Festival 2018


We’ve planned a jam-packed Festival Season that’s equal parts cutting-edge and crowd-pleasing, including multiple Pillow debuts and world premieres, live music collaborations, work that was developed at our Pillow Lab, and companies that are returning to the Pillow for the first time in years like PHILADANCO!Limón Dance CompanyHouston Ballet, and ODC/Dance. Highlights include opening the season with The Royal Danish Ballet, one of the world’s most highly respected ballet companies, presenting the U.S. debut of Compañía Sharon Fridman, ending with an artist-curated program by New York City Ballet’s Daniel Ulbricht, and much, much more.

Join us from June 20-August 26 2018.

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Royal Danish Ballet

Jun 20-24
Principals and soloists of this historic company return to the Pillow with excerpts from classical ballet’s enduring masters, including August Bournonville, Marius Petipa, and Jules Perrot.

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Ragamala Dance Company

Jun 20-24
“Soulful, imaginative, and rhythmically contagious” (The New York Times), this Bharatanatyam company performs Written in Water, marked by a distinct Indian ethos and an original composition by jazz trumpeter/maquam singer Amir ElSaffar. | LIVE MUSIC

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Pilobolus

Jun 27-Jul 1
Back by popular demand with their 2017 Inside/Out Series commission Branches and more, this “mind-blowing troupe of wildy creative and physically daring dancers” (NY Newsday) delivers acrobatic dexterity, inventive wit, and startling imagery.

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Ephrat Asherie Dance

Jun 27-Jul 1
The Boston Globe’s “bona fide b-girl” presents the world premiere of Odeon, layering breaking, hip-hop, house, and vogue with the buoyant score of 20th century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth. | LIVE MUSIC

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Batsheva – The Young Ensemble

Jul 4-8
Embraced as part of one of the most prominent contemporary dance companies in the world, these “superhumanly spry” (The New York Times) movers perform the infectious Naharin’s Virus.

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Nicola Gunn

Jul 4-8
“Tantalizing, entertaining, ridiculous, and often bewildering in the best way possible” (Herald Sun), Nicola Gunn slips across tempos, ideas, and performance modes to tell a story about a man, a woman, and a duck.

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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman

Jul 11-15
Led by the ambitious talent of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Eastman’s Fractus V is a collaboration of diverse nationalities and artistic identities, praised as “a thrillingly expansive watch, large with possibilities and potent with ideas” (The Guardian). | LIVE MUSIC

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PHILADANCO!

Jul 11-15
“Virtuosic, spiritually uplifting, and socially conscious,” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), this celebrated staple in the dance hub of Philadelphia deliver athletic contemporary ballet by predominantly African American choreographers.

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Dorrance Dance

Jul 18-22
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner Michelle Dorrance returns to mark Dorrance Dance’s fifth Festival engagement, bringing their latest, groundbreaking work Myelination and a world premiere. | LIVE MUSIC

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Cie Art Move Concept

Jul 18-22
Delivering a stunning balance of power and softness, this French genre-blurring tour de force of movement and motion is praised as “a thrilling fusion of hip-hop and contemporary dance” (The New York Times).

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Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE with Arturo O’Farrill & Resist

Jul 25-29
Returning to the Pillow, this company performs a soulful and uplifting new work marked by Brown’s iconic blend of African, Caribbean, and contemporary choreography set to Arturo O’Farrill’s GRAMMY Award-winning Latin jazz. | LIVE MUSIC

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Compañía Sharon Fridman

Jul 25-29
This Madrid-based company makes its U.S. debut in a program that highlights athletic, adventurous work rooted in contact improvisation, including the captivating duet Hasta Dónde..? and Max Award-winning Free fall.

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Aug 1-5
On the occasion of their 40th Anniversary, this world-renowned force in contemporary dance returns with a diverse program of today’s leading choreographers.

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Faye Driscoll

Aug 1-5
2018 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner Faye Driscoll returns for the second consecutive summer, challenging audiences to expand their perceptions about dance in Thank You For Coming: Play.

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Limón Dance Company

Aug 8-12
A vanguard of American modern dance, the Limón Dance Company brings to the life the immediacy of classics by José Limón alongside vibrant, new choreography by Kate Weare and others.

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Paramodernities by Netta Yerushalmy

Aug 8-12
The world premiere of Paramodernities deconstructs the work of iconic modernist choreographers like Ailey, Balanchine, and Fosse, performing them alongside the scholarly contributions that help contextualize them.

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Houston Ballet

Aug 15-18
Houston Ballet returns for the first time in almost 40 years with a program celebrating a wide range of classic and contemporary ballet with work by Trey McIntyre and a Pillow-commissioned world premiere by Artistic Director Stanton Welch.

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Sonya Tayeh

Aug 15-19
Obie and Lucille Lortel Award-winner Sonya Tayeh presents you’ll still call me by name, an emotionally charged dance symphony in collaboration with vocalist Jo Lampert and indie-folk duo The Bengsons. | LIVE MUSIC

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Stars of American Ballet

Aug 22-26
Daniel Ulbricht curates Stars of American Ballet in celebration of choreographic legend Jerome Robbins’ centennial, bringing some of today’s most remarkable ballet talents to the intimate Ted Shawn Theatre. | LIVE MUSIC

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ODC/Dance

Aug 22-26
San Francisco-based ODC/Dance flaunts rigorous technique and full-throttle partnering, performing Dead Reckoning in a sea of mesmerizing green confetti, and the enigmatic Triangulating Euclid.

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