On August 27, 2016, Jacob’s Pillow Dance announced plans to build a new dance studio on its campus, signifying a deep commitment to The School at Jacob’s Pillow and year-round creative development, engagement, and educational programs.
“This new studio ensures that our facilities live up to the prestigious reputation of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and symbolizes a commitment to our growing role as a center for dance research, development, and training.”
The Perles Family Studio is multifunctional, serving as rehearsal space, instructional space, informal performance space, and facilities for visiting artists. It can accommodate up to 200 seats, such as for Inside/Out performances in the instances of rain and inclement weather.
The studio will serve as the new home for The School at Jacob’s Pillow and its prestigious professional advancement programs. Throughout the fall, winter, and spring months, the new studio will allow the Pillow to expand its capacity for year-round programming, including increasing the number of Pillow Lab residencies it can make available to choreographers.
View the year long project in this beautiful timelapse by Nel Shelby Productions:
“A Study in Cutting-Edge Design”
The new Perles Family Studio is named in recognition of a lead gift from the Perles Family Foundation and Jacob’s Pillow Trustee Claudia Perles. The project is designed by award-winning Flansburgh Architects of Boston, and constructed by Allegrone Companies of Pittsfield, MA. Read The official ground-breaking ceremony took place October 14, 2016 and the official ribbon cutting ceremony took place August 18, 2017. On Saturday, August 26, the Perles Family Studio was open to the public at the annual Festival Finale celebration.
View more photos of the new Perles Family Studio:
Chair Mark Leavitt, Trustee & Donor Claudia Perles, Director Pamela Tatge and participants of the 2017 Musical Theatre Dance Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow cutting the ribbon at the new Perles Family Studio | photo Christopher Duggan.
Perles Family Studio Ribbon Cutting | photo Christopher Duggan.
Dancers from American College Dance Association | photo Brooke Trisolini.
2017 Festival Finale | photo David Dashiell.