ALL TICKETED PERFORMANCES
90th Anniversary Gala
This event took place on June 18
Save the date and start your summer dancing! Join us in celebrating the magic that is Jacob’s Pillow and support America’s national dance treasure. Jacob's Pillow's 90th Anniversary Gala honors the reopening of the renovated Ted Shawn Theatre.
America(na) to me
This performance took place June 22–26
Featuring an expansive array of artists including Warwick Gombey Troupe, Mythili Prakash, Jasmine Hearn, Nelida Tirado, Sara Mearns & Joshua Bergasse, Alexandra Tatarsky, and Dormeshia & Guests, this presentation offers an ever-timely reflection on how dance engages questions of heritage, tradition, and belonging.
Eastern Woodland Dances
This performance took place on June 22
Festival 2022 begins with a special celebration of Indigenous dancers, highlighting the breadth of Indigenous performance traditions of the Eastern Woodland region and its diaspora.
Dance of the Ages
This performance took place on June 23
Ted Shawn's historic “Dance of the Ages” (1938) comes alive once again at Jacob's Pillow in this special engagement with Adam Weinert and collaborators. Ted Shawn, founder of Jacob's Pillow, considered “Dance of the Ages” to be his masterpiece.
Collage Dance Collective
This performance took place on June 24
Led by renowned dancer and educator Kevin Thomas, Collage Dance was established in 2006 in response to the ballet industry’s lack of racial diversity on stage. The company returns to Jacob’s Pillow by popular demand following their performance in the Inside/Out series in 2017.
The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Ballet Performance Ensemble
This performance took place on June 25
Performances by The School at Jacob’s Pillow Performance Ensembles provide an inside look at The School experience and feature repertoire created on the dancers by leading choreographers who serve as program faculty. Presented at the culmination of the program, witness this performance from the Performance Ensemble in the genre of Contemporary Ballet (Program Directors Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Luis R. Torres).
This performance took place June 29–July 3
BODYTRAFFIC uses the creative spirit of its Los Angeles home to fulfill its mission of delivering performances that inspire audiences simply to love dance. Since its inception in 2007, the company has held its place at the forefront of the concert dance world.
Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE
This performance took place June 29–July 3
Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE has deeply moved audiences for over 30 years. “No major choreographer has worked harder to bring spiritual awareness to the human heart than Ronald K. Brown,” writes the Washington Post. “His dances concern our struggle to find love and connection, where compassion alone can ease the grueling physical journey of life.”
Loni Landon Dance Project
This performance took place July 1–2
Two award-winning artists working together for the first time—choreographer Loni Landon and experimental harpist Mary Lattimore—bring to the Pillow's outdoor stage a work originally created for the expansive Green-Wood historic cemetery in Brooklyn. Each performance will include the music of Lattimore’s harp and new movement choreographed by Landon for seven up-and-coming dancers.
This performance took place July 6–10
Caleb Teicher brings the best of the swing dance world to Jacob’s Pillow with SW!NG OUT, with live music by Eyal Vilner Big Band. Featuring a cast of 22 performers, including 12 dancers and 10 on the bandstand, Teicher conceived of this piece alongside their brain trust of collaborators: Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Macy Sullivan, and Eyal Vilner.
JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble
This performance took place on July 6
Making their Pillow debut, Los Angeles-based JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble digs deep into the movement in the music, celebrating jazz as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American history and heritage.
This performance took place on July 7
Weaving together lyrics, dance, and visual design, the innovative Prakriti Dance uses the movement vocabulary of the Indian classical dance form Bharata Natyam to transcend cultural boundaries. The company draws inspirations from nature, philosophy, poetry, and other genres to bring modern-day themes into an ever-evolving Indian art form.
This performance took place on July 8
Bill Shannon is an interdisciplinary artist and maker who explores body-centric work through video installation, sculpture, linguistics, sociology, choreography, dance, and politics. His immersion in the emergent youth cultures of hip-hop and skateboarding further contributed to his autodidactic form on
The New York Korean Performing Arts Center
This performance took place on July 9
Founded by Sue Yeon Park in 1986, The New York Korean Performing Arts Center (NYKPAC) consists of Korean traditional music and dance professionals from the city’s Korean-American community, who are dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Korea’s artistic heritage and history.
A.I.M by Kyle Abraham
This performance took place July 13–17
A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, Doris Duke Artist Award winner, and a MacArthur Fellow, Kyle Abraham is one of today’s most in-demand choreographers. His company’s evocative, interdisciplinary work has been praised for its “lush mix of modern and hip-hop dance” (The Boston Globe).
This performance took place on July 13
Ballet Nepantla presents Valentina - a collection of stories that speak to the strength and resilience of women during Revolutionary Mexico. By fusing contemporary ballet with traditional Mexican folkloric, Valentina tells stories of hope and despair, struggle, loss, and triumph.
