Following the record-breaking Festival 2018, we gear up for our 87th consecutive summer, June 19-August 25. Festival 2019 highlights include world premieres, new commissions, anniversary celebrations, Pillow-exclusive engagements, U.S. debuts, work developed at the Pillow Lab, and international artists from Cuba, Australia, France, and Canada. Check out the season below and mark your summer 2019 calendar!
Hailing from Vancouver, Ballet BC pushes the boundaries of classical ballet with a cutting-edge, contemporary sensibility. The company celebrates ten years under the leadership of artistic director Emily Molnar.
Brisbane-based Circa is at the forefront of a new wave of contemporary Australian circus, creating awe-inspiring performance from extreme physicality. Three fearless acrobats perform What Will Have Been, praised as “circus at its purest and most thrilling” (Daily Review, Australia). | LIVE MUSIC
Compañía Irene Rodríguez
Returning after a sold-out run in 2017, Compañía Irene Rodríguez brings a signature style of flamenco and has “succeeded in positioning itself among the best of the Spanish genre in Cuba” (Granma, Cuba). | LIVE MUSIC
Abby Z and the New Utility
abandoned playground is an adrenaline-inducing work of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity where dancers are pushed to the brink of their endurance, described by The New York Times as “where dance meets sport.”
Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston
Longtime Cunningham company member and later assistant director Robert Swinston brings his France-based troupe to perform works by Merce Cunningham, one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century, as part of the worldwide Cunningham Centennial celebration. | LIVE MUSIC
Dance, music, text, and video come together in Halfway to Dawn, a “heartfelt and heart-breaking homage” (Times Quotidian) to Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington’s prolific but long-obscured jazz collaborator.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Celebrating 50 years of Dance Theatre of Harlem's signature artistry, the beloved ballet company returns in commemoration of trailblazing co-founder Arthur Mitchell with works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, and others.
Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group
Imagining what Black Shaker worship might have looked like, this Brooklyn-based company presents the world premiere of POWER, including a special, site-specific experience fueled by Wilson’s Berkshire-based research at nearby living history museum Hancock Shaker Village.
Mark Morris Dance Group
“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns with deep, witty, poetic dance and an indisputable commitment to live music. | LIVE MUSIC
“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), Didy Veldman’s Umanoove makes its U.S. debut with The Happiness Project, an investigation into the seemingly endless search for fulfillment, in collaboration with violinist/performer Alexander Balanescu. | LIVE MUSIC
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The esteemed American modern dance company returns with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.
Caleb Teicher & Company
with Conrad Tao
“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative composer/pianist Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a highly-anticipated new work that explores tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop on a stage filled with a thin layer of sand. | LIVE MUSIC
A.I.M by Kyle Abraham
Jul 31-Aug 4
A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Kyle Abraham’s “skill as a dancer is a fact” (The New York Times). A.I.M makes its Ted Shawn Theatre debut after embracing a new identity as a company.
Jul 31-Aug 4
World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the world premiere of THE DAY, exploring life's journey and resilience through the shared language of music and dance. | LIVE MUSIC
Led by The MET’s first choreographic artist-in-residence Andrea Miller, Gallim Dance celebrates ten years of embodying human connection through bold, raw, transformative dance. They bring uncompromising authenticity, company favorites, and a Pillow-commissioned world premiere.
Red Sky Performance
At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance is praised as “magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail). They make their Pillow debut with Trace, inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories. | LIVE MUSIC
Martha Graham Dance Company
Imbued with the legacy of modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, this acclaimed American company returns in celebration of female power with The EVE Project, presenting Graham’s Appalachian Spring and Chronicle alongside new commissions by today’s leading female voices.
Sara Mearns: Beyond Ballet
NYCB principal Sara Mearns’ Bessie Award expanded what it means to be a versatile dancer today. This Pillow-exclusive engagement pairs Mearns in multigenre collaborations including No. 1 with the French hip-hop Wang Ramirez, the world premiere of a duet with postmodern dance’s Jodi Melnick, and others.
Directed by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Michelle Dorrance, this lively, heartfelt evening showcases choreography and improvisations created in just three weeks by dancers of the Tap Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow.
“Nothing less than brilliant” (The Boston Globe), the Boston Ballet returns for the first time in over a decade, performing acclaimed repertoire by William Forsythe, Leonid Yakobson, and resident choreographer Jorma Elo. | LIVE MUSIC
Urban Bush Women
In this choreographic riff, Urban Bush Women draw inspiration from the musical life and spiritual journey of legendary composer and saxophonist John Coltrane. Walking with ‘Trane highlights the ensemble’s genuine movement to a score inspired by A Love Supreme. | LIVE MUSIC
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