead in this one-on-one conversation.
Fri, July 29, 5pm
More than four decades after Ted Shawn’s death, scholars continue making important archival discoveries, including a previously-unknown treasure trove at the New York Public Library sampled here for the first time.
WHAT REHEARSAL DIRECTORS DO
Sat, July 30, 4pm
Risa Steinberg often assists choreographers by rehearsing their work (while also serving as a member of The Juilliard School faculty), here explaining her current assignment with Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks.
MAKING DANCES FOR STAGE AND SCREEN
Fri, Aug 5, 5pm
Patricia Birch has earned two Emmy Awards and five Tony nominations in a career that crosses all media, and here she discusses her dance roots and her iconic films and shows.
THE ART OF GRACE
Sat, Aug 6, 4pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Sarah Kaufman discusses what has been called her “truly eloquent book” on the qualities that enable both dancers and ordinary mortals to move well through life.
LOIS GREENFIELD: MOVING STILL
Fri, Aug 12, 5pm
“Dazzling” is how Vanity Fair describes the recent book from iconic dance photographer Lois Greenfield. Here she discusses her latest work and its debut in her current Blake’s Barn exhibit.
Sat, Aug 13, 4pm
The driving forces behind new online databases demonstrate their efforts, with Constance Valis Hill representing the Library of Congress’s tap resource and Theresa Ruth Howard discussing Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet.
THE ART OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
Fri, Aug 19, 5pm
Visionary director Peter Sellars teams up with dancer/choreographer Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray to create this week’s FLEXN; here they discuss their approaches to art as social and moral action.
BATTLING INEQUALITY IN THE ARTS
Sat, Aug 20, 4pm
Charitable foundations are now leading the way in supporting arts projects that reinforce core values such as fairness, tolerance, and inclusion, and this session examines these new strategies.
Fri, Aug 26, 5pm
As both Education Programs Manager and Assistant to the Artistic Director, Doug Fullington’s work for Pacific Northwest Ballet crosses many boundaries, and he discusses his many roles in conversation with Peter Boal.
Sat, Aug 27, 4pm
Exploring what can happen when students have dance in their curriculum, this award-winning documentary is screened and discussed by director and producer Nel Shelby, executive producer Jody Gottfried Arnhold, and consultant Joan Finkelstein.