Mina Nishimura / Kota Yamazaki
This performance took place on July 14
Dance Magazine calls Tokyo-born dance artist Mina Nishimura “a darling of the experimental dance scene.” Nishimura will perform excerpts from her new work, Mapping a Forest while Searching for an Opposite Term of Exorcist. The program will also present I, Ghost, the Other (self), or You, a work in progress created by Nishimura with the Bessie Award-winning Japanese dance theater artist Kota Yamazaki.
Passion Fruit Dance Company with Baye & Asa
This performance took place on July 15
Passion Fruit Dance Company, a New York-based street dance theater company, will perform Trapped, which focuses on the stories of a mosaic of six women, ready to reveal their pain and their path to joy. The New York City duo Baye & Asa will perform John 4:20, a 9-minute duet that interrogates the dancers’ shared history and explores their identities as New Yorkers, jews, Black youth, and male dancers.
The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Performance Ensemble
This performance took place on July 16
Performances by The School at Jacob’s Pillow Performance Ensembles provide an inside look at The School experience and feature repertoire created on the dancers by leading choreographers who serve as program faculty. Presented at the culmination of the program, witness this performance from the Performance Ensemble in the genre of Contemporary (Program Director Milton Myers).
Limón Dance Company
This performance took place July 20–24
Founded in 1946, Limón Dance Company is a thriving legacy of José Limón and his mentors Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, whose innovative works revolutionized dance in America with their dramatic expression, technical mastery, and expansive yet nuanced movement.
Music From The Sole
This performance took place July 20–24
Music From The Sole, co-founded by Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson, is a tap dance and live music company that celebrates tap's Afro-diasporic roots, particularly its connections to Afro-Brazilian dance and music, and its lineage to forms like samba, house dance and passinho (Brazilian street funk).
This performance took place July 27–31
Dedicated to the rich storytelling traditions of the South Pacific, New Zealand-based Black Grace masterfully blends contemporary and Samoan dance genres, expressing them with “phenomenal strength, stamina and spirit” (The New Zealand Herald).
Dichotomous Being: An Evening of Taylor Stanley
This performance took place July 27–31
Already a celebrated principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Taylor Stanley pursues new movement frontiers for this program alongside special guest artists with Kyle Abraham as the Creative Producer.
Michelle N. Gibson with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra / NOJO 7
This performance took place July 29–30
Michelle N. Gibson is a cultural ambassador of the diasporic dance traditions of the Black community in New Orleans. NOJO 7 is a dynamic ensemble drawn from the full New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. This roving performance investigates the creative impulse in Gibson's choreography and practice, which is rooted in her New Orleans African American experience.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
This performance took place August 3–7
Lauded as creating “the most sophisticated modernism in classical dance” (Los Angeles Times), choreographer Alonzo King is renowned for imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential.
Les Ballet Afrik
This event took place on August 3
Les Ballet Afrik’s mission is to represent dance styles from Africa and the United States, with an emphasis on West African, Afrobeat, House, and Vogue. Company founder Omari Wiles—the founding father of the House of Oricci and a legend within the ballroom community—has previously danced with Ephrat Asherie Dance Company, and participated in Pillow Lab residencies prior to founding Les Ballet Afrik.
This performance took place on August 4
The Native American and Canadian collective Indigenous Enterprise first stunned crowds at the Sydney Opera House in 2018 with their explosively jubilant dance and colorful regalia honoring the legacies of their elders. Their new intertribal work “Indigenous Liberation” features songs, stories, and dances from Turtle Island (a folkloric term for North America), led by champion powwow dancers.
Freedom Dabka Group / Soles of Duende Percussive Trio
This performance took place on August 5
The three members of Soles of Duende are bonded by a deep love of music, craft, and connection. Formed in East Harlem, the multicultural, all-female percussive trio is on a lifelong mission to elevate the joy and music of true collaboration across disciplines.
The School at Jacob’s Pillow Musical Theatre Performance Ensemble
This performance took place on August 6
Performances by The School at Jacob’s Pillow Performance Ensembles provide an inside look at The School experience and feature repertoire created on the dancers by leading choreographers who serve as program faculty. Presented at the culmination of the program, witness this performance from the Performance Ensemble in the genre of Musical Theatre (Program Director Jeffrey Page).
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
This performance took place August 10–14
Founded in 1977 by dancer and choreographer Lou Conte, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s mission is to bring artists, art and audiences together to enrich, engage, educate and change lives through the experience of dance. The New York Times wrote that Hubbard Street Dance Chicago “ought to bottle itself as a cure for the ills of the era.”
This performance took place August 10–14
Celebrated for its vibrant athleticism, humor, theatricality, and commitment to collaboration, Dance Heginbotham, led by Artistic Director John Heginbotham is celebrating its 10th Anniversary having established itself as one of the most adventurous companies on the contemporary dance scene.
This performance took place August 10–13
Witches, trials, and exhibitions fly around in Liz Lerman’s new acclaimed evening-length dance-theater piece, Wicked Bodies. Liz and the unusual cast of performers have been exploring how our bodies become sources of evil and power – from fairy tales to government policies. The multidisciplinary piece is designed specifically for a unique setting at Jacob’s Pillow.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
This performance took place August 17–21
Founded by master teacher, choreographer, and cultural ambassador Cleo Parker Robinson in 1970, this Denver-based distinguished modern dance company is renowned for a dynamic body of work inspired by the African American experience and rooted in dance forms and traditions worldwide.
Vanessa Sanchez & La Mezcla
This performance took place on August 17
La Mezcla is a polyrhythmic, multidisciplinary San Francisco-based dance and music ensemble rooted in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous traditions and social justice. Founded in 2014 by Dance/USA Artist Fellow Vanessa Sanchez, the grassroots group brings together Tap, Son Jarocho, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms to share the often unseen histories and experiences of communities of color on stages, streets, and fields.
Hustle at the Pillow
This performance took place on August 18
Abdiel, Alessandra Marconi, and Joana Matos join efforts to bring the Hustle to the Pillow. You will experience the roots and influences of the Hustle as we know it today, and explore some of its cultural elements from the dancer’s perspective to the beat of a live DJ set. Estrellitas de Sorto is a nationally recognized Latin dance program that originated at Promise Academy within Washington DC’s beloved KIPP school system. Led by Edwin Sorto, this opening program connects children to Latinx culture, with an emphasis on its African roots.
East Coast Styles: Street and Social Dance
This performance took place on August 19
The Northeast United States is an incubator for some of the country’s most globally influential street and social dance styles. This high-energy program features leading culture bearers from the New York City, Baltimore, and Washington DC dance worlds, particularly from the Lite Feet, Flex, Baltimore Club, and Go-Go communities.
The School at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Theatre: Afro-Latin Immersion Performance Ensemble
This performance took place on August 20
Performances by The School at Jacob’s Pillow Performance Ensembles provide an inside look at The School experience and feature repertoire created on the dancers by leading choreographers who serve as program faculty. Presented at the culmination of the program, witness this performance from the Performance Ensemble in the genre of Dance Theatre: Afro-Latin Immersion (Program Director Maria Torres).
Miami City Ballet
This performance took place August 24–28
Founded in 1985 by Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin and Founding Artistic Director and ballet legend Edward Villella, MCB is universally admired as one of the world’s preeminent interpreters of the choreography of George Balanchine.
Ladies of Hip-Hop Dance Collective
This performance took place on August 24
Performed by the all-female intergenerational Ladies of Hip-Hop Dance Collective (LOHHDC), the Black Dancing Bodies Project is an ongoing journey through layers of identity and existence for Black women in street dance and the world at large.
Boston Dance Theater
This performance took place on August 25
Under the co-artistic direction of Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and award-winning, Dutch-Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili, Boston Dance Theater (BDT) is committed to presenting works of socio-political relevance that challenge the edges of current world issues.
This performance took place on August 26
Kayla Hamilton is a Black Disabled choreographer, producer, and educator originally from Texarkana, Texas, who now resides in the Bronx. For her Pillow debut, Hamilton brings her newest work, Nearly Sighted/unearthing the dark, which explores how we gather information from artistic experiences without relying on eyesight, and challenges the audience’s imagination by providing multiple ways in which to “see” the movement.
This performance took place on August 27
Founded by internationally recognized performer and choreographer Yue Yin, YYDC comes to Jacob’s Pillow with two recent works. The first is Ember, a fluid yet dynamic unison work exploring individuality and the possibilities that interdependence offers in a diverse society. Ripple is an intimate and intricate work representing the spectrum between order and chaos.
In addition to ticketed performances, Festival 2022 included many free and paid events and activities. These included:
• Free public access to exhibits, multimedia, and resources in the Archives (Blake’s Barn and the Norton Owen Reading Room)
• Twice-weekly PillowTalks, a free curated series of entertaining and informative discussions at Blake’s Barn
• Morning Classes and Sunday Workshops with Festival artists
• Lively parties, including a Freestyle Dance Battle and Pillow PRIDE weekend
• Free artist-led community workshops and traveling performances across Berkshire County
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Jacob’s Pillow Members enjoy the best there is to offer in dance—from renowned and new companies on our stages and on your screens to intimate conversations and Q&As with dancers and leaders in the field of dance, and much more. Members support the Pillow’s performance spaces, Archives, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Community Engagement programs, and our landmark 220 acres